QACPS Trains teachers on issues of race in literature
CENTREVILLE, MD – Middle school English Language Arts teachers in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) participated in a virtual professional development session today to gain knowledge and strategies for facilitating conversations rooted in literature and related to race.
QACPS provided virtual training to support teachers in guiding conversations with students on the thematic topic of race, particularly for newly adopted novels such as Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
“The school district is preparing educators to teach students to analyze literature and understand systems of oppression in order to explore concepts of fairness and equity for all people.
This professional learning offers educators an opportunity to talk about the sensitive issues of race and racism in a safe environment before facilitating scholarly discussions with students,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrea M. Kane.
Amanda Ensor, Title I Family Engagement Specialist, and Bridget Passyn, Supervisor of Reading, Language Arts, and English for grades 3-12, presented on Race and Racism in Literature: Navigating a Critical Issue in a Tense Time to middle school English Language Arts teachers. The presentation was based on literature and research from organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and Teaching Tolerance.
In November 2020, QACPS trained high school English teachers on race and racism issues in literature to support classroom discussions on works such as The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
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