Adolescence is a time when young people are crafting stories about who they are, how they understand the world, and how they fit into society. The study of literature has the power to inform and transform the way adolescents see themselves and others. Coming of Age in a Complex World, Facing History’s new resource collection for literature and language arts classrooms, integrates social-emotional learning, civic education, and equity with timely research in adolescent development and literacy best practices. It is designed to help your students value the complexity of identity, process texts through a critical and ethical lens, and develop their sense of agency and voice.
During the webinar, we will:
- Introduce our expansive new collection, Coming of Age in a Complex World
- Share sample texts, essential questions, and student learning experiences that promote deeper learning about self and society
- Explore how to use our Unit Planning Toolkit to craft effective curriculum for your own classroom
Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 5–6 PM ET/4–5 PM CT/ 3–4 PM MT/2–3 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.
You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Erika Henderson
Associate Program Director, Regional Growth
Facing History and Ourselves
Dr. Erika Henderson, an educator of over 23 years, serves as associate program director for regional growth in the southeast region of Facing History and Ourselves. There she facilitates regional and national professional development for teachers, schools, student leaders and school districts. Dr. Henderson is a Memphis native, who previously worked as a master teacher, a district literacy/performance improvement coach and school principal in Memphis, Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville. Her love of literacy is contagious, but her passion for social justice has always focused on fighting racism, bigotry, and hate. Dr. Henderson graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College, and earned her doctorate, master's, and specialist degrees from Union University. Dr. Henderson has been a New Leaders for New Schools fellow, Ed Reports reviewer, Tennessee Educators of Color (TECA) and Senior Klawe Fellow. She holds active memberships with numerous social action and educational organizations: NAACP, NCTE, TCSS, Kappa Delta Pi, and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Dr. Henderson is the Youth Director at her place of worship. She is a loving wife, mother and grandmother who believes that education can be the great equalizer—the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world and that a high quality, equitable education is our current civil rights movement.
Program Director, Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership
Facing History and Ourselves
Laura Tavares is program director for organizational learning and thought leadership at Facing History and Ourselves. She leads strategic partnerships, designs learning experiences for educators, and creates innovative classroom resources. She writes about history, current events, and education for publications including the New York Times, Educational Leadership, and Social Education. Laura joined the staff of Facing History in 2005 after several years teaching history and literature in independent schools. She is also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom Institutes. Laura graduated from Wellesley College and received graduate degrees in literature and history from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.