Webinar: Teaching in the Cracks: Using the Three Lenses Framework to Promote Critical Engagement with Global Literature

Thursday, March 7, 2024
2:00pm to 3:00pm (Central Time)
Ayers Institute Webinars


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Join Dr. Jeanne Fain as she explores the reality of many teachers tirelessly grappling with topics of text selection, evaluation, and comprehension under a mandated scripted curriculum. The purpose of this webinar is to examine elements of diversity, quality, and kid appeal to empower teachers to select titles for classrooms through a critical lens and draw upon teachers' knowledge around implementation of global texts with a focus on comprehension and “teaching within the cracks.”

Presenter: Dr. Jeanne Fain, Ph.D.


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Article:  "Teaching in the Cracks: Using the Three Lenses Framework to Promote Comprehension and Critical Engagement with Global Texts" by Jeanne Gilliam Fain. First published: 21 December 2023. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.2273

Book Lists:


Cervetti, G. N., Pardales, M. J., & Damico, J. S. (2001). A tale of differences: Comparing the traditions, perspectives, and educational goals of critical Reading and critical literacy. Reading Online, 4(9). Retrieved: http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=/articles/cerve...

Duke, N. K., Ward, A. E., & Pearson, D. (2021). The science of reading instruction. The Reading Teacher, 74(6), 663–671.

Vasquez, V. M., Janks, H., & Comber, B. (2019). Critically literacy as a way of being and doing. Language Arts, 96(5), 300–311.

Wells, M. S., Morrison, J. D., & Lopez-Robertson, J. (2022). Building critical reading and critical literacy with picturebook analysis. The Reading Teacher, 76(2), 191–200.

Nayberg, Y. (2022). I Hate Borsch! Grand rapids. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Walker, T. E. (2020). Nana Akua Goes to School. Ill. by A. Harrison. Anne Schwartz Books.