Dr. Alfred Tatum
Dr. Alfred Tatum is interim dean and professor of curriculum and instruction, and director of the Reading Clinic at the University of Illinois, Chicago. After beginning his career as an eighth-grade teacher, Dr. Tatum became a reading specialist. He is the author and academic advisor of Scholastic’s high-school reading and writing program ID: Voice, Vision, Identity.
Dr. Tatum has authored over 60 publications, including
Fearless Voices: Engaging a New Generation of African American Adolescent Male Writers(Scholastic 2013), which builds on years of research and practice in adolescent literacy development.
My work aims to address all students as strong thinkers who deserve access to the texts and tools with which to frame ideas, formulate opinions, and address the big issues of our time. We developed the ID Literacy Collaborative to help students find their voices and engage with texts that connect them to goals larger than themselves.