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Developing a Culturally Responsive Literacy (or Library?) Lens

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Metropolitan New York Library Council

599 11th Avenue

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New York, NY 10036

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Using prominent texts from the field of culturally relevant education -- particularly literacy education, as well as anecdotes from everyday life, and library and teaching experiences -- this course will prepare library workers and educators to build awareness about race, class, gender, sexuality and develop language to engage in conversations around these topics in their workplaces and communities. This workshops will help participants advocate for all people’s access to relevant materials, create meaningful programs, and enhance day-to-day library practice.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Situate themselves within US cultural context and a local context
  • Reflect on how texts have shaped their personal identity and how it can shape those of students and patrons
  • Reflect on daily work experiences as a mode of professional learning about cultural context
  • Develop an understanding of why and how to think critically about text choices
  • Brainstorm strategies for bringing these practices into their local contexts and workplaces
  • Practice having conversations about challenging issues in libraries

About our facilitators

Jessica Hochman is an assistant professor at Pratt Institute School of Information. She teaches courses on teaching and learning in libraries, whether and how to use technology for instruction, and intersectionality. Research interests include the nexus of youth culture and technology, informal literacy practices, discourses of teaching and teachers, and feminist theory and practice.

Tonya Leslie is an educational consultant specializing in culturally responsive practices for schools, libraries and other educational organizations. She has a PhD in teaching and learning from NYU where she worked at the Metropolitan Center for Research and Transformation of Schools supporting school districts nationally to develop strategies for closing achievement gaps and improving systems for equitable outcomes. Her research explores how multiple literacies influence identity development and academic resilience. Currently, Leslie works with educational publishers like Scholastic to build strategies for the development of diverse texts.

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