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Literature has the power to build our capacity for empathy, shared understanding, and stronger communities. Join us for a discussion about inclusive text selection and building classroom libraries. This school year Facing History has selected Judith Heumann’s 2021 memoir, Being Heumann and the young adult version: Rolling Warrior, for an All Community Read. During this webinar, we will introduce participants to the themes of identity, inclusion and belonging, and civic agency found in this powerful memoir. This webinar will feature elements from Facing History’s Coming of Age in a Complex World collection, designed to support educators as they balance reading, writing, speaking and listening skills development with perspective-taking, ethical reflection, and cultivation of empathy in order to nurture students’ capacity for informed and engaged citizenship. It embeds equity, social-emotional learning, and civic education practices to create authentic and engaging learning experiences.
Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8 PM ET/6–7 PM CT/ 5–6 PM MT/4–5 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 may 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:
Lisa Lefstein-Berusch, Program Director, Cleveland
Lisa Lefstein-Berusch is the Associate Program Director of Facing History and Ourselves’ Cleveland region. Since 2011, Lisa has worked with public, independent, and parochial schools in Northeast Ohio in curriculum design and instructional coaching around teaching the humanities and creating inclusive and equitable school culture. Through her work with Facing History, she connects lessons of history and literature to issues in our democracy today, motivating students to recognize their voice and civic agency. Lisa has taught English Language Arts at Lakewood High School and Cleveland Heights High School. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from University of North Carolina, a Masters of Education from John Carroll University, and a post-baccalaureate licensure in Secondary Social Studies from Cleveland State University.
Sarah Stuart, Associate Program Director, Memphis/Southeast
Sarah is the Associate Program Director for the Memphis/Southeast region. In this role, Sarah leads district and school partnerships, plans and facilitates seminars, workshops, and educator events, and provides virtual and site-based coaching for teachers implementing Facing History. She is the lead on the Memphis Partner Schools Network, the Memphis Teaching for Equity and Justice (TEJ) educator professional learning program, the Student Community Book Read Educator Workshop and Author Event, and the Memphis High School Elective Course project. The Tennessee Department of Education certified for-credit course is now offered in 32 schools. She received her B.A. in Humanities/Psychology from the New College of California and an M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis.