The authors explore how place-based advocacy effects and pedagogies have provided a way to address the needs of students. Insights on the ways authors have confronted challenges in their elementary and secondary settings reveal strategies that can be carefully integrated by literacy educators into other “places” of learning.

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Author Bio

Dr. Briana Asmus is a high school ESL teacher for Kalamazoo Public Schools. She has served as Assistant Professor of Education and ESL/Bilingual Program Director at Aquinas College, and has taught English as a foreign language (EFL) in South Korea, Japan, and China. She has authored several publications, and is currently the President-Elect of MITESOL. Her hobbies include teaching movement, riding mopeds, and reading Queer YA Literature. She can be reached at .

Ms. Austyn Sabin is an ESL teacher in the K-3 sheltered Newcomer classroom in the Kalamazoo Public School district. Her interests include finding innovative channels for family advocacy, running, and learning about the world around her. She can be reached at .



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