First Presenter's Institution

University of West Georgia

Second Presenter's Institution

University of West Georgia

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Session 7 (Vernon)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

Presenter will provide.

Brief Program Description

Are you hoping to create an inclusive classroom and school environment where families of all backgrounds feel welcome and valued? In this session, you will learn how you can invite educators, students, families, and caregivers to read “window and mirror” books and create a virtual discussion space where they are able to have genuine and open conversations surrounding those books that celebrate the differences and similarities that make us all human.

Summary

Are you hoping to create an inclusive classroom and school environment where families of all backgrounds feel welcome and valued? In this session, you will learn how you can invite educators, students, families, and caregivers to read “window and mirror” books and create a virtual discussion space where they are able to have genuine and open conversations surrounding those books that celebrate the differences and similarities that make us all human.

Evidence

Presenter will provide.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Bethany L. Scullin began her career at the University of West Georgia in August of 2017 where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education. Bethany earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with Specializations in Literacy and Urban Education at Kent State University (2010-2014). Before coming to UWG, Bethany taught for ten years in southwest Florida in second, third, fourth, and fifth grade. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12) from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (2000) and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida (2008). She also served as a full-time temporary instructor (2010-2016) and Assistant Professor (2016-2017) in the Department of Middle & Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Edinboro University located in northwest Pennsylvania. In addition, she earned National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy (2008-20018) and is also an English as a Second Language Program Specialist (K-12). Bethany is currently co-director of the Cherokee Rose Writing Project, housed at UWG, and co-editor of the Ohio Reading Teacher. She also serves on the National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Books Award Selection Committee. Bethany's research interest include developing a culturally relevant literature-based reading curriculum for African American adolescent male students and promoting race-talk through picture books in elementary classrooms. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, visiting family, and spending time with her two children, Ava and Isaac, and her husband, Scott.

Dr. Jennifer K. Allen began her career in higher education in 2016 at the University of West Georgia where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education. Jennifer earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia (2011-2016). Prior to her appointment at UWG, Jennifer taught at the elementary school level for ten years, working in second, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms as well as in the gifted resource setting. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia (2003) and a Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from the University of West Georgia (2010). Additionally, she holds endorsements for Gifted Education, ESOL, and Reading Instruction. Professionally, Jennifer is active with the Cherokee Rose Writing Project where she serves as a teacher consultant and leadership team member. She also enjoys teaching on-site literacy courses at the local PDS schools. Jennifer's research interests include practitioner research, using the NOT-ICE protocol to notice gifts and talents in culturally and linguistically diverse learners, writing pedagogy, and digital literacies. Personally, Jennifer enjoys watching and playing sports, especially when her children are involved and spending time with her friends and family (husband, Justin; children, Carter and Julia).

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

3-5-2019 2:45 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 4:00 PM

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Mar 5th, 2:45 PM Mar 5th, 4:00 PM

Windows and Mirrors Literacy Experience: Open Books, Open Minds

Session 7 (Vernon)

Are you hoping to create an inclusive classroom and school environment where families of all backgrounds feel welcome and valued? In this session, you will learn how you can invite educators, students, families, and caregivers to read “window and mirror” books and create a virtual discussion space where they are able to have genuine and open conversations surrounding those books that celebrate the differences and similarities that make us all human.