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Using Children's Books to Approach Trauma-Informed Education


Sep 25, 2019 03:46 PM

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Katie Potter
Literacy Specialist @Lee & Low Books
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.
Andrea Adomako
Educator, PhD Candidate and Mellon Cluster Fellow @Northwestern University
Andrea Y. Adomako is an educator who has worked with elementary, middle and high school students. She is currently a PhD student in African American Studies and a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. Her research is concerned with the ways in which Black girls’ proximity to death is often overlooked in the popular cultural landscape. She examines how Black children's literature, both by and about Black girls, is an ideological tool used to communicate Black girls’ ideas about violence and intimacy. After graduating from Barnard College with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Human Rights, Andrea received her M.A. in American studies from Purdue University. Her interdisciplinary scholarship spans the fields of Black feminist theory, Black girlhood studies, literary criticism, and Black political thought.