Coffee and Conversations: Culturally Relevant Read-Alouds in the Early Grades

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For this month’s Coffee and Conversation, our guests Quintin Bostic and Yvette Manns joined us to talk about our new Culturally Relevant Read-Aloud project. They shared strategies for examining text selection and use, with your students in mind. Quintin and Yvette also offered advice for continually examining you and your students' identities and how this impacts classroom practice.

Quintin Bostic - With a vast amount of experience as a language and literacy content developer, public speaker, equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist, Quintin has built a reputable career in the field of early childhood and elementary education. Quintin's Ph.D. research examines how ideas of race, racism, and power are communicated through children's picturebooks. Quintin also currently serves as the Antiracism Co-Chair for the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

Yvette Manns - As a professional development facilitator, educator, and literacy specialist, Yvette Manns has dedicated more than a decade to improving educational practices in the state of Georgia. Through the years, Yvette has collaborated with hundreds of teachers, administrators, and school district leaders across the state of Georgia through direct coaching, professional development sessions and creating video resources for training. Outside of her work, Yvette is a children’s book author, penning the popular book, HBCU Proud and more forthcoming books. She also creates educational curriculum for children ages 5 – 12 to expose them to HBCUs. Her popular, “ABCs of HBCUs” curriculum was released 6 years ago, through her teaching blog, “The Lit Teacher”. Yvette also serves as a conference facilitator with the National Council of Teachers of English, where she presents on the importance of authentic representation in children’s literature.