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Continuing Education

Disarming the Nuclear Family

Date: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT December 5, 2013 PST Location: South Chapel, Graduate Campus

If you can’t find a book that mirrors your experience, write it yourself! So many books written for young children, whether they feature human or animal characters, reinforce the concept of the nuclear family — a stay-at-home mom, a working dad, and a couple of kids. 

Families of color, adoptive and foster families, single-parent families, homeless families, blended families, families with gay parents, children living with relatives other than, or in addition to, their parents — these family structures are rarely represented, and yet classrooms are filled with children from these and other backgrounds. Young kids can get the implicit message from even high quality children’s literature that non-traditional families are less than normal.

This workshop will acquaint the participants with Susan Kuklin’s book, Families. Told in the words of children themselves, Families is a collection of short biographies featuring 15 diverse families. Participants will use Families as a mentor text to reflect on their own families through writing and will return to their classrooms ready to guide their students to notice and celebrate the similarities and differences between families, and to help them create a class book featuring the families they know best — their own.

This workshop is part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Instructor: Willow McCormick, M.A.T.

Cost: $30, includes 2 CEUs or PDUs

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Credit Option: This workshop is part of our Fall 2013 Oregon Writing Project Series. Participants who complete all 5 workshops within this series have the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit for an additional $200. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in that series. See grey “Related Content” box below for links to the other workshops in this series.

About the Instructor

Willow McCormick, M.A.T., is a second-grade teacher in the West LinnWilsonville School District. She recently obtained her Certificate in the Teaching of Writing through the Oregon Writing Project. In addition to teaching, Willow has led professional learning groups at her school site on social justice themes and is currently teaching a continuing education writing class for teachers in her district. Willow believes that young children have an inherent interest in fairness, and she strives to infuse her curriculum — from writing to science to math — with themes of social and environmental justice.

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