We can do it because they did it! Three generations of literacy educators in Texas

Stewart, Mary Amanda
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Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

The unique challenges (and promises) teachers encounter today can be informed by the past. What literacy and language education mean for Mary Stewart, assistant professor of bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) education at Texas Woman's University, is a product of what it has meant for educators like her grandmother and mother. In this article, Stewart describes how her grandmother and mother's stories may provide relevant answers for the present and future. She explains how they inspire her to face challenges in the classroom by being passionate and being a learner. Herein, she shares three generations' stories of teaching English in Texas including accounts of what literacy education was like from the 1940s through the 1980s; the 1970s through the 2000s; and literacy education today.

Article originally published in English in Texas, 47(1), 36-41. English. Published Online 2016. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1262892
Literacy eduction, Second language instruction, English instruction, English teachers, Educational history, Teacher characteristics
This is the published version of an article that is available at https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1262892. Recommended citation: Stewart, M.A. (2016). We can do it because they did it! Three generations of literacy educators in Texas. English in Texas, 47(1), 36-41. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.