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March 24, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Picture Books Can Help Teach Tough Historical and Current Events


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Picture Books Can Help Teach Tough Historical and Current Events


March 24, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades K-6, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Picture books can play a powerful role in children’s lives. The images and words convey a compelling story and message that have the potential to leave lasting impressions. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of children’s books about identity, diversity and social justice. Books for children about historical topics like enslavement, the Holocaust, the Japanese-American internment, voting rights, segregation, and genocide are readily available.  There are also many excellent books about current event topics including immigration and the refugee crisis, racial justice, transgender rights, marriage equality, activism and more. These books help open the doors to their conversations with information, insight and sensitivity.

Join ADL for an engaging webinar on how books can be used to kick off a social studies unit, provide the groundwork for both historical and literary analysis, build empathy, and identify questions for further research. These compelling picture books can be used for children of all ages. This session will provide information, context and teaching ideas for using these books in the classroom and will also explore the impact of anti- CRT state legislation on these works of literature. 


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Director of Curriculum and Training, ADL

Jinnie Spiegler is the Director of Curriculum and Training at ADL, where she has been since 2013. In this capacity, Jinnie is responsible for the oversight, development and creation of curriculum and training efforts including print anti-bias curriculum guides, online resources, anti-bias training and special projects. In addition, Jinnie writes other online education tools and resources, presents at national conferences, writes articles and blogs for ADL and other external publications, oversees the civics education project and serves as an advisor to MTV’s Look Different campaign and the Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaigns.

Jinnie has worked for over 20 years in the field of K-12 education for both NYC-based and national educational organizations and institutions. Her professional interests include project-based learning, current events and civics education, children’s literature, social media, anti-bias, diversity and social justice education. Jinnie has a Masters’ degree (M.Ed) in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

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SML Member

Tara Raju, Education Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional Office, has over 20 years’ experience working with schools, K-12 and higher education, focused on student leadership, anti-bias education and coalition building and systemic change, in cities including, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, OR and the Denver metro area. She has a Masters in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in African and Afro-American Studies and Political Science from Washington University, St. Louis.   

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.



Picture Books Can Help Teach Tough Historical and Current Events (1).pptx

March 24, 2022
49.23 MB
4 Reviews
I love books!! Excellent webinar.
This webinar gives you tips on using books to teach tough subjects. They offer resources for books and tools & strategies for presenting history lessons to our students.
Kathryn Fairbanks
March 31, 2022
This webinar gives inspiration and resource ideas for using picture books connected with social studies. Itʻs well worth the watch.
March 25, 2022
Great Picture Books
I loved seeing a few pages from the actual books being shared! Teachers should know that the first person they should go to for advice on great books is their school librarian. If your school doesn't have one, please advocate for one!
March 25, 2022
Wonderful to participate in this PD, encouraging others to use pictures books in ANY classroom! Great sharing of the basics and of easy accessible resources. A fantastic example of arts integration in education!