Diversity and Acceptance:
Building Common Ground through Children’s Literature
March 24, 2018 - 8am to 3pm - Sperry, SUNY Cortland
Literature is a lens through which we can see worlds beyond our classrooms. We can use literature as a springboard into conversations that help us think about how diversity influences our relationships as we build a stronger community.
The SUNY Cortland Literacy Department invites you to share in a day of knowledge building around ways to create an understanding of diversity to ensure acceptance for all students of all ages. The conference will provide opportunities for participants to learn how to help students become accepting of those who are different from them as they explore tools for creating safe learning communities.
The goals for the conference are to: Promote social justice; Recognize personal bias; Explore issues of diversity; Provide suggested classroom practices that promote an environment where everyone feels safe to learn; And participants will gain knowledge that they can impart in their classrooms to develop empathy so that children can learn how to care about others’ customs, beliefs, and welfare.
Integral to our conference will be poet, speaker, and teacher, Janet Wong.
Speaker, author, and publisher Janet Wong has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, has read her books at the White House, and has spoken at schools all over the world. Her work is distinctive in its wide range of topics, including social change, school gardens, immigration, family and heritage, yoga, and chess. She is also the author of over two-dozen books. Her acclaimed works, such as Apple Pie Fourth of July, Good Luck Gold, and The Trip Back Home, celebrate diversity through both a universal and uniquely personal lens. You can learn more about her work at janetwong.com and pomelobooks.com.
Help make this event even more fantastic by sharing how you promote social justice, recognize personal bias, explore issues of diversity, and provide suggested classroom practices that promote an environment where everyone feels safe to learn in your schools or classrooms! Submit a proposal to present at our Spring Conference!
Please fill out and submit the following form by March if you wish to present: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tBmbbEfIKkSknG2df9riMLX59Zv5lSJBkjpsgLT_Mm9UMlJQMVZETVU3WVpMUjhSRVBIVkY2NUFYNC4u (Note: You will have access to the Internet, a projector, and an Elmo in your presentation room. Lunch will be provided free of charge for all conference presenters.
Teachers or undergraduate & graduate students, this is for you and your friends!
Here is an opportunity to travel & learn about education & culture in Scotland, England, & Wales! Registration for the internationally recognized United Kingdom Literacy Conference is included
(https://ukla.org/conferences/event/54th-ukla-international-conference-2018#sthash.nOBThAoV.dpbs). College students (age 18+) will earn 3 credits (undergrad or grad, easily transferable) while traveling to Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, and more!
What’s included? Tuition (required of all), round-trip airfare, accommodations, entrance fees to many attractions, conference registration, all breakfasts, some dinners, and in-country travel! No hassle: the arrangements are all made; you can relax and join the fun while learning. See the flyer to learn how to apply!
Email Dr. Pelttari email@example.com or Dr. Yurko firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Congratulations to Katrina Hatch and Courtney Wilson for winning a NYSRA Grant!