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The Power of the Read-Aloud: Choosing Books to Promote Diversity and a Safe Space to Explore Complicated Topics

This workshop explores diverse books, including all genres, and educational approaches that can help children and youth develop their global and cultural awareness and responsiveness during the read-aloud experience. Participants will:

  • Think about and discuss the complexities of selecting a text for the read-aloud

  • Generate ideas and resources for selecting texts

  • Explore and read new texts

  • Leave with materials they can use in their classroom to enhance the read-aloud experience for their students


Julie M. Carbaugh is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and has been a Read Clay teacher consultant since summer 2015. She has nine years of teaching experience in elementary education and currently teaches pre-service teachers courses on reading instruction and children's literature at UGA. Carbaugh's research interests include international children's literature, reading instruction, creating global and cultural awareness through read-alouds, and critical literacy.

This workshop is part of the Red Clay Writing Project Saturday Morning Series and is an opportunity for teachers to receive in-depth training on important literacy education issues from teacher consultants who are experienced presenters and experts in their fields.


Cost: $45

Registration and cancellation deadline: Oct. 27

Cancellation and refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.

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