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Finding the Audacity of Equality in the Stories of Immigrants and Refugees
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Don Vu, Educator, Author, and Principal
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When you possess the audacity of equality—the idea that you have equal rights and the same protections as any American citizen—you expect more no matter where you were born. You don’t tolerate being mistreated and you don’t put your head down and ignore injustice against yourself or others. Unfortunately, for many immigrants and refugees, the audacity of equality has not yet been realized. In this edWebinar, award-winning principal and literacy advocate Dr. Don Vu examines these questions:
- How can educators help instill the audacity of equality in all students?
- How do we help them develop a sense of pride for who they are and help them understand their importance in America?
- How do we empower them so that when they do face injustice and discrimination, they will know to stand up and fight it?
As is often the case, the power of literacy can play a critical role in helping these students. With skyrocketing hate crimes against Asian Americans and other immigrant groups, this is a timely conversation and one that will impact our work in schools and communities.
This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the kindergarten through elementary levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenter
Dr. Don Vu has been an elementary school teacher and principal for 24 years. Dr. Vu and his former school staff chartered a literacy campaign in 2013 to foster the love of reading in all students. In 2017, he received the Celebrate Literacy Award from the California Reading Association for his outstanding leadership in literacy. In 2018, his school was one of five schools nationally to receive the Exemplary Reading Program Award from the International Literacy Association (ILA). In 2020, the school received the California Distinguished School Award for its work in closing the opportunity gap for all kids.
Dr. Vu understands the challenges children face when learning a new language and culture, having fled Vietnam with his family in 1975. He also knows that reading can be transformative and life changing. Follow him at @drdonvu for updates.
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