Expanding Literacy Horizons: Inclusive, Diverse, and Innovative Approaches





literacy advocacy, editorial, diversity and inclusion, innovative approaches


The spring 2023 issue of the Georgia Journal of Literacy, “Expanding Literacy Horizons: Inclusive, Diverse, and Innovative Approaches,” aims to inspire and inform K–12 literacy educators, researchers, and stakeholders by offering valuable insights, research, and resources. The issue emphasizes collaboration, creativity, and critical reflection and is divided into sections by article type, including a literature review on inclusive literacy ideologies; practitioner articles exploring interdisciplinary approaches, reading aloud, and the use of cluster texts to celebrate diversity in education; and teaching tips offering guidance on organizing author visits, fostering classroom community, and transitioning to digital interactive journals. The issue encourages readers to reflect on how inclusive, diverse, and innovative approaches can be integrated into their practices to create more equitable, dynamic, and engaging learning environments.

Author Biographies

  • Dr. Bethany L. Scullin, University of West Georgia

    Dr. Bethany L. Scullin ([email protected]) is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Literacy and Urban Education from Kent State University, an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. She taught in public elementary schools in southwest Florida for 10 years. Dr. Scullin's research focuses on developing culturally relevant reading curricula for African American male students and promoting race-talk in elementary classrooms through picture books.

  • Dr. Robert A. Griffin, University of West Georgia

    Dr. Robert A. Griffin ([email protected]) is an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches courses in literacy education and TESOL. With 13 years of experience teaching English and ESOL in rural and urban Georgia schools, Dr. Griffin's research focuses on reading motivation and achievement for diverse learners. He challenges deficit-oriented paradigms and aims to highlight the skills and talents of at-promise student groups. Dr. Griffin serves as co-editor of the Georgia Journal of Literacy and on the editorial review boards of several journals. His publications cover reading motivation among native Spanish speakers, authentic writing instruction, and morphological awareness for culturally and linguistically diverse students. His work has been featured in leading journals, including Reading Psychology, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Expanding Literacy Horizons (Scullin & Griffin, 2023)






From the Editor(s)

How to Cite

Scullin, B., & Griffin, R. (2023). Expanding Literacy Horizons: Inclusive, Diverse, and Innovative Approaches. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 45(1), 1–3. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.108

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