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Thursday, February 13 • 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Using Powerful Children's Literature to Promote Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity

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Many children's authors write powerful stories that are tough topics in the classroom. Critical literacy in the classroom asks readers to imagine standing in the shoes of others - to understand experience and texts from our own perspectives and the viewpoints of others. By using children's literature teachers can enrich learning discussions and build understanding of social justice, diversity, and equity. In this session I will share some high-quality literature that allows for opportunities to think critically about textual representations of the world: poverty, racism, bullying, identity, and language. Ideas will be shared on how to "unpack" challenging or sensitive stories in the classroom for students to make powerful connections.

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Suzanne Aessie

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Suzanne Aessie is a division learning consultant for Northern Lights Public Schools. During her years as an educator, Suzanne taught in grades 1-8 and has served as a school literacy leader. Suzanne is in her element working alongside educators in inclusive classrooms, building relationships... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm MST
Salon 7