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March 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am 3:30 pm

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series: Lester Laminack

Lester Laminack

Reading to Make a Difference: Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action

In this one-day workshop with Lester Laminack, learn how to broaden students’ view of the world through diverse literature and shared read aloud experiences.

Gain practical ideas on how to help students find value in their complex identities while honoring new perspectives other than their own through deep thinking, classroom dialogue and taking action!

You may register for this individual workshop or all of the series.

Date(s):
March 10, 2021
Time:
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
1 day
Grade Levels:
PreK-10
Audience:
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leaders
Credit:
Non-credit
Format:
Online: Real Time Learning
30-Day Access to the Recording
Cost:
$150 Individual (includes professional text)
  • $250 Individual + Colleague (includes professional text). Email [email protected] to initiate discounted rate.
  • $895 (Complete Series)
  • Group discounts available! Email [email protected] to inquire.

Workshop Overview
Meet Lester Laminack
Learn About the Complete Series
Registration Policies

Reading to Make a Difference: Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action with Lester Laminack

Building off the work of Rudine Sims Bishop we will extend the notion of literature as windows, mirrors, and doors to create more inclusive classrooms. Because identity influences our choices and our perceptions of what we read it is important to broaden students’ view of the world through diverse literature. In our classrooms, shared read aloud experiences can help students find value in their complex identities while honoring new perspectives other than their own.

Participants will examine the presence of mirrors, windows, and doors in a carefully selected collection of literature. Together we will examine our personal identities and reflect on how these influence the selection of texts we make available for students. We will explore an instructional framework that enables you and your students to delve into diverse literature to help students build empathy, speak freely, think deeply and take action.

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Participants in this workshop will:

  • Deepen an appreciation for the importance of diverse literature
  • Evaluate their classroom libraries for the inclusion of diverse literature
  • Utilize the provided instructional framework to design future instruction
  • Evaluate a collection of literature for potential mirrors, windows, and doors
  • Consciously examine personal bias and the limitations it places on the selection and use of diverse literature

Registered participants will receive a copy of the professional text, Reading to Make a Difference: Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action by Lester Laminack and Katie Kelly.

Assignments:

Lester has requested that each participant bring 10 interactive read alouds (picture books) that they use with students. Participants will use these during the session on March 10th.

To earn 6 professional development hours for participating in this workshop, please read the introduction to Reading To Make a Difference and one chapter of interest to you.

 

Lester Laminack

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Lester Laminack is Professor Emeritus from department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and MiddleGrades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching [the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award].

Lester is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served three years as co-editor of the NCTE journal Primary Voices and as editor of the Children’s Book Review Department of the NCTE journal Language Arts (2003-2006). He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the Parent Connection column (2000-2002). He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, a former member of the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. He served as the Basic Reading Consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America from 1987 through 2001. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place.

 

This workshop is part of a larger series 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. You may register for this individual workshop or all of the series.

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Reading to Make a Difference: Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action with Lester Laminack
To register for this workshop, click here.

Friday, April 9, 2021
Book Clubs for a Better World: Reimagining Reading Instruction as Liberatory Spaces with Sonja Cherry-Paul
For full details and pricing, click the link below. 

July 12 – 15, 2021 (Summer Literacy Institute)
Reaching All Learners: Taking Action for Equity with Kass & Cornelius Minor
For full details and pricing, click the link below.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor
Edith Michelson Milender, Lesley Class of 1958

Silver Sponsor
Terri Ziegler-Lowell, Lesley Class of 1994

Diversity Scholarship Sponsors
Sarah Bishins Family
Susan Farris Family
Gary Nelson, Publishers Representative

 

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 [email protected] to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. 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 on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00pm (EST).

We highly recommend registering at least five business days before the day of the event to allow the minimum amount of time to ship the professional text.

Bring a Colleague Option

You may register for this individual workshop for yourself and a colleague at the discounted rate of $250. Please email [email protected] or call 617-349-8424 to initiate this process.

Independent Learning Policy & Recordings

This workshop will be recorded. Due to the workshop’s interactive structure, we highly recommend that the registrant participates live on March 10, 2021. Access to the recording (30 days) will be sent to all registrants within a week after the live workshop.

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.

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series