Anti-Racist Approaches to Language and Literacy Education

How do we honor, validate, and sustain language identities? How do we decenter whiteness in our classrooms? As educators, how can we expand what counts as literacies and whose literacies count?  If you are interested in anti-racist approaches to language and literacy education, please consider joining the next Book in Common event tomorrow, February 10, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: The Every Day Work of (Re) Claiming our Languages. The webinar features Dr. April Baker-Bell an Associate Professor in the Departments of African American and African Studies and English at Michigan State University, and author of Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy (2020). Dr. Baker-Bell will be in conversation with Chico State’s Dr. Sara Trechter, Professor of English, who studies the Lakhota, as well as language revitalization with the Nu’eta, and Dr. Aydé Enríquez-Loya, Associate Professor of English, who studies cultural rhetorics and femicides of Mexican/Mestiza women on the US/Mexican border. Together, they will discuss the contention of language, the violence of language, and the work needed for language recovery, reclamations, and celebration of language and language identities. Hosted by Dr. Kim Jaxon and co-sponsored by the Book in Common and the Northern California Writing Project.

Register for Zoom link here: https://www.csuchico.edu/bic/events/stories/linguistic-diversity.shtml

We encourage you to explore these resources:

  • Book trailer for Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy 

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