Join Rethinking Schools editor Linda Christensen at the Oregon Council of Teachers of English virtual spring conference for her keynote address, “Teaching for Joy and Justice During Hard Times.”
How do we teach in a way that our literacy work does not reproduce inequities, injustices, and racism? In this workshop/talk, Christensen will share strategies to nurture students’ capacity to intervene when they confront injustice at the same time they practice literacy skills. In order for students to inhabit the lives of literary characters through “windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors,” they need to understand the parallels of hurt, struggle, and joy across intersecting lines and figure out how to make the world right again.
Linda Christensen, director of the Oregon Writing Project, is an author and editor of several books: Reading, Writing and Rising Up, 2nd Edition, Teaching for Joy and Justice, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, and most recently The New Teacher Book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom, 3rd Edition. She was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.