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Temas, Textos, and Translanguaging: Storytelling and Social Justice

Presented By Carla EspaƱa and Luz Yadira Herrera

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Webinar Dates:

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 3:00pm–4:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants within two business days of each live session.


In En Comunidad, Carla España and Luz Yadira Herrera provide a framework for teaching bilingual Latinx students that affirms students' identities, language, and cultural practices, keeping social justice at the forefront of teaching and learning, and being in solidarity with students and the community.

This webinar series will guide participants across three ways to apply a Temas, Textos, and Translanguaging approach to building community and critical consciousness with bilingual Latinx students. Participants will learn ways to develop plans for reading-in-community and mentor text analysis for supporting children's storytelling. Unlike traditional read-alouds, reading-in-community centers the reading practices of the students in the classroom and is meant to create greater opportunities for children to engage with the text. Participants will learn ways to teach students how to examine harmful dominant narratives and challenge these with counter-narratives. This series culminates in sample sequences of lessons that support students' understanding of a social justice issue and developing an informed stance.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:


  • Select mentor texts, including multimodal texts
  • Create a Reading-in-Community plan
  • Use mentor texts to examine storytelling moves


  • Integrate poetry in shared reading to develop understandings of history, ourselves, and community
  • Trace colonization in texts and growing our understanding of terminology
  • Identify master narratives and counter-narratives
  • Create counter-narratives rooted in an understanding of social movements


  • Engage with primary and secondary sources when studying social justice issues
  • Explore approaches for researching policy
  • Guide students on developing an informed stance on issues of social justice and plans for advocacy


Carla España, PhD, is an instructor and fieldwork advisor at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She teaches in the Bilingual/TESOL graduate program and partners with K-12 schools and university teacher preparation programs to support preservice and in-service teachers, coaches, and administrators. As a former middle grade bilingual teacher and literacy coach, she has more than ten years of curriculum development in K-12 settings across schools in the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia. Her teaching, writing, research, and workshops live at the intersections of critical literacy, bilingual/multilingual education, children's literature, translanguaging, language ideologies, and teacher education. Find her on Twitter @ProfesoraEspana.

Luz Yadira Herrera, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Multilingual Education in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno. She has over 15 years of experience in the education of emergent bilinguals in both mainstream and bilingual settings. Dr. Herrera's teaching and research are in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy. Find her on Twitter @Dra_LuzYadira.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades K-12 in both bilingual and monolingual settings, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $169.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $159.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. Tuition also includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for up to 90 days after the conclusion of the webinar series.


It is highly recommended that participants have a copy of En Comunidad. If you do not own a copy, you may purchase one online here: En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence from Heinemann. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series along with some general instructions on how to prepare your computer for the webinar. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 2 days prior to each webinar date with a link to our webinar platform Zoom, directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

09/29/2020-10/27/2020 - Starts September 29, 2020- 3:00-4:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 09/29/2020 - 10/27/2020* Where: Online

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