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UMFK'S GERALDINE CANNON BECKER WRITES CHAPTER IN BOOK ON EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH LITERACY

May 28, 2009

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University of Maine at Fort Kent Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, Geraldine Cannon Becker, has authored a chapter in Empowering Women Through Literacy: Views from Experience, a comprehensive collection of writings supporting women's learning needs in adult basic education and literacy settings.

Professor Cannon Becker’s chapter – the first in the collection -- is entitled: Enriching Lives. The collection is published by Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The unique volume of writings by educators in the field working with women's literacy reveals the many ways in which addressing women's empowerment through literacy continues to impact lives.

Empowering Women through Literacy: Voices from Experience is the first comprehensive collection of writing from the field by everyday educators who experience the joys and challenges, creativity and barriers to acknowledge or integrate innovative solutions to support women's learning needs in adult basic education (ABE) and literacy settings.

Mirroring the power of community-based and grassroots organizations, the volume has had a remarkable history. It emerged from five years of work by the Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network (WE LEARN) to address the needs of literacy educators and students alike through the organization.  

The vibrant collective of the WE LEARN network provides consistent visibility for women’s literacy issues, creates connections among educators and activists, supports self-efficacy among learners, encourages new research relevant to women in ABE, and develops and distributes women-focused literacy materials and curriculum resources.   ###