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Uplifting Community: Bridging Home and School with Love, Connection, and Literacies / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Kass Minor

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern Time (ET).

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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.


Families and caregivers are an essential part of a school's ecosystem, but too often, the gap between family and school is wide. In this workshop, Kass Minor shows you how to create meaningful partnerships between home and school, growing shared culture, greater understanding around equity and resources, and engagement in rich literacy practices. Participants will learn from communities Kass has worked with that are representative of multiple school districts around the country. Through this process, participants will apply learning in the context of their own school communities, thinking about how they might develop action-oriented community groups who study together, take action, and change how families and school work together to center children—especially their learning and their joy.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to create space for powerful family listening sessions, collecting cultural knowledge to be integrated in school routines and classroom communities
  • Learn more about how to incorporate historically responsive literacies, particularly through the lens of "The History of School" within family-school meeting spaces
  • Study how other school communities have implemented inclusive policies, such as translanguaging, building representative libraries and curriculum, and school-home communications
  • Activate and apply learning within your own school community context

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. Alongside partnerships with the University of Chicago, Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project, The Author Village, and the New York City Department of Education, since 2004, she has worked as a teacher, staff developer, adjunct professor, speaker, and documentarian. With her partner and husband, Cornelius Minor, 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 recently been featured in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, KQED Mindshift, Parents magazine, Teaching Tolerance magazine, and Nice White Parents, a podcast from Serial Productions and The New York Times. For more on Kass's work and publications, visit These days, you'll find Kass rekindling her inner child through ongoing experiments in urban gardening with her two daughters, curating numerous at-home libraries (ones full of tea, recipes, and yes, books!), and designing jewelry in the company of her fluffy Siberian cat, Boris, and husband, Cornelius, in Brooklyn, New York.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators, guidance counselors, school social workers, deans, and paraprofessionals.

Tuition Fee (July 1 - December 31, 2022 Events)

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $49.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 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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Registration Form

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

07/27/2022 - 10:00am-11:30am ET, Online

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10:00am-11:30am ET, Online