About Us

We are a collective of language and literacy educators committed to social justice in our work with students, colleagues, partners, and community members. We are privileged to learn, teach, and engage in our research on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam people). We recognize that language and literacy education perpetuates systems of privilege and oppression, but it can also transform these conditions. As leaders in the field, we aim to establish antiracist, decolonial, and sustainable communities that affirm human, linguistic, and epistemological diversity and equity. We acknowledge our privilege and strive to overcome effects of power that adversely influence the lives of people who are marginalized due to Indigeneity, race, gender, class, sexuality, language, culture, religion, or ability. In our scholarship, teaching, service, and leadership, we are committed to fostering relational and respectful environments, legitimizing diverse Indigenous and non-dominant knowledges, and transforming systems to enable us to advance social justice in language and literacy education.

Our commitment is enacted through our study and teaching, especially in five interrelated areas of interest and expertise:
Language, literacy, and literary learning across the lifespan and lifeworlds.
Pedagogies, digital media, and learning in networked multimodal, multilingual contexts.
Theories, technologies and methodologies for the study of literacies and languages.
Critical studies in languages and literacies.
Creative studies in literacies and languages.

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