Selecting Inclusive Texts & Developing a Critical Lens (SD85128)
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About the Event
Children deserve to be seen, recognized, and loved for their full humanity, and they deserve to have their lived experiences affirmed on the pages of the books that we purchase, recommend, add to curriculum, and read aloud to them. This is the beauty and honor, and obligation, of the work that we do with young people. Yet for many educators, the books used in the curriculum do not honor these goals. We can no longer be satisfied with the same old texts and perspectives - we have to engage in critical analysis and strategic selection of the titles we share. It’s time to look at books with an eye toward positive representation, diversity, inclusiveness, and impact for the needs of your learners while also considering personal / organizational biases and missing representation. This workshop will leave you better equipped and inspired to develop a more inclusive reading culture that supports all students in your school community.
In this full day workshop, we will spend the morning acknowledging our starting points for privilege and bias; recognizing the need for, and issues with, representation in children’s literature; and learning methods for selecting texts using a critical lens. The afternoon is dedicated to practicing applying a critical lens to common individual texts; analyzing resources you already have in use; developing specific strategies for critical analysis of a unit or collection as a whole in your work environment; and making strategic selections for texts to use moving forward. While not required, you are encouraged to sign up as grade level, content area, or school teams and bring current book lists to use during the afternoon application time.
- SD85128 Selecting Text (Coop)$95$950$0
- SD85128 Selecting Texts$110$1100$0