On Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., “Fostering Cultural Competence: Using Children’s Literature to Talk About Difficult Issues in K-12 Classrooms,” a live online learning session for educators will be held. Supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation, this session will be presented by Nancy L. Mullin, MEd author of Using Literature to Promote Cultural Competence: A Bullying Prevention Companion Bibliography, Vol 2.
This webinar will focus on ways literature can help broach sensitive topics with students. We’ll also explore a strategy for examining our own strongly held assumptions about others that can be used with students and adults alike. In order to get the most of out of this presentation, we are asking you to read one of the following selections prior to this session (all should be available through your public library). Grades K-2: The Other Side (Jacqueline Woodsen), Grades 3-5: Something Beautiful (Sharon Dennis Wyeth), Grades 6-8: Out of My Mind (Sharon Draper) or Grades 9-12: Monster (Walter Dean Myers).
This session focuses on strategies to use literature as a discussion point so having read any of the selections above is not a requirement to participate. The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, is offering Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants must attend the online session from beginning to end to receive credit. Only specified professional development sessions are available for credit. The Record of Attendance will be e-mailed to participants upon completion of the session. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.
Please register for “Fostering Cultural Competence: Using Children’s Literature to Talk About Difficult Issues in K-12 Classrooms” on April 16, 2015 3:00 PM EDT at: http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention/professional-development After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.