Living Between Two Worlds

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Textual Analysis & Interpretation; Developing Cross-Cultural Sensitivity; Developing Empathy

DATE: (Thursdays) November 5 & December 3, 2020, 4:30 to 6:00 PM; and three dates TBA in winter/spring 2021
TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Virtual for fall semester; TBD for winter/spring semester
PDPs: 15
FEE: Partnership educators - no cost; Non-partnership educators - $150

What does it mean to navigate between two worlds of identity, status, or race? What are the inventive ways that global literature can deepen our insight into “hybridity”—the bi-racial, bi-cultural or bi-national life experiences that touch ever growing numbers of students in our schools and classrooms each year? The books for this five-session series explore life at the creative margins of society, where straddling identities can variously be a source of power, marginalization, insight, or a blend of all three. We will follow this theme down many pathways and genres this year including fantasy and graphic literature, realistic and historical fiction. Our book selections will bring us to the many vivid in-between places their protagonists stand, from the gleaming classrooms of a “diversity-forward” prep school, to the intertwining alleyways of the Jewish and Muslim quarters in old Cairo, and the boats, trains and camps of 20th century refugee life. We welcome all new and returning educators to join us on this unique reading journey.

  • Book possibilities for this series: New Kid by Jerry Craft; Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor; Refugee by Alan Gratz; and The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by David Lucas. Stay tuned for our finalized list!

Open to all K-12 educators.





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