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Events for Members

(Zoom links will be emailed)

Upcoming Sessions

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Jason Reynolds Q & A on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

    • Mr. Reynolds' bio from his website, jasonwritesbooks.com:

      • Jason Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling author of All American Boys, the Track series, Long Way Down, For Everyone, and Miles Morales-Spiderman.

      • He is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

      • Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for this first work of prose and seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017).

      • Reynolds returned to poetry with Long Way Down (2017), a novel in verse which was named a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards.

  • Monday, December 28, 2020

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up: Discussing Front Desk by Kelly Yang, ALAN book recommendations, sharing favorite classroom texts and activities

  • Saturday, January 30, 11:00 a.m. ET   

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Greg Neri, author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside ShortyGhetto Cowboy, and others! 

      • Look for the film adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy this fall--Concrete Cowboy

        • ​Idris Elba, ‘Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin To Star In ‘Concrete Cowboys’ 

https://deadline.com/2019/08/concrete-cowboy-idris-elba-caleb-mclaughlin-stranger-things-ghetto-cowboy-book-jharrel-jerome-1202661808/

  • And...May 2021: Candace Fleming, author of The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial RussiaThe Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, picture books Muncha, Muncha, Muncha! and others! 

Previous Sessions

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020

    • Community Gathering: Race & Education Panel with ​Kineta Sanford, Christine Quiblat, Lindsay Haralson, Romena Holbert, and Lynette Jones

  • Friday, August 21​, 2020   7:00-8:00 p.m., ET

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​:  Poetry for All & Great Books for Middle Schoolers

  • Saturday, September 12​, 2020  11:00 a.m. ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Stacey Robinson​, illustrator of I Am Alfonso Jones

    • Mr. Robinson's bio:

      • Born in Albany NY, Stacey Robinson is a visual artist, and an Assistant Professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.  Since the early 1990’s his work as combined comics book and science fiction aesthetics with Afrocentricity to imagine Black spiritualism and education as a means of transcending colonialism. He completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo, where his thesis Binary ConScience explored Black speculative futures through our cultural wealth, trauma, and imagination. At Harvard University Stacey was a 2019-2020 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African-American Research. His research looked at Hip-Hop’s multimodal performance practice of inspiration and activism, as self-created reparations and it potential as a means for commodified wealth and Black liberation. As a member of the Black Speculative arts Movement (BSAM), Stacey had traveled internationally, having difficult conversations surrounding ideas of Black nationalism. In continuation his multimedia work discusses ideas of “Black Utopias” as decolonized spaces of peace by considering Black affluent, self-sustaining communities, Black protest movements, and the art movements that document them. As one half of the collaborative team “Black Kirby” with artist John Jennings, he creates graphic novels, gallery exhibitions and lectures that deconstruct the work of comic book creator Jack Kirby to re-imagine resistance spaces inspired by Black diasporic cultures. His latest graphic novel, ‘I Am Alfonso Jones’ with writer Tony Medina is available from Lee & Low books.​

      • Forbes on I Am Alfonso Jones:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2017/11/02/i-am-alfonso-jones-brings-powerful-blm-message-to-young-adult-graphic-fiction/#7cd938093708

  • September Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Discussions on race, I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings

 

  • Saturday, October 17​, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET

    • Community Gathering: ​Lauren G. McClanahan, founder of Bellingham Youth Media Project

    • Dr. McClanahan's bio:​

      • With a background in critical literacy education, Lauren has taught at the middle school and university levels, and is currently a Professor of Secondary Education at Western Washington University.  When not working with her WWU students, she enjoys making photos and films about everyday life, and the extraordinary found therein.  Visit her video and photography websites at: 

https://vimeo.com/mcclanahan

https://www.conceptualframeworkphotography.com/

Contact: lauren.bymp@gmail.com

  • October Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Fri., Oct. 23, 2020  7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ET

    • Arezou Eizadynejad, ELL Teacher, will speak with us about the graphic novel Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. Ms. Eizajynejad is an Iranian American who holds a degree in Persian literature. ​

  • Saturday, November 7​, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Cyndy Etler, author of YA memoirs Dead Inside and We Can't Be Friends

    • Creator of literacy program for teens: 1st Block Revolution

    • Life Coach for Teens

    • Ms. Etler's bio:

      • ​A modern-day Cinderella, Cyndy Etler was homeless at thirteen, summa cum laude at thirty. Currently a young adult author and teen life coach, Etler spent sixteen years teaching troubled teens in schools across America. Before she was paid for teaching Etler did it for free, volunteering at public schools and facilities for runaway teens. Today she speaks at fundraisers, schools and libraries, convincing teens that books work better than drugs. Etler holds a double-major Bachelor of Arts, in English and American Studies, and a Master of Education in Secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of two young adult memoirs: The Dead Inside: A True Story (Sourcebooks Fire, 2017), a Junior Library Guild selection, and We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story (Sourcebooks Fire, 2017). After years of hopscotching, Etler now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and dogs. Find her at CyndyEtler.com.

  • November Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Sat., Nov. 14, 2020  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Microaggressions Race & Education Panel: Lindsay Haralson, Romena Holbert, Lynette Jones, Kineta Sanford

 

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