Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium 2019

About This Event

Overview

Building cultural competency is an important first step in expanding the diversity of books and readers.

Allies in the fight for cultural representation in children’s books–authors, editors, publishers, teachers, librarians–must understand the complexities of cultural competency to foster equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. Writers must gain tools in cultural competency before writing outside their own experiences. Editors and agents need to deepen their understanding of cultural competency as they bring new books to life. Professors, teachers and librarians need to be able to have appropriate conversations with students.

This course will help you cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow your cultural competency. Join changemakers Edith Campbell, Dr. Debbie Reese, Renee Watson, Dr. Marilisa Jiménez García, Dr. Laura M. Jiménez and Paula Yoo for this working symposium at the Highlights Foundation.

What You’ll Learn

At the symposium we will:

Discuss histories of marginalized people in children’s books.

Foster competency-building activities and discussions around key readings, including critical reviews.

Explore allyship, particularly in children’s literature.

Cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow one’s cultural competency.

Begin exploring the complexities of cultural competency to foster racial equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf.

Who Should Attend

Editors, agents or publishing executives who want to deepen their understanding of cultural competency in the industry.

MFA professors who could benefit from a professional development opportunity around cultural competency.

Writers who follow conversations on social media and who would like to have a better understanding as well as find ways to have appropriate conversations about their work.

Writers looking for better understanding of writing outside one’s experiences in books for children.

College professors who work with pre-service teachers and want to bring them into this important conversation.

Teachers who are building a classroom collection and want to find ways to be inclusive with their choices and ways to talk about the books with students.

Librarians, media, booksellers, bloggers, book reviewers–anyone who is an ally of the fight for correct cultural representation in children’s books–are welcome to join us and learn.

Agenda

This course will help you cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow your cultural competency. Join changemakers Edith Campbell, Dr. Debbie Reese, Renee Watson, Marilisa Jiménez García, Dr. Laura M. Jiménez and Paula Yoo for this working symposium at the Highlights Foundation.

This symposium will:

Look at histories of marginalized people in children’s books.

Foster competency-building activities and discussions around key readings, including critical reviews.

Explore allyship, particularly in children’s literature.

Cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow one’s cultural competency.

Resources

Edith Campbell’s blog

Dr. Debbie Reese’s 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot lecture

Faculty Interview: Marilisa Jiménez García

Paula Yoo on Twenty-two Cents: The Story of Muhammad Yunus

The faculty recommends that all registrants read this book before the course begins: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. If you register by May 15, we’ll send it to you.

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