Reimagining Literacy: Being Literate in the Pandemic Era



Author Biographies

Linda Laidlaw, University of Alberta

Linda Laidlaw is a Professor working in the area of early literacy in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Alberta. Formerly a classroom teacher, her research focuses on digital and mobile technologies in primary education, diversity, and the relationships between children’s digital practices at home and their experiences at school. Her latest projects, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, working with teachers, parents and children, investigates new pedagogical frames and strategies for literacy education in a changing world. ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2017-4302

Suzanna Wong, University of Alberta

Suzanna So Har Wong is a former early childhood educator now working as an Adjunct Professor and Assistant Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education, at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on young children’s literacy practices at home and in school. Her current research project, A longitudinal study of children’s multiliteracy practices in ‘out-of-school’ settings focuses on children’s literacy engagements in- and out-of-school environments and examines children’s perspectives on these literacy practices. ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6473-9603

Joanne O'Mara, Deakin University

Joanne O’Mara is an Associate Professor of Language and Literature Education and Chair of English teaching method at Deakin University. An experienced secondary English and Drama teacher, she has continued to work with young people and schools through her university research. She particularly values the opportunity to work with students to develop their confidence and self-belief. She considers herself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to work with wonderful colleagues on a series of projects that are valuable. This research includes reading for pleasure, literacies and new textual practices; digital play and games; literacy pedagogies and gratitude and secondary English and drama pedagogy.




How to Cite

Laidlaw, L., Wong, S., & O’Mara, J. (2021). Reimagining Literacy: Being Literate in the Pandemic Era. Language and Literacy, 23(2), 1–2.