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44th Day of Reading with Cornelius Minor

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What are we Missing in Literacy? --Why We Keep Walking Even Though We Know How To Fly

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Cornelius Minor Explains, "We know more now than we have ever known. About teaching. About communities. About literacy. About what puts kids on the path to success. And about all the different kinds of successes that can coexist. Why is it, then, that in many schools, these things continue to elude us? We are a profession that knows how to fly. Yet, many of us remain bound to the act of walking. We are so powerful. And creative. And connected. We can be more than yesterday’s orthodoxy. We can be bigger than today’s problems. We have tomorrow’s vision."

Session 1 (9:00 am-11:00 am): What We Read in Books, We Read in The World

People often say that books make us better people or that writing can change the world. This session will take a very close look at our role as educators in ensuring that this happens. Just like we cannot leave the teaching of literacy skills to chance, we cannot simply hope for a better world. We teach for one. In this session, we will work to name the skills, plan the lessons, gather the resources, and practice the methods that help children to learn and practice critical thinking skills in the literacy classroom and then to transfer those skills to their lived experience in the world.

Session 2 (noon-2:00 pm): Social Justice Does Not Just Live in Our Content, It Lives in Our Methods

We know the research. Girls are underrepresented in science and technology. Children of color continue to be suspended at exponential rates compared to their white peers. Poor children are more likely to attend schools with fewer resources. These outcomes are sexist. They are racist. They are classist. School, as an institution, continues to perpetuate them. People often ask, “How can schools be sexist or racist or classist if I’m not?” Systems of oppression continue to work against children—despite our best intentions.

This presentation will explore how grading practices, classroom routines, teaching methodologies, discipline codes and other school structures can perpetuate the kinds of exclusion that keep poor children, girls, LGBTQIA+ children, disabled children and children of color from fully accessing and benefiting from a school curriculum. We will study how inquiry/action research can be a tool that practitioners use to dismantle these structures and to change them to truly benefit all learners.

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