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ELA is a great pathway for increasing representation in programs. Through this series of sessions with Dr. Carmine Stewart, learn why cultural representation is important to both marginalized and non-marginalized learners; explore the idea of representation in ELA curriculum and instruction; and begin to practice revising ELA lessons to be more culturally responsive. Leave the series with a bank of reading and writing lessons as well as resources for increasing representation and inclusive culture in the adult literacy classroom.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers

This PD opportunity consists of three virtual sessions over Zoom with application and reflection in between:

  1. April 30, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  2. May 21, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  3. June 4, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Topics over the three sessions will include:

  • What representation looks like in the ELA classroom
  • Wisdom from the research: actions teachers should (and should not) take
  • Strategies for increasing representation in the ELA classroom through reading and writing
  • Benefits of representation to non-marginalized students and society at large
  • Colorblindness
  • Cultivating culture: creating space for cultural conversations
  • Black English Vernacular, Standard English, and language differences

These sessions will also include:

  • Model reading and writing lessons
  • Workshopping participant lessons
  • Participant sharing of lessons and student responses

On completion of all components, participants will receive 7 PD hours:

  • Virtual live sessions: 4.5 hours
  • Lesson revision and/or creation, written reflections: 2.5 hours
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Provide a personal rationale for focusing efforts on increasing representation
  • Incorporate more culturally responsive practices in reading and writing lessons
  • Approach writing instruction in ways that guide students toward Standard English while demonstrating respect and appreciation for students' home languages
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
Curriculum Development
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)