Programs

Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium 2019

June 14 - 16, 2019

Join Us To:

Continue the “Essential Conversations” we began at last year’s Building Cultural Competency Symposium. Understand the complexities of cultural competency to foster equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. Explore allyship in children’s literature. Cultivate the tools you need to maintain and grow your own Cultural Competency.

What You’ll Learn

You will:

  • Discuss histories of marginalized people in children’s books.
  • Foster competency-building activities and discussions around key readings, including critical reviews.
  • Explore allyship, particularly in children’s literature.
  • Cultivate the tools you need to maintain and grow your cultural competency.
  • Begin exploring the complexities of cultural competency to foster racial equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf.
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    The faculty recommends that all registrants read these before the course begins:
    The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
    The article: “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

    Attend If:

    • You work in the publishing industry. Editors, agents or publishing executives will deepen their understanding of cultural competency in the industry.
    • You’re a writer or illustrator who is following this conversation on social media. This course will give you a better understanding of these conversations and give you ways to have appropriate conversations about your work.
    • You’re considering writing a story outside your own experience. This course can give you a better understanding of these books and some tools in cultural competency for you to use when you write.
    • You’re a MFA professor. Could you benefit from a professional development opportunity around cultural competency? This is that opportunity.
    • You’re teaching teachers. College professors who work with pre-service teachers can learn how to bring them into this important conversation.
    • You’re building a classroom library. This course will help teachers find ways to be inclusive with their choices and ways to talk about the books with students.
    • You’re an ally of the fight for correct cultural representation in children’s books. Librarians, media, booksellers, bloggers, book reviewers–all allies are welcome to join us and learn.

    Agenda

    Our workshops typically include faculty presentations, hands-on exercises, specialty topic sessions, some level of feedback, and retreat time for working on your own projects. Although we don’t have a finished agenda for this course yet, see a sample agenda here to get an idea of what to expect.

    Resources

    Edith Campbell’s blog
    Dr. Debbie Reese’s 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot lecture
    Faculty Interview: Marilisa Jiménez García
    Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
    White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo.

    Testimonials

Faculty

Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell is an assistant Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith currently serves as…
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Debbie Reese

Special SKYPE Guest Dr. Debbie Reese, PhD (@debreese) is an educator and author of the popular blog, American Indians in…
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Renée Watson

Special Guest Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me…
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Paula Yoo

Special Guest Paula Yoo is a children’s book author and TV writer/producer. Her latest YA non-fiction book about Vincent Chin,…
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Laura M. Jiménez

Laura M. Jiménez is the Department Chair for Language & Literacy Education at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education &…
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Marilisa Jiménez Garcia

Special SKYPE Guest Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $799.00

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport. Airport pick-up at Newark Airport is also available for $75 round-trip.

We offer payment plans as low as $75/month. We'll be in touch with details after you register.

workshop information

Begins on Friday, June 14, with dinner, and ends on Sunday, June 16, with lunch.

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