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Alex Vasquez named AISD Middle School Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to Alex Vasquez, who graduates this May with her Master of Ed in Reading Education degree, and who has been named Middle School Teacher of the Year for Austin ISD! 

Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz presented her with the award on Tuesday, April 19th, 2017, and it is one of the highest honors the district bestows on its teachers.


Program Students and Faculty participate in Bobcat Build

Bobcat Build

The Simon Middle School literacy block students and Dr. Jane Saunders took part in Bobcat Build this year, helping paint a home in San Marcos that had suffered damage from recent flooding.

Faculty and Student Presentations
International Literacy Association Annual Conference
Boston, MA July 9-11, 2016

[L-R] Dr. Gwynne Ash, graduate student Isabelle Salazar, and Dr. Jane Saunders

One of our goals as professors in the M. of Ed in Reading Education Program at Texas State University is to work actively with students to make public what we’re learning from one another through courses and research.  We do this by presenting at professional conferences and publishing in academic journals side-by-side with the students in our program.

This summer, several of our graduate students presented at the International Literacy Conference with faculty from Texas State.

Dr. Gwynne Ash, graduate student Isabelle Salazar, and Dr. Jane Saunders presented a paper at the conference titled "The Kids Are All Right: Guiding adolescents’ critical use of social media to read and respond to their world." The three currently have a manuscript under review related to this work.


ILA connects literacy practitioners in more than 75 countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. This tightly knit community of literacy students, teachers, experts, and leaders facilitates ongoing communication, connection, and active participation in councils, SIGs, international affiliates, and global support networks. 

The goal of the annual ILA conference is to help reading professionals who are passionate about global literacy and literacy learning discover new teaching methods, materials, and emerging tools to transform lives through literacy. Conference participants had a chance to connect with thousands of educators and literacy professionals from around the globe and get books signed by their favorite authors.