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Justice, Books, and Hearts: The Intersection of ABAR, Texts, and SEL / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Lorena Germán

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, March 8, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Ever wonder how to design lessons that are highly engaging, teach anti-bias and anti-racist (ABAR) concepts, and offer students social emotional learning support? In this mini-workshop, we will begin by exploring ABAR strategies using free Teaching Tolerance resources that will serve as a framework. We will also consider meaningful texts we can use for rigorous analysis, the study of craft, and thoughtful classroom discussions. Lastly, we will explore how all of it ties into social-emotional support and growth for students by focusing on core social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies. Although this is a journey and ongoing self-work, there are ways to start and actions we can take now!

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a framework for teaching from an ABAR lens
  • Identify ways to determine appropriate and meaningful texts to use from an ABAR lens
  • Analyze the intersection of ABAR teaching and social emotional teaching and learning

About the Presenter

Lorena Germán is a Dominican American educator focused on anti-racist and anti-bias work in education. She earned her master's degree at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. She's a two-time nationally awarded educator featured in NCTE journals, EdWeek, National Writing Project, and Embracing Equity; and also in The New York Times. She published The Anti-Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook, and she has a forthcoming Heinemann book (Fall 2021) about curriculum development focused on social justice. She's a cofounder of the groups #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom. She is the director of pedagogy at EduColor and is also the chair of National Council of Teachers of English's Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. Of all her work, Lorena is most dedicated to her roles as wife and mami.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades 3-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and counselors.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


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03/08/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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