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Literacy Innovators Forum, Elevating Authentic Traditions to Collectively Grow Our Children
Families and caregivers have been raising their children into powerful, multiliterate beings forever. As educators, we must recognize they are our most powerful partners. Incorporating already-existing, dynamic family practices by centering the pillars of joy, choice and process in everyday communication and instructional design for our kids is of utmost importance. Our children's rich legacies and authentic caregiver behaviors are among the most critical to our understanding the whole child -- supporting a cultivation of love, curiosity and growth. Seeking for understanding of ALL families, not just some, helps us collectively nourish ALL children.

Nov 10, 2022 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nawal Qarooni
Nawal Qarooni (she/her/hers) is an educator and writer who works in education spaces to support a holistic model of literacy instruction. She and her team of coaches at NQC Literacy work with teachers and school leaders to grow a love of reading and composition in ways that exalt the whole child, their cultural capital and their intrinsic curiosities. She is the proud daughter of immigrants, and mothering her four young kids shapes her understanding of teaching and learning. Nawal’s first book about family literacy is forthcoming in 2023. She is a graduate of University of Michigan and attended Syracuse University for her first master's degree in journalism, and transitioned from newspaper reporting to education as a New York City Teaching Fellow. Connect with her on Twitter @NQCLiteracy or IG @nqarooni.
Carla España, Ph.D.
Carla España, Ph.D. is a New York-based educator from Chile, researcher, writer, and co-founder of the En Comunidad Collective. Dr. España partners with K-12 schools and teacher preparation programs to support teachers, librarians, coaches, and administrators. Her teaching, writing, research, and workshops live at the intersection of critical literacies, bilingual/ multilingual education, children’s literature, language ideologies, curriculum development, and teacher education. Dr. España is the incoming Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education and Puerto Rican/Latinx and Latin American Studies in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Luz Yadira Herrera, Ph.D.
Luz Yadira Herrera, Ph.D. is a teacher, researcher, author, and co-founder of the En Comunidad Collective. Dr. Herrera has over sixteen years of experience in the education of emergent bilinguals. She is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at California State University, Channel Islands. Dr. Herrera's teaching and research are in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy. She is the co-author of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students with Dr. Carla España.