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Teaching Social Activism through Children's Books


Jan 23, 2019 3:41 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ina Pannell-St. Surin
Special Education Teacher @P.S. 372K
Ina Pannell-St.Surin is a special education teacher in New York City public and independent schools for over twenty-seven years. She currently teaches at P.S. 372K, The Children’s School, a public school in Brooklyn, New York as part of a full-time Integrated Co-Teaching Team. At The Children’s School, Ina serves on committees which focus on diversity and uplifting marginalized students. Ina is also a part-time Responsive Classroom teacher consultant, with The Center for Responsive Schools, sharing Responsive Classroom practices with teachers across the country. Ina also co-convenes The Anti-Racist Alliance of Educators (ARA-E) in New York City, a sub-committee of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), which deals with the disparity and inequalities in our education system. Ina has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.
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. 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.