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On Saturday, February 6, 2021 we will host the 3rd Annual Powerful Learners Conference as a virtual event, focused on how we can reenergize, reconnect and refresh as educators to keep students feeling safe and supported in this most unusual time. Together, we will build capacity in our schools and community spaces for honoring the unique needs and gifts of our students, setting the stage for them to thrive and break cycles of structural inequity.

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Saturday, February 6 • 1:10pm - 1:55pm
Culturally Authentic Read Alouds and Literature Circles

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It is a misconception that read alouds are for primary school children only. In fact, this simple
practice is a great equalizer for all learners across all grade levels. Reading aloud targets the
skills of auditory learners, establishes a basis for discourse, and motivates students to read
independently. Through read alouds, students learn how to use language to make sense of the
world, improve their information processing skills, are exposed to new vocabulary, and are
guided through comprehension.

More specifically, when read alouds consist of culturally authentic literature, benefits are seen
both academically and personally. Through this genre, students find relatable themes; and
because they are happening to the character, students become more comfortable discussing
issues as they arise. Reading aloud culturally authentic literature promotes self-awareness,
diversity, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging. Students lived experiences are not only seen and
heard through this genre, they are also invited into the classroom space.

As we read this genre aloud to students, they are encouraged to share their connections, listen
to other perspectives, and engage in discourse that deepens their understanding of themselves
and the world. And soon, by establishing a foundation of discourse and community through
read louds, moving into literatures circles with similar expectations and guidelines becomes a

Overview of Agenda –
- Listen to a culturally authentic read aloud
- Participate in an ice breaker activity connected to the read aloud
- Discuss themes of the read aloud text
- Define Culturally Authentic Literature
- Learn about and review benefits of read clouds for all ages
- Review literature Circles
- Explore a list of culturally authentic read alouds and chapter books for literature circles

Participants will:
- Listen to a culturally authentic text and participate in discourse with the purpose of
defining and understanding this genre
- Review the benefits of reading aloud to all students in all grades and establish a need
for this practice
- Be exposed to a list of culturally authentic texts for read alouds and literature circles

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Amalia Medina-Glover

Educator & Adjunct Faculty, PAUSD and SFSU
Amalia MedinaGlover has worked in primary education for 12-plus years. She is currently teaching 1st grade with PAUSD. In addition to this, Amalia is an adjunct faculty member with San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. There she facilitates courses in... Read More →

Saturday February 6, 2021 1:10pm - 1:55pm PST

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