Reading Instruction and DEI: Step-by-Step Guidance

Equity expert Michael Lowe will show you how reading instruction affects students and share concrete strategies you can implement immediately to improve equity. You will learn how to update both curriculum and instruction.

What You'll Learn

  • How can you deepen the cultural competence of your school community?
  • What is the history of literacy instruction and schooling in the U.S.?
  • How do privileges, power, and oppression sustain inequity?
  • How can you teach your students to develop a love of literacy?
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Training Overview

How does your school foster equity in learning? Decolonize your curriculum this year.

As the new year begins, families continue to want students to study topics and perspectives representative of their backgrounds. People learn more when they identify with the subject matter, and traditional reading instruction may not provide the equity parents and students expect.

Now is the time to decolonize reading instruction to engage historically underserved students and foster literacy. More than just throwing another book or two onto reading lists, you must actively examine your entire program to ensure equitable representation in content, instructional methods, and participation.

  • How can you deepen the cultural competence of your school community?
  • What is the history of literacy instruction and schooling in the U.S.?
  • How do privileges, power, and oppression sustain inequity?
  • How can you teach your students to develop a love of literacy?
Recommended Audience
Who Should Attend?
  • Superintendents
  • Deputy, associate, and assistant superintendents
  • Diversity and equity officers
  • Directors of curriculum and instruction
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Directors of special education
  • Student services directors
  • School board members
  • Principals
  • Vice principals and assistant principals
  • Department chairpersons
  • Teachers
  • Other district administrators
  • Faculty union representatives
  • Education nonprofit groups
  • Community engagement professionals
  • Other school leaders
  • Learning strategists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Future teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Paraprofessionals
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Michael Lowe
  • Chief equity officer for Shelby County Schools in Tennessee
  • Served as a regional superintendent and middle school principal in Memphis
  • Focuses on culturally responsive teaching and equity in student work
  • Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Memphis
  • Education specialist and doctorate degree in leadership and instruction from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee