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Never Too Young to Think: Social Literacy for Our Youngest Learners / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Kass Minor

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, February 22, 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.


In so many school spaces, we struggle with how to talk to our youngest learners about events in our communities. Discussing differences and difficult histories can feel tricky. But not discussing these things gives kids a false sense of the world and who they are in it. In this session we will consider methodologies, approaches, and resources that allow us to talk to children in honest, developmentally appropriate ways about the world that they are growing into. This mini-workshop is about doing the work beyond merely expecting that kids will be the leaders of tomorrow. This work is about giving them a framework for how they—in their play and among their friends—can be the leaders that they were born to be today.

Essential Question: How do we teach our youngest students about class, gender, race, and other nuanced topics?

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to design honest, justice-oriented learning experiences, enacting children as co-owners of the curriculum
  • Learn the connections between researched-based childhood development, developing curriculum in accordance to grade-level standards, and responsive inquiry practices

About the Presenter

Kass Minor is an inclusive educator and community organizer who is deeply involved in local, inquiry-based teacher research and school community development. With her partner and husband, Cornelius Minor, and alongside partnerships with the University of Chicago, Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project, and the New York City Department of Education, she established The Minor Collective LLC, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools, redefining what it means to develop affirming, welcoming school culture and instructional practice through the lens of racial justice, decolonization, and liberation. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, KQED Mindshift, Parents Magazine, and Nice White Parents, a podcast from Serial Productions and The New York Times. For more on Kass's work and publications, visit

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades PreK-6, caregivers, school social workers, counselors, teaching assistants, preservice teachers, paraprofessionals, and school leaders.

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.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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02/22/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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