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Continuing Education

Children’s Literature and Social Justice

Date: 4:30pm PST January 15, 2013 - 7:30pm March 19, 2013 Location: Mary Rieke Elementary School, 1405 Southwest Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219

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    David Ward, Ph.D.

Mary Rieke Elementary School, 1405 Southwest Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219

This course is an introduction to some of the many social justice themes found in books written for children in grades K-8.  We will look at a variety of genres including picture books, fantasy, poetry, young adult novels, historical fiction, graphic novels, information books and contemporary realistic novels. 

We will discuss how social justice themes are presented in children’s literature and the applications for using such books in our classrooms. We will also explore the concept of authenticity in multicultural books for children.

In conjunction with the vision and mission of the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, we will explore justice and compassion in children’s literature and seek ways to promote a diversity of voices and perspectives in our pursuit of best practices as educators.

Course Details

Dates: Tuesdays, January 15-March 19, 2013

Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: David Ward, Ph.D.


Degree-applicable credit: ED 689, 2 semester hours, $1,346

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Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 2 semester hours, $700

Register now for continuing education credit (PDF)

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About the Instructor

Dr. David Ward is an award-winning children’s author and researcher of children’s literature. Born and raised in Canada he brings a diversity of perspectives to children’s literature and teaching. David is an assistant professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. One Hockey Night, written by Ward and illustrated by Brian Deines, is an OLA Blue Spruce nominee. Read more about this honor here.

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