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March 18, 2022 @ 9:00 am 3:30 pm

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series 2022


Closing the Opportunity Gap: Promoting Access & Equity through Literacy

This series is designed to confront social injustices that contribute to the race- and poverty-related opportunity gap by promoting access and equity for all children through literacy.

Each nationally recognized speaker will challenge your thinking and inspire you to take action to reach all learners.

Join us for powerful, interactive professional development where you will learn practical and actionable ways to help students meaningfully connect reading and writing to their communities, aspirations, and lives.

Save these dates! Registration opening soon.

Varies (more details below)
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leaders
Non-credit; graduate credit available for Summer Literacy Institute
Varies –
  • $1095 (Complete Series)
  • 1-day with Chris Hass ($175)
  • 1-day with Gholdy Muhammad ($175)
  • 4-day Summer Literacy Institute ($895)
  • Group discounts available! Email to inquire.

Featured Speakers & Series Details

Chris Hass
Gholdy Muhammad
Liz Kleinrock
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual & Policies

Friday, March 18, 2022

From Talk to Action: Supporting Students to Become Real Agents of Change  with Chris Hass

Headshot of Chris Hass

Chris Hass is a second and third grade teacher at the Center for Inquiry in Columbia, South Carolina. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of South Carolina. In his twenty years as an educator he has taught in a variety of settings while presenting at all levels on the importance of integrating social justice teaching into our everyday practices. Chris is also the co-founder of the Equity thru Education Collaborative, a diverse coalition of educators, parents, and community leaders working together to support justice-oriented education in their local schools. In addition, he is a committed advocate for public education, teacher autonomy, and education as a means of creating a more just society.

Chris’ new book, Social Justice Talk, details how classroom teachers can facilitate rich discussions that disrupt the harmful social beliefs and practices they and their students are immersed in every day. This work grows out of his research into: (1) the specific ways elementary-aged students create meaning around issues of difference, inequity and injustice, (2) the tensions students experience when engaged in critical discourse, and (3) the role classroom teachers play in knowledge production in the social justice classroom. Chris is also a model teacher for the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS). A cadre of classroom teachers committed to success with African American students, their role is to provide demonstration classrooms rooted in culturally relevant and antiracism practices, present at conferences, and create curriculum to be shared with teachers across the country and world.

Chris is most proud of the advocacy work he sees his second and third grade students engage in each year – from speaking at school board meetings about the need for greater funding for school libraries to providing a formal presentation to the City Council about the need for greater representation of women on city landmarks and street signs. Chris is inspired by his students’ passion and professionalism and enjoys every opportunity to share their work with others, knowing these powerful kids can serve as inspiration to make us all into the teachers our students and communities need most

For full details and pricing for this workshop with Chris Hass, click this link.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy with Gholdy Muhammad

Headshot of Gholdy MuhammadGholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad is a leader who strives to shape the national conversation for educating youth that have been underserved. Currently an associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University, she serves as the director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. Her career also includes having served as a school district curriculum director responsible for K-12 literacy instruction, assessments, and professional development, and as a reading, language arts, and social studies middle school teacher.

Having received her PhD in Literacy, Language and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, her research interests are situated in the historical foundations of literacy development and the writing practices among Black communities.

Additionally, she works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa in best practices in equity, anti-racism and culturally and historically responsive instruction. She served as a literacy coach and school board president. She has received numerous national awards and is the author of the best-selling book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

For full details and pricing for this workshop with Gholdy Muhammad, click this link.

July 18 – 21, 2022

Summer Literacy Institute featuring Liz Kleinrock

Headshot of Liz KleinrockLiz Kleinrock (she/her) is an antibias antiracist educator and consultant based in Washington, DC. A transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in DC before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, Liz moved to Oakland, California, where she served as an AmeriCorps teacher with Girls Inc. and Super Stars Literacy for two years. Following her service, Liz moved to Los Angeles and earned her M.Ed from UCLA’s Teacher Education Program. After a year student teaching a 5th grade class in Watts, Liz joined the founding faculty of a startup school in East Hollywood where she spent seven years teaching 1st through 4th grades.

In addition to classroom teaching, Liz also works as an antibias antiracist facilitator for schools, organizations, and companies across the country. Her work has gained national recognition through a documentary short produced by Fluid Film, and media outlets such as CNN, The Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. In 2018, Liz received Teaching Tolerance’s 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching, and currently serves on the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk from “Education Everywhere” on building foundations of equity with young learners, and is the author of Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to AntiBias and AntiRacist Work in Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing.

For full details and pricing for the Summer Literacy Institute with Liz Kleinrock, click this link.

Transition from In-Person to Virtual:

In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. You will be required to follow the Lesley safety protocol.

Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training can be offered online only, you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that you email us at before reserving travel and lodging.

At this point in time, participants who have opted to come to Lesley University for the in-person format of professional learning must be prepared to:

  • Send proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 upon registration to
  • Send a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival on-campus to
  • Submit a COVID Self-Assessment Visitor Form within 48 hours before arrival on-campus.
  • Wear a mask at all times indoors in the presence of others. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.
  • Maintain physical distance when eating during breaks. Consume your meal in designated areas when on-campus and immediately mask up when done.
  • Stay at home and attend the professional learning virtually if you are feeling sick or symptomatic—even just a runny nose or coughing. Please notify us immediately if you are switching from in-person to virtual.
  • For Lesley University’s COVID-19 policies, click here.

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. Regardless of conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Registration Deadline

We highly recommend registering at least five business days before the the first workshop to allow the minimum amount of time to ship the professional texts.

Certificates of Attendance

Only registered participants will receive a certificate of attendance for their participation by completing an insight form, which will be provided to participants at the end of the event. Please allow our team at least 1 week to process your certificate.

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