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Multi-Day Institute:
Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy

Presented by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Tricia Ebarvia

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Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy

Presented by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Tricia Ebarvia, and special keynote speakers.

Join us for a practical and personal four-day institute that will show you how to create classroom literacy practices that are truly inclusive and equitable.

Note about sister Institute: This institute is also being held in West Chester, PA on July 15 - 18, 2020.

Each institute is presented in collaboration with a regional site of the National Writing Project. Writing Project sites are found across the country and offer quality professional development programs for educators at all grade and experience levels.

What does a classroom, a school, or even a society, that is actively and deeply engaged in freedom look like? As bell hooks reminds us, when we push against and beyond boundaries, we get closer to the practice of freedom.

Teaching to transgress—to fulfill the promise of democracy—can feel like a daunting, if not impossible, task given today's current social and political climate. Too often, fear—as manifested through overt and systemic racism and xenophobia—has placed a stranglehold on our ability to communicate with one another honestly and responsibly. As educators, we have a responsibility to not only guide our students through this time, but to empower them to be an antidote to divisiveness and a voice for justice.

Antiracist, anti-bias work, however, demands critical reflection and action: How can we ensure that our educational practices are not just inclusive but equitable? How can we use our power and position as educators to transform systems, whether those systems be our individual classrooms, districts, or greater communities? How can we help students read, write, and speak up for justice?

During this institute, we'll discover the possibilities for students when equity is the foundation for our literacy practices and explore ideas that bring us closer to addressing the overarching question of this institute: How can we use reading and writing to advance social justice?

*During this institute, you have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a combination of large group learning and small group collaboration
  • Learn from special keynote speakers and in community with small group facilitators and antiracist educators
  • Extend your learning by attending optional film screenings and discussions held on some evenings
  • Learn and practice strategies to navigate conversations about race and social justice with colleagues and students
  • Read a variety of texts by #ownvoices authors and consider how they can be used in the classroom
  • Explore writing activities that can help students develop their voices in culturally sustaining ways
  • Develop an understanding of critical race theory, racial identity development, culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies—and the implications for teaching students
  • Leave with a plan of action for how to interrupt racism personally and professionally
  • Continue interacting with Sonja and Tricia through a five-part webinar series held during the 2020-2021 school year (included with registration).

*Agenda subject to change.

Who Should Attend?

  • Classroom teachers of grades K–12
  • Literacy/instructional/tech coaches
  • Reading/writing/technology/media specialists/librarians
  • Special educators
  • Administrators and district leaders
  • Teacher educators (homeroom, resource, etc.)
  • Authors
  • Equity teams

Pricing Information

The cost of this institute is $650.00 per person and includes the following:

  • a handout collection designed specifically for this institute
  • breakfast each day
  • a personalized certificate of attendance
  • a five-part webinar series during the 2020-21 school year.

Special Accommodation Requests

For special accommodations, please email us at

Event Photography Notification

Please note that during this event, photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending this event, you agree to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, and give permission for Heinemann to use your likeness in any promotional and/or marketing materials. If you do not wish to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, you must see a Heinemann facilitator or staff member to sign an opt-out form, and have your picture taken for identification purposes. Failure to do so will assume permission has been given to use your likeness in any marketing and/or promotional materials.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

07/28/2020-07/31/2020 - San Jose, CA

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Availability: Available When: 07/28/2020 - 07/31/2020 Where:
San Jose State University
MacQuarrie Hall
1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Closest Airport: San Jose Airport SJO | San Jose, CA

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