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Culturally Responsive Instruction Series: Choosing and Using Diverse Texts

Thursday, April 25, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Culturally Responsive Instruction Series: Choosing and Using Diverse Texts

Presented by Julia López-Robertson, Ph.D., Professor of Instruction and Teacher Education, University of South Carolina; Kamania Wynter-Hoyte, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of South Carolina; and Jigisha Vyas, Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University, and Instructional Coach, Wyckoff School District (NJ)
Moderated by Amanda Alexander, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic

Sponsored by Scholastic Education Solutions

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Join literacy experts for an engaging conversation about how they develop book-selection criteria that reflect students’ rich cultural and linguistic backgrounds. They also discuss how they use those texts to meet their learners’ needs. Educators leave this edWebinar with:

  • A deep understanding of why diverse literature in classroom instruction is important
  • Practical strategies to develop criteria for selecting culturally and linguistically diverse texts
  • Insights into integrating diverse texts effectively into the curriculum

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Scholastic Education’s Culturally Responsive Instruction series can be viewed in any order or as stand-alone edWebinars.
View Part 1: Culturally Responsive Instruction: 10 Tips for Liberating Your Literacy Instruction
View Part 3: Q&A with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad: Culturally Responsive Instruction Series

Julia López-Robertson

About the Presenters

Julia López-Robertson, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of South Carolina. She is committed to working with children, families, and teachers to advance understanding of the strengths possessed by emergent bilinguals and their families.

Kamania Wynter-Hoyte, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Her teaching and scholarship center on the brilliance, joy, and stories of diverse young learners.

Jigisha Vyas

Jigisha Vyas is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Instructional Coach for the Wyckoff School District, certified mindful educator, and yoga instructor. With over a decade of experience, she has worked with a variety of communities and with different age groups, with leadership in special and general education.

Amanda Alexander

About the Moderator

Dr. Amanda Alexander serves as Scholastic’s Chief Academic Officer. In this role, she leads research and validation efforts to ensure the efficacy of products, the delivery of professional learning services, and the company’s partnership with the Yale Child Study Center, focusing on the intersection of literacy and health. Prior to joining Scholastic, Dr. Alexander served as the Vice President of Policy and Partnership Development at Teachstone. With more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience, the majority of Dr. Alexander’s service has been as a practitioner in the public sector. She has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Howard University, an M.S.Ed. in educational leadership from Baruch College, and a Ph.D. in education from American University.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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