De-centering White Culture and Re-centering Diversity Using Picture Books
"Presenters will introduce the thematic content of the workshop: Part of anti-racist teaching means we must consciously and intentionally make subtle changes that shift who and what we value as humans. We can use picture books to normalize diversity and bring marginalized people out of the margins by centering those marginalized people, communities, and cultures and decentering the white dominant culture to create a balanced vision of value for all. Presenters will ask participants to make a list of their favorite 10 picture books that they use every year in their classrooms. Participants will make their lists. Presenters will ask participants to focus on the protagonists of the picture books they have selected asking: What percentage of the protagonists are BIPOC? What percentage of the protagonists are white? What percentage of the protagonists are animals whose viewpoint are through a white/dominant culture lens? Participants will discuss their discoveries in small groups or breakout rooms. Participants will come back to the whole group. Presenters will offer demographic data on representation in childrenís book publishing of picture books and the authors that write them. They will discuss current discussions in the industry to address marginalized voices and content. Presenter will ask participants to list the stories of BIPOC characters they read to their class. Participants will make their lists and reflect on the following questions: What percentage of the stories are about universal themes i.e. human experiences, friendships, or family relationships? What percentage of the stories are about resistance, oppression, or trauma? What percentage of the stories are about culturally specific experiences such as food, traditions, religion or cultural rituals? Participants will discuss their discoveries in small groups or breakout rooms. Presenters will offer resources and tools for participants to reflect, review, and revise (and/or expand) their reading lists. Presenters will facilitate a Q and A wrap-up so resources from all can be shared among the participants."
August 09, 2022
CTA Virtual Pass
2023-2024 University Credit Program: 1.00
This seminar is presented free of charge.