Workshops (Registration closed)
Mobilizing Anti-Racist Literacies: Connecting with Home Languages
Date: January 29, 2022
Time: 1:00 - 3:30pm
Accessibility: Closed Captioning available
We are each literate in the languages that are shaped by our communities. By recognizing and making space for young people to express themselves using their home languages and literacies, educators can communicate the importance of community connections in shaping student identities and futures.
Dr. Sonia Aujla-Bhullar and Dr. April Baker-Bell will discuss how community shapes our languages, and the beauty and history of Black language. This event also includes a poetry writing session, guided by local poet aloT of Poetry that will celebrate our own personal languages. Courtney Walcott will join for a response panel discussion.
Mobilizing Arts-based Literacies: Connecting through Hip Hop
Date: February 19, 2022
Time: 1:00- 3:30pm
We are each literate in the ways we express ourselves with our bodies and through the arts. By including the literacies of Hip-Hop’s art forms, educators can communicate the importance of Black history and ways of knowing.
Dr. Towani Duchscher and Dr. Bianca Nightengale-Lee will explore the power of arts-based Hip-Hop Literacies. In addition, local artists AJA Louden and Ajay Musodi will lead workshops on expressing ourselves through graffiti art and hip-hop dance. Dwight Farahat and Rosman Valencia will join for a response panel discussion.
Mobilizing Land-based Literacies: Connecting with the Land
Date: March 12, 2022
Time: 1:00- 3:30
Location: TBC (details will be emailed to registered participants)
We are each literate in the ways we come to know the land and its stories. By inviting students to build connection and relationship with the land, educators can communicate the importance of valuing the earth and all it can teach us.
Ahstanskiaki Sandra Manyfeathers and Lesley Tait will share the beauty of Blackfoot ways of knowing and the importance of connecting and learning from and with the land. This event includes a walking tour that will inspire participants to build a relationship with Mohkinstsis (Calgary). Autumn EagleSpeaker and Janis Weasel Bear-Johnson will join for a response panel discussion.
For Teachers: Full Day Workshop on Decolonizing Your English Language Arts Class
Date: May 6, 2022
Time: full day
Location: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
This fourth workshop is a professional learning workshop for classroom teachers who have attended the first three workshops. The full day workshop invites teachers to collaborate with the literacy theorists and artist/community educators from the first three workshops to plan practical ways of implementing multiple decolonizing literacy practices in the classroom.
Note: separate registration form will be sent out in March