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February 24, 2018: Voice, Identity, Access and Equity


February 24 2018 Weekend Workshop line-up:

Voice, Identity, Access and Equity

Moving beyond the single story requires the contribution of new stories. Classrooms provide safe spaces for bringing students in conversation with one another and the world. Teachers will experience strategies, protocols, and content that allow students to contribute their stories and share their truths.

This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

Location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce
Campus (Fee) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



Check-in and Coffee: 8:30 am
Opening Remarks: 8:45 am
Session 1: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Session 2: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

February 24, 2018

Session 1:

Revision as REmix: Using Hip Hop Elements to Increase Student Engagement with Revision
Presenter: Adrienne Oliver
A common struggle for students is revising their work. In this workshop, teachers will explore hip hop instructional practices to help students overcome this struggle. By exploring the core elements of hip hop, workshop participants will learn to guide a hip-hop infused lesson on revision for their students. To explore these core elements, we will write and practice the revision techniques. This interactive workshop incorporates elements of music, movement, and art.

It’s Perfectly Queer: Using a Civil Discourse Sequence to Teach and Write about LGBTQ+ Texts
Presenter: Jim Gilligan
Civil discourse and critical thinking about social justice and equity CAN change the world. Participate in a demonstration of Cindy O’Donnell-Allen’s Civil Discourse Sequence and experience it as a strategy for teaching and writing about LGBTQ texts in the secondary English Language Arts classroom. Working in small groups, you will develop guidelines for engaging in civil discourse (“tough talk”) before analyzing a “tough text” that features LGBTQ characters and themes. The session will include scaffolded activities that can be adapted for teaching a variety of “tough texts” using writing and multimedia projects.

Session 2:

Ally Up!
Presenter: Carmen Johnston
As we face new challenges as a global community we must unify to move forward together. With that in mind, how can we use the writing process to encourage this process? How do we use research to help our students become better allies to each other? In what ways can we use technology as part of this work? In this workshop, participants will examine alliance building, and write an exploratory inquiry piece to be used as a blog.

Naming The World Through Reflective Writing and Class Discussions
Presenter: José M. Martínez
This presentation uses Freire’s philosophy of “naming the world” as the foundation for establishing safe and courageous conversations and classroom discussions about race, class and social injustices in American society. In this session educators will participate in community building, writing and discussion activities that they can bring to their classrooms, enabling their students to reflect on the historical context of current social hierarchies and engage in transforming their futures as informed, socially conscious and conscientious American scholars.