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Changing Up Your Literary Canon

July 6

July 6, 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021

3:00 – 5:00 PM online

Workshop Facilitators
Marlene Carter, Co-Director of Professional Development, UCLA Writing Project
Norma Mota-Altman, Associate Director, UCLA Writing Project

Some of the texts we’ve been offering our students are gems: They mirror students’ lived experiences and also present windows to new worlds. They push critical thinking, discussion and writing. They even make use of multiple versions of English and languages.

After a year of pandemic and social uprising, we know how important it is to help our students find themselves in our curriculum—and to see themselves in a positive light. Join us for a series of five workshops where together we’ll identify rich texts that present people of color as complex human beings rather than one dimensional stereotypes. We’ll read and discuss as a whole group—and in smaller literature circles. We’ll share promising teaching strategies and give time for you to collaborate with colleagues to develop lesson ideas that you can use in your classroom with your students.

Originally planned for middle and high school teachers, we’ve now added break-out rooms that will focus on K-6 picture and chapter books.

Our Goals:

  • To recommit to our growth as anti-racist educators
  • To enhance our knowledge of culturally sustaining texts
  • To develop an updated list of multi-cultural texts

Fee: $150

Registration is closed since we have reached capacity for this workshop.

Hours may be eligible toward LAUSD salary point.

Marlene Carter is Co-Director of Professional Development for the UCLA Writing Project. She previously taught English at Dorsey High School in the Math Science and Technology Magnet. She has worked closely with other teachers in the California Writing Project to develop strategies and lessons that lead to student growth. Marlene believes that writing should be joyful and that all students can grow as writers.  

Norma Mota-Altman is an Associate Director of the UCLA Writing Project and a retired teacher from the Alhambra Unified School District. She taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and is currently involved in staff development around issues of writing, English learners, and social justice.


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