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What does culturally responsive and inclusive writing instruction look like in practice? How might you encourage student voice in writing assignments while respecting linguistic differences, including Black English Vernacular?

Over two sessions, explore these topics with Carmine Stewart through lecture, discussion, application and reflection, and writing and revision in a participatory Writer's Workshop, a tool for increasing writing ability through collaborative, appreciative practice.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers and tutors

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

  1. Friday, 12/3, from 1-3 pm

  2. Friday, 12/17, from 1-2 pm

Each participant will be asked to experiment with one practice or strategy in the weeks following Session 1 and report back on that experience in Session 2.

Topics over the two sessions will include:

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

Please note: You will receive an email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College 1-2 days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Zoom session and the resources in Blackboard. You cannot access this online course through the SABES website. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam/Junk folder and/or email Joanne (

    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 towards Standard English while demonstrating respect and appreciation for students' home languages
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
12/03/2021 - 1:00 pm to 12/03/2021 - 3:00 pm
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12/17/2021 - 1:00 pm to 12/17/2021 - 2:00 pm
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PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
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