Belonging Through Books Speaker Series

Reading Diverse Text In School Spaces

This FREE webinar series explores the use of diverse texts in school spaces. Participants will engage in discussions about the intersection of self and text, resistance and discomfort in school spaces, as well as reading diverse literature critically. Participants will complete the series with more knowledge of and confidence in using diverse books to support their educational practices. It is recommended (not required) to complete the webinars in succession, as each complements the next. This webinar series is part of WOSU Classroom's Belonging Through Books initiative. You must register for each session.

Dates: (click on each course thumbnail at the bottom of the page to register )

  • 10/14, 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • 10/21, 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
  • 10/28, 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/4, 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Guest Speakers:Dr. Samantha Stewart

Dr. Samantha Stewart specializes in literature for children and young adults. Her work focuses on the use of multicultural/anti-racist children literature in classroom spaces. She has taught college courses in children’s literature and multicultural children’s literature. As well, she has over 10 years of in classroom experience, ranging from toddler to college. Dr. Stewart holds three degrees from The Ohio State University, including a bachelors in human development and family studies, a Master’s of Education, and a doctorate of philosophy with a specialization in literature for children and young adults.

Dr. Arianna Howard is a master trainer and leading cultural diversity expert. She possesses varied educational experience, serving as preschool and middle school teacher, guidance counselor, high school administrator and trauma coach over her 15-year career. Her consulting firm, Plant-A-Seed Educational Consulting, facilitates anti-racist, trauma-informed, culturally responsive strategic plans with school leaders, focusing on the creation of equitable school environments.

Dr. Howard has real, lived experience. As the eldest of three raised in a poor, single-parent household, Dr. Howard has intimate knowledge of poverty, racism, and generational trauma. She has been able to break free from ancestral cycles of mental illness, domestic violence, and low self-worth. Dr. Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in child development, a master’s degree in middle grades education, and a doctoral degree in Literacy Studies from Ohio State University. Her dissertation research celebrates the ways single, Black mothers support their children’s education. Dr. Howard is an active community member and has authored numerous peer- and editor-reviewed articles. In addition to training, coaching, and consulting, Dr. Howard maintains her blog, The Radical Educator, and YouTube channel, Radical Learning Spaces.

YouTube:Radical Learning Spaces 
Facebook: Radical Learning Spaces
LinkedIn: Arianna Howard
Instagram: @drarimichele 
Twitter: @drarimichele

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