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Sunday, February 5 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Living the Legacy of Pura Belpré: Latinx Literature in the Elementary Classroom

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Pura Belpré was the first Latina Librarian in the New York City Public Library. An educator, storyteller, and author, she shared stories that derived from and affirmed the lives and experiences of the Latinx community. Still today, according to the CCBC, less than 5% of published children’s books feature Latinx characters. Research shows us that children of all backgrounds benefit from diverse literature in the classroom. This session will highlight literature that celebrates stories and amplify voices of the Latinx community. During this session, we will discuss ways to use Latinx literature to meet new ELA Wisconsin Standards in grades K-5. Session participants will walk away with book lists and practical ideas for integrating Latinx literature into the curriculum.

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Mallory Umar and Dr. Haydee Smith

Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Racine Unified School District
Mallory A. Umar is a passionate Latinx educator who believes in the power of literacy and intentionally-designed instruction to create change. Currently, Mallory serves as an Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Racine Unified School District. She is a doctoral... Read More →

Sunday February 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm CST