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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

Deepen your understanding of how to cultivate anti-bias and anti-racist practices in classrooms and schools. Learn how to facilitate rich, inclusive discussions with your students to honor their lived experiences and ensure each child grows up literate in our educational system.

These nationally known speakers will challenge your thinking, inspire you and your students to take action, and equip you with the literature, language, and tools so you can make a difference in your school, community, and the world.

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 –
  • Complete Series ($1095)
  • 1-day with Chris Hass ($175)
  • 1-day with Gholdy Muhammad ($175)
  • 4-day Summer Literacy Institute ($895)
  • Discounts available for groups, Lesley students and alumni! 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 (This event has passed.)

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

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We all have the intention of using our classroom to disrupt inequity and injustice, but what gets in our way? The challenges are many:

  • Navigating classroom discussions of implicit and systemic bias
  • Supporting students to become agents of change
  • Communicating the nature and importance of this work to skeptical families and administrators
  • Finding the necessary time and space for these efforts within an already jam-packed school day

Together, we’ll learn how scaffolding students into questioning the world – turning a critical eye to those things that seem to lack adequate explanation, logic or justice- provides opportunities for our youngest citizens to engage in social critique alongside a diversity of peers while integrating this into the work they’re already doing to grow as readers, writers, speakers, mathematicians, scientists and social scientists. We’ll also learn how we can help students develop the agency, content knowledge and advocacy skills necessary for creating real change in their communities.

Registered participants will receive a copy of the professional text, Social Justice Talk.

This full-day workshop will be recorded. Participants have 30 days to access the recording. Due to the workshop’s interactive structure, we highly recommend that registrants participate live on March 18, 2022.

Attendees will earn 6 professional development hours for participating in this workshop.

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

Friday, May 6, 2022 (This event has passed.)

Cultivating Genius and Joy in Education through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies with Gholdy Muhammad

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In this keynote, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad offers a unique culturally and historically responsive approach toward the goal of cultivating genius and joy in education. This approach is essential for accelerating the growth of all students and uniquely youth of color, who have been traditionally underserved in learning standards, policies, and school practices. She will present her equity framework, called the HILL Model to help educators teach toward developing students’ histories, identities, literacies, and liberation. The HILL Model consists of five pursuits in teaching and learning:

  • Identity Development—Helping youth to make sense of who they are and others.
  • Skill Development— Helping youth to develop proficiencies across the content areas and state learning standards.
  • Intellectual Development—Helping youth to gain new knowledge that is set into the context of the world.
  • Criticality—Helping youth to name, understand, question, and disrupt oppression in the world.
  • Joy—Helping youth to uplifting beauty, aesthetics, truth, and personal space fulfillment within humanity.

Participants will learn and understand history and policy as well as personal and instructional factors that justify the need and purpose for culturally and historically responsive education. Educators will be encouraged and motivated to be more inclusive of their teaching of these five collective pursuits while learning the importance of integrating cultural, racial, linguistic, and historical responsiveness into their learning goals, lesson plans, and the texts they use to teach. Additionally, participants will see sample lesson/unit plans across grade levels, moving theory into action.

Registered participants will receive a copy of the professional text, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

Attendees will earn 6 professional development hours for participating in this workshop.

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

July 18 – 21, 2022 – Summer Literacy Institute

Bringing Antibias and Antiracist Practices to Life in Classrooms and School Communities featuring Liz Kleinrock

Headshot of Liz KleinrockIn this session, participants will explore inquiry as a student-centered and anti-bias approach to engage learners, and look at strategies to concretize anti-bias and anti-racist ideas into curriculum, lesson design, and building relationships with students and caregivers.

Registered participants will receive a copy of the professional text, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community.

This institute will not be recorded. Attendees will earn 24 professional development hours in this institute. There is also an option to complete this institute for graduate credits (2 or 3 credits).

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
  • Submit a COVID Self-Assessment Visitor Form within 48 hours before arrival on-campus.
  • 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.

Independent Learning Policy & Recordings

The full-day workshop with Chis Hass (March 18, 2022) will be recorded. Participants have 30 days to access the recording. Due to the workshop’s interactive structure, we highly recommend that registrants participate live on the day of the workshop.

The Q&A portion of the workshop with Gholdy Muhammad (May 6, 2022) will be recorded. Participants have 30 days to access the Q&A portion of the recording.

The Summer Literacy Institute featuring Liz Kleinrock (July 18-21, 2022) will not be recorded.

The registrant agrees to access the live sessions and/or recordings for the purpose of independent learning. Access to the live sessions and/or recordings is restricted to the registrant and may not be accessed in a group setting.

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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“Everyone who becomes a teacher or lives and breathes should participate in this series.

It should be required for all teacher training.”

Valerie P., Literacy Coach, Whitney Point Central School District, New York