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Teaching About Slavery Using Lee & Low Children's Books


Jan 15, 2020 03:43 PM

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Katie Potter
Literacy Specialist @Lee & Low Books
Moderator: Katie Potter is the Literacy Specialist at LEE & LOW BOOKS. She is responsible for writing and developing the rigorous Teacher’s Guides and Educator Resources for all frontlist titles, in addition to working with university professors and nonprofit organizations on how to incorporate diverse, multicultural literature into curriculum and syllabi. Prior to LEE & LOW BOOKS, Katie worked as an educational researcher for Michael Cohen Group, and was the Project Director for a US Department of Education Ready to Learn Grant that was designed to engender math and literacy skills in underserved youth. She has also worked as a student teacher in first and fifth grade classrooms and a Literacy Instructor, all in New York City schools. Katie has a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Skidmore College and a Master’s Degree in Childhood General Education Grades 1-6 and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education.
Amanda E. Vickery
Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education/Race in Education @University of North Texas
Presenter: Amanda E. Vickery is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education/Race in Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary social studies methods. Her research focuses on how Black women teachers utilize experiential and community knowledge to reconceptualize the construct of citizenship. Additionally, she explores Black women as critical citizens within the U.S. civic narrative. Dr. Vickery is active in the social studies community serving as Chair-Elect of the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). She is also an Affiliate Faculty Board Member for the K–12 Black History Research Consortium for the Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education. Dr. Vickery is a former middle school social studies teacher.
Noreen Naseem Rodriguez
Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies @Iowa State University
Presenter: Noreen Naseem Rodriguez is an assistant professor of elementary social studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her research interests include educators of color, culturally sustaining pedagogies, racial literacy, the teaching of difficult histories, and critical uses of diverse children’s literature. Rodríguez was a bilingual elementary teacher in Texas for nine years, where she supported the development and implementation of K-8 Asian American studies and Mexican American/Tejano studies curriculum. She was the recipient of the 2017 Larry Metcalf Dissertation Award from the National Council of the Social Studies and the 2019 Early Career Award from the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work has been published in Theory & Research in Social Education, Educational Studies, The Urban Review, The Bilingual Research Journal, The Journal of Children’s Literature, and Literacy Today.