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June 2, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

The Sound of Inclusion: Using Poetry to Teach Language Variation


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The Sound of Inclusion: Using Poetry to Teach Language Variation
#11 Webinar 2022


June 2, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades 3-6, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Join Anne Harper Charity Hudley, Christine Mallinson, Kimberly Bigelow and Rachel Samuels for an interactive workshop that will guide you in using poetry to teach about language variation in the late elementary grades.  This workshop will bring out the poetry in your students and in you!

Through activities such as writing “I Am” poems, we will discuss how to use poetry to highlight the academic, social, and emotional aspects of language and literacy. We will discuss the concepts of dialect, language varieties, and translanguaging (using two or more languages to communicate and learn), and will focus on how poetry can be a tool for integrating these concepts into your teaching.

This workshop is for reading and English language arts teachers in late elementary grades but could be useful for others. We suggest viewing the linguistic autobiography webinar before viewing the poetry webinar. 

This webinar is part of the AFT's Reading Opens the World initiative. Find more resources and webinars in this community.

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Kimberly has been an educator for sixteen years and currently works in an elementary public school as an assistant principal of literacy in Washington, DC. Kimberly has an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a Post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration, both from The George Washington University. Kimberly is endorsed in elementary education (1-5), special education (PK-12), and educational leadership and administration (K-12). Kim’s areas of interest are in early literacy acquisition, and equity, inclusion, and diversity. Kimberly is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Administration.

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Rachel works in a public school as an elementary literacy and student support specialist. Rachel has an MAEd in Reading, Language, and Literacy and a BA in Linguistics and Elementary Education, both from the College of William & Mary. Rachel is endorsed in elementary education (PreK-6), teaching English to speakers of other languages (K-12), and as a reading specialist (K-12). In 2017, she earned the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy. Rachel was honored as the Virginia State Reading Association’s 2019 Reading Teacher of the Year. Rachel’s interest areas are the interface between literacy and linguistics, multi-tiered systems of support, and school improvement.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.



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