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Literacy is Equity: The Need for Diverse Texts in the Classroom and Home

Thursday, October 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Children reading

Presented by Kaylee Jackson, Educational Leader Specializing in Advocacy for Equitable Literacy Instruction, Nothing But Education; and Jennifer Boykins, CEO, Nothing But Education

Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group

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This edWebinar aims to empower educators with practical strategies to promote diversity and inclusivity in literacy through diverse classroom libraries and inclusive take-home book packs. Viewers learn how to create an inclusive learning environment that fosters empathy, cultural understanding, and academic growth in students. View this edWebinar to:

  • Understand the importance of diverse texts in promoting empathy, tolerance, and cultural awareness among students
  • Learn practical methods to curate diverse classroom libraries with inclusive and representative literary materials for different age groups and learning levels
  • Explore creative ways to engage families in literacy through inclusive literacy kits
  • Discover research-based evidence supporting the positive impact of diverse texts on students’ joy of learning, academic performance, and emotional development
  • Gain insights from successful schools that have integrated diverse texts, provided diverse and inclusive take-home literacy kits to families, and witnessed transformative outcomes
  • Learn strategies for creating culturally responsive learning experiences

Join us and inspire a generation of compassionate, well-rounded individuals who can navigate a diverse global society with empathy and respect.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and those involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and curriculum and instruction.

Kaylee Jackson

About the Presenters

Kaylee Jackson is an educational leader specializing in advocacy for equitable literacy instruction. She has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, founding principal, and executive director of curriculum and instruction. As the ED of curriculum and instruction, she oversaw all the K-12 programs, curricula, and teaching practices. She led the school community through their district priority of Early Literacy and Beyond. This included the successful board approval of two literacy/biliteracy materials adoptions and training district leaders and school staff in the Science of Reading. Through her leadership, she has fostered a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration that empowers leaders to lead equitably.

Jennifer Boykins

Jennifer Taylor Boykins is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nothing But Education (NBE), a consultancy and services firm that helps build and strengthen DEI impact and the bridges between businesses, schools/colleges, and communities to stimulate thinking, foster collaboration, and drive better retention/recruitment outcomes. It is through NBE that Jennifer has had the opportunity to leverage her strategic planning expertise, and her ability to help leadership teams revise, plan, and effectively enhance their internal and external partnerships by developing more effective processes to drive better outcomes. This work lives in NBE and is shared with educational partners as well as business clients who desire innovative growth strategies.

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LernerLerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independently owned children’s publishers with more than 5,000 books in print. With accolades including a Caldecott Honor, National Book Award Finalists, Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards and Honors, Batchelder Award Honors, Sibert Medals and more, Lerner’s books are consistently recognized by reviewers and award committees as being among the best children’s books published. Based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, Lerner creates nonfiction and fiction books that educate, empower, and entertain readers.

Literacy is equity


Thursday, October 26, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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