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[Online] Antiracist Literature Instruction: Using Familiar Tools of Unit Design to Teach for Racial Literacy

Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PST November 7 Location: Online


In this interactive workshop, presenters will share strategies and discipline-specific practices for implementing antiracist literature instruction in White-dominant schools, while aiming to build students’ racial literacy, and deepen their understanding and interpretation of literary texts.

After a brief introduction to the concepts of racial literacy and antiracist literature instruction, we will explore how English teachers can use familiar principles of backward design to articulate racial literacy objectives for literature-based units; design summative assessments to evaluate racial literacy growth, and design formative assessments to scaffold students’ understanding of key race-related concepts.

The presentation will include sample unit plans that apply these principles to texts, such as The Crossover and A Raisin in the Sun, and participants will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to apply strategies to their own literature curriculum.

Participants will learn strategies and ways to:

  • Use backwards design to articulate racial literacy objectives for literature units. 
  • Design summative assessments to evaluate racial literacy learning.
  • Craft formative assessments to scaffold students’ understanding of key race-related concepts. 

Please note: Registration for this class will close one week prior to start date.

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Presenters: Carlin Borsheim-Black, PhD, Associate Professor, Central Michigan University; Sophia Tatiana Sarigianides, PhD, Professor & English Education Coordinator, Westfield State University. Moderated by Dr. Karen LaBonte

Cost: $60, includes 3 PDUs. Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and School-Based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. $25 Student Rate. 

Online registration for this workshop will close Saturday, October 31st

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    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Presenters

Carlin Borsheim-Black is Professor of English Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). Her research and teaching prioritize antiracist literature instruction, especially in predominantly white and rural communities. She recently co-authored Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students with Sophia T. Sarigianides. Before joining the faculty at CMU, Carlin completed graduate degrees at Michigan State University. And before that, she taught high school English, drama and creative writing in Michigan and Ohio for nearly ten years. Carlin currently serves as co-editor of the Michigan Reading Journal and serves on the executive board of the Michigan Council of the Teachers of English.

Westfield State University Associate Professor of English, Sophia SarigianidesSophia Tatiana Sarigianides is Professor and Coordinator of English Education at Westfield State University in Western Massachusetts. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, and taught middle and high school English in Southern California for ten years. Her book, co-authored with Carlin Borsheim-Black, has been nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Education.

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