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May 6, 2022 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series: Gholdy Muhammad

Gholdy Muhammad

Cultivating Genius and Joy in Education through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies

May 6, 2022
9:00-11:30am & 12:45-3:00pm (EST)
Number of Days:
1 day
Virtual (Live Only)
Grade Levels:
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leaders
$175 (includes professional text)
  • Discounts available for groups, Lesley students and alumni! Email to inquire.

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

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.

Headshot of Gholdy MuhammadGholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad

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 Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.


This workshop is part of a larger series designed to deepen your understanding of how to cultivate anti-bias and anti-racist practices in classrooms and schools. You may register for this individual workshop or all of the series.

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series

Friday, March 18, 2022
From Talk to Action: Supporting Students to Become Real Agents of Change with Chris Hass
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Friday, May 6, 2022
Cultivating Genius and Joy in Education through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies with Gholdy Muhammad
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July 18 – 21, 2022 (Summer Literacy Institute)
Bringing Antibias and Antiracist Practices to Life in Classrooms and School Communities featuring Liz Kleinrock
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Click here for the complete Kids, Books & Anti-Racism series.


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

The registration portal closes two business days before the first day of training to allow the minimum amount of time to ship training materials.

If you register within two weeks before the registration portal closes, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may still experience delays in receiving your materials.

Independent Learning Policy & Recordings

Only the Q&A portion of this workshop will be recorded. Participants have 30 days to access the Q&A recording.

The registrant agrees to access the live session and/or recording for the purpose of independent learning. Access to the live session and/or recording 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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