Episode 31 | Reading for Self w/ Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul & Lorena Germán

In this episode of Our Classroom, Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul invites Lorena Germán to join her in one of the RedClayEd Community Conversations. As we transition from summer fun and flexibility, Sonja challenges the audience to consider the following themes:

  • Nourishment
  • Rejuvenation 
  • Preparation 
  • Anticipation 

Reflection Questions

  1. How are we feeding ourselves physically, spiritually, emotionally?
  2. How are we restoring ourselves with new ideas and ways of moving through the world?
  3. How are we readying ourselves for all that we hope to accomplish, both personally and professionally?
  4. How are we reenergizing ourselves about the future and the possibilities ahead?

Key Takeaways 

About Our Guests

Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul is the adapter of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Stamped (For Kids). She is an educator, author, founder of Red Clay Educators, and co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. She is the host of The Black Creators Series, an education-focused platform that highlights the work of Black authors and illustrators. Sonja provides professional development for schools and organizations on advancing the work of antiracism and equity. Follow Sonja @redclayed

Lorena Germán is a two time nationally awarded Dominican American educator focused on anti racist and anti bias education. She has taught English Language Arts from 6th through 12th grades in both public and private schools. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NCTE’s journals, ASCD, and more. She’s a co-founder of #DisruptTexts through which she encourages teachers to work toward an inclusive ELA curriculum. As Co-Founder and Academic Director at Multicultural Classroom she leads professional development for teachers and creates teaching materials with and for leading literacy organizations. Lorena is also the Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. She lives in Tampa, Florida.

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