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Decentering Skills and Centering Community: Writing in the Classroom
Writing is hard. Teaching it is harder. How do you make writing accessible, intentional, and interesting for your students? Why does it matter anyway? Join Constellation Resident Asia Calcagno as she walks you through the ins and outs of effective writing spaces and talks through how writing connects to social-emotional learning, cross-cultural communication, and a useful tool for identity development. Educators will learn intentional habits they can build into their learning spaces and ways to upkeep a community of writing.

Participants will:

1. Understand how writing programming can be used as a tool to engage in storytelling, cross-cultural communication, and community building
2. Learn best practices to build writing cultures in their classrooms and out-of-school time that are actively safe and effective spaces for young people
3. Adapt inclusive practices into their writing spaces to best encourage young peoples' participation and well-being
4. Develop tangible tools for building a community of writers

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Presenter Bio: Asia Calcagno is a former classroom teacher and teaching artist who now serves as an arts nonprofit leader. Asia is particularly interested in the idea of effective and equitable writing education and using writing as a tool for cross-cultural dialogue, liberation, and encouraging young people to write their own narratives. She was raised in the poetry performance space as a youth and has competed and performed locally, nationally, and abroad and has developed youth poetry education programming in both Chicago and Connecticut.
Asia's writing has been featured in Third Coast, Poetry Magazine, The Golden Shovel Anthology, Black Femme Collective, and other literary spaces and has been recognized by The Academy of American Poets. Asia holds an MFA from Bennington College and is a 2022 Luminarts Creative Writing Fellow.

Jan 26, 2023 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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