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Educator. Author. Racial Literacy Advocate.

Events

Saturday,

October 12

New Orleans, Louisiana

International Literacy Association

Affinity group book clubs are safe havens for students who feel marginalized in their schools and in the world. Benefits include affirming students’ identities in spaces where they feel valued, included, and empowered. They can transform “reluctant” readers into ravenous readers when they encounter characters who mirror their lives. Through reading and discussing texts students critique and expand the boundaries of society-imposed norms.

Empowering Readers: Affinity Group Book Clubs That Affirm Student Identities

Monday,

October 21

Providence, Rhode Island

Literacy For ALl 2019

Affinity group book clubs are safe havens for students who feel marginalized in their schools and in the world. Benefits include affirming students’ identities in spaces where they feel valued, included, and empowered. They can transform “reluctant” readers into ravenous readers when they encounter characters who mirror their lives. Through reading and discussing texts students critique and expand the boundaries of society-imposed norms.

Empowering Readers: Affinity Group Book Clubs That Affirm Student Identities

November 6

Southbury, Connecticut

Connecticut Reading Association

Are your students journeying through reading as though they were commuters, not explorers? Have you had book clubs fade or fizzle in your classroom. Or perhaps you've avoided book clubs altogether, unsure about the benefits of students taking on such an endeavor. During this presentation, I'll help you to breathe new life into book clubs by sharing 5 ways that support blended-learning book clubs where students read about, examine, and investigate the issues that to them, matter most. This session will be chock full of the best tips for bringing joy and depth to student-led, blended-learning book clubs.

Five Ways to Breathe New Life into Book Clubs

November 6

Southbury, Connecticut

Connecticut Reading Association

As teachers, we hold a powerful platform. And from this platform we have the power to include, affirm, and celebrate all of our students by making conscious decisions about the books we make available in our classrooms. This presentation is all about the steps educators can take to diversity their libraries and the books and authors that help them to achieve this important goal.

Great Books the Feature Diverse Characters by Authors of Color: Addressing the Diversity Deficit in our Classroom Libraries and in our Teaching

November 18 - November 20​

New York, New York

Teachers College Reading Writing Project

James Baldwin once said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” During this institute we will explore the pathways and possibilities for shattering silences around race and racism in classrooms and schools.

Equity & Inclusion Institute: Facilitating Conversations about Race

Friday,

November 22

Baltimore, Maryland

NCTE 2019

Are your students journeying through reading as though they were commuters, not explorers? Have you had book clubs fade or fizzle in your classroom? Or perhaps you’ve avoided book clubs altogether, unsure about the benefits of students taking on such an endeavor. Join us as we breathe new life into book clubs by sharing 5 inquiry-based strategies that support blended-learning book clubs where students read about, examine, and investigate the issues that to them, matter most. This session will be chock full of our best tips for bringing joy and depth to student-led, blended-learning book clubs. 

Meaningful Inquiry by Taking Stock of Self, School, and Book Characters

Saturday,

November 23

Baltimore, Maryland

NCTE 2019

How do we help students view reading and writing not as skills necessary for performance on standardized tests or assignments? We disrupt standardized practices and instead place student agency and empowerment at the core. In this multimedia, interactive session, the presenters will demonstrate how inquiry helps students develop different perspectives and beliefs about literacy that extend far beyond performance on evaluative measures to authentic applications that make a difference in their lives. 

Taking An Inquiry Stance: Disrupting Normative Practices in Reading and Writing with authors Colleen Cruz, Dana Johansen, Jennifer Serravallo and educator Tiana Silvas

Sunday,

November 24

Baltimore, Maryland

NCTE 2019

Reading As an Act of Resistance is an interactive, educator and author panel about specific ways books can be used in the classroom to celebrate diversity, expand world views, build empathy, and inspire young readers to not only ask for information, but to demand it.

Reading as an Act of Resistance with authors Samira Ahmed, Zetta Elliott, Ibi Zoboi, and educator Julia Torres

February 10, 2020

Columbus, Ohio

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference

Inquiry-based strategies support blended-learning book clubs where students read about, examine, investigate, and discuss the issues that matter most to them.

5 Ways to Transform and Strengthen Student-Led Book Club Discussions