Many of us know the power of play in children's academic and social development, but play, when used as a driving element in classrooms can also help facilitate lasting social change. In this session, Joshua Castillo will lead us through a close study of the implicit and explicit ways bias lives within our daily classroom play and literacy scenarios, whether they be kindergarten students playing with blocks or fourth graders on the playground. With this lens, Joshua will support us with practical strategies and moves that feel doable, practical, and powerful. Kristi Mraz will then carry the thread of Joshua's framing into the storytelling and writing practices in our classroom. Renee Houser will continue this conversation into the daily work of read aloud and independent reading. Participants familiar with the workshop approach to teaching literacy will find new lenses and uses for familiar structures, all participants will leave with small ways to make big changes.