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Speaking Topics

  • Building foundations for antibias and antiracist teaching and learning
  • Designing curriculum for high engagement, rigor, skill development, with social justice-related content through research-based framework
  • Incorporating innovative and dynamic teaching through student-driven practices
  • Developing classroom culture for and about positive social transformation
  • Strategizing with students for meaningful and social issue-focused, project-based learning

Speaker Profile

Lorena Germán is a two-time nationally awarded Dominican American educator focused on antiracist and antibias education. She's been featured in The New York Times, NPR, PBS, Rethinking Schools, EdWeek, NCTE journals, Learning for Justice magazine, and more. She is the author of The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook, which is full of strategies for immediate classroom implementation. Lorena also authored Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices, introducing a research-based framework for curriculum and lesson development focused on social justice.

As cofounder of #DisruptTexts she has led an international movement inspiring educators to reimagine their literacy practices and reconsider text selection for more meaningfully inclusive curricula. As Academic Director of Multicultural Classroom, she leads educators and schools in turning antiracist ideas and theory into practice through keynotes, workshops, coaching, departmental level initiatives, and organizational project-based partnerships. Lorena is also the Chair of NCTE's Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English, through which she creates learning opportunities and materials for ELA teachers, as well as works to move the needle toward justice in the ELA field.

You can find Lorena on Twitter @nenagerman or on Instagram @Multiculturalclassroom.


Grades: 6–12