Mirrors of Me: Children Seeing Themselves in Their Literature Conference

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Western Michigan University Bernhard Center
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI

Fee: $20

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A conference to explore the power of multicultural literature in the development of grade-level reading among our children.

Featuring Plenary Presenter:
Dr. Alfred Tatum who is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as the Director of the UIC Reading Clinic, and is the author of Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, Reading For Their Life: (Re)building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males and Fearless Voices: Engaging the Next Generation of African American Male Writers. His expertise has made him a highly sought presenter, researcher and teacher.

Also Featuring:
Mr. Alvin Irby who is Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. Irby is a passionate educator committed to transformative teaching and leadership. His work with Barbershop Books has inspired a national movement to put children’s books in barbershops across America. Irby will be sharing the impact and implications of Barbershop Books.

Major Sponsors:

Michigan Department of Education
Kalamazoo Public Schools


Michigan Association of School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Kalamazoo RESA
Middle Cities Education Association
Reading Now Network

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