In this workshop, presenters from the Diverse BookFinder out of Bates College will present current research and best practices around using diverse books in the Connections program and adult education classroom. This is a half-day, virtual workshop with breaks. We welcome you to attend one or all of the sessions listed below!
Virginia Dearani, M.A. Ed.
Virginia is currently a full-time Lecturer at UMF in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program and completing her Doctoral Studies in Literacy/Curriculum Design at UMO. As a bi-racial woman, she has learned how to navigate the world of teaching and learning with a perspective of pluralism, honoring the both/and. Her focus of teaching and learning is Embodied Social Justice Education and Interdisciplinary Curriculum Designer for Pre-K through 8th grade. Throughout the past 25+ years, Virginia has focused her education and professional work in the areas of cross-cultural pedagogy and peace education for children 3 years through adulthood. She has developed a variety of curriculums and teaching methodology for young children, school-aged, teens, parents and professionals on topics including: Radical Love in Action; Peace & Conflict Resolution Skills; Tools of Nonviolent Communication; Equity Literacy; Media Literacy; Multiple Intelligence Theory and Practice; Gender Relations; Embodied Social Justice in the Classroom; and Partnership Education. She values, and focuses on the joy of partnering with children and youth to create communities of belonging so needed in our world today. She resides in Auburn, ME where she commits to playing daily with her 2 young boys and husband.
Anne Sibley O’Brien
Annie is a children’s book writer and illustrator who has published thirty-seven award-winning books featuring diverse children and cultures, including I’m New Here and Someone New. Her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical workers was the catalyst for a lifelong fascination with and passion for human difference. In addition to creating books, she has spent her life exploring issues of race, culture, representation, and inclusion, including two projects she confounded, I’m Your Neighbor Books and the Diverse BookFinder. Annie lives on Peaks Island with her husband, and is the mother of two grown children, and grandmother of two, all of whom now reside in Maine.
Thursday, August 25, 2022 8:30am
Virtual117 Pleasant StreetConcord NH 03301
New Hampshire Humanities
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.