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LIVE WEBINARS:
Creating Literacy Classrooms for Critical Consciousness: Self-Assessment, Inclusive Libraries, and Student Empowerment

Presented By Penny Kittle and Julia Torres

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Webinar Dates:

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 6:00pm–7:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

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

Overview:

How do texts represent current understandings of race, class, and gender dynamics in the world?

Critical consciousness is the ability to apply critical thought processes to the world and the things we read. Students are too often dependent on teachers to progress along stages of complexity; we believe we must empower students through reading. In order to teach students to develop a critical consciousness, teachers must deeply understand its role in both reading comprehension and reader identity. In this live webinar series we will explore both.

We will study the many ways our individual textual lineages impact ideas of what texts are worthy of academic study, as well as the biases we bring into literacy instruction. We will conduct a self-assessment of our own biases and explore tools and methods for building more inclusive classroom and school libraries. We will examine the methods and processes teachers use to analyze students' abilities and the way our biases shape the feedback we give students.

We will also study the thought processes teachers engage in when conferring with students, selecting texts for book clubs, and choosing a core text to read as a class. And we will share ways teachers can develop student independence in text selection and in evaluating their progress as readers. Throughout this series, we will share ways to study word craft in compelling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Teachers will also leave with an understanding of how non-traditional storytelling (manga, graphic novels, poetry, audiobooks, ebooks) can empower young readers.

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

SESSION 1:

  • Study the ways our individual textual lineages impact ideas of what texts are worthy of academic study as well as biases we bring into literacy instruction
  • Conduct a self-assessment of our own biases and explore tools and methods for building more inclusive classroom and school libraries
  • Learn to support students in their development of a critical consciousness as a key component of education for liberation

SESSION 2:

  • Examine the methods and processes teachers use to analyze students' abilities and the way our biases shape the feedback we give students
  • Identify the thought processes teachers engage in when conferring with students, selecting texts for book clubs, and in choosing a core text to read as a class
  • Share methods of evaluation (alternatives to leveling texts) where we measure text complexity through three lenses: quantitative; qualitative; and an undefined, more human element in order to develop a language to discuss text complexity with students
  • Explore a customizable evaluation tool to helps students use indicators to determine complexity—and then use it to defend their choices

SESSION 3:

  • Understand how non-traditional storytelling (manga, graphic novels, poetry, audiobooks, ebooks) can empower young readers
  • Learn ways to study word craft in compelling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
  • Reflect on our new understanding about the tools, methods, and mindset we can use to develop more critical consciousness in our classrooms

Presenters

Julia E. Torres has taught Language Arts for fifteen years. Currently, she is a teacher librarian for the Montbello Campus serving five schools within the Far Northeast region of Denver Public schools. Formerly, a teacher of AP English Language/Literature, Julia has served Colorado Language Arts teachers as the Vice-President and President of the regional NCTE affiliate—The Colorado Language Arts Society. As a teacher/activist committed to education as a practice of freedom, her practice is grounded in the work of empowering students to use Language Arts to fuel resistance and positive social transformation. Currently, Julia is serving teachers as a 2018-20 Heinemann Fellow, focusing on libraries, digital literacy, and the formation of reading identities among secondary students in urban school districts. Julia is also the current NCTE Secondary-Representative At-Large. In cooperation with The Educator Collaborative, Julia facilitates workshops and professional conversations about anti-bias/anti-racist education, social justice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies in Language Arts, as well as digital literacy and librarianship. Julia serves on several local and national boards and committees promoting educational equity and progressivism..

Penny Kittle teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for over thirty years. She is the coauthor of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award. She also coauthored two books with her mentor, Don Graves, and coedited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Graves' work, Children Want to Write. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the 2015 Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE's Conference on English Leadership. She regularly works beside teachers to empower young readers and writers.

Who should participate?

ELA teachers of grades 6-12, librarians, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Tuition

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.

Confirmation

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.


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04/30/2020-05/14/2020 - Starts April 30, 2020- 6:00-7:15pm EST
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