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Welcome to the 2022 State of Maryland Literacy Association Conference. This is Maryland’s 50th annual conference!  The three day event is packed with exciting opportunities for professional development, networking, and examining exemplary materials for classroom use. This conference is intended for a wide-range of audiences including classroom teachers, reading specialists, special educators, curriculum specialists, administrators, and other educators. There is a variety of high caliber speakers, researchers, practitioners, publishers, and authors that are presenting throughout the conference, as well as the pre-conference "Session Saturday" presentations. You may apply for CPD credit through MDSE by filling out this form.  To qualify, you must have attended 15 hours total.  This includes time you spent engaged in "Session Saturday" presentations.  Please fill out all of the information.  Incomplete requests will not be filled.  Requests will be cross referenced with attendance from "Session Saturday" presentations and on the weekend of March 31-April 2nd 2022.   If you participated for the required hours, you will receive a credit. Please be patient, you will receive your form.

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Saturday, April 2 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Beginning with Us: Leveraging Identity Work as a Pathway to Meaning Making

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Drawing from Sara's books, Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry (co-authored with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels), participants will learn to center identity, and leverage the social skills and habits necessary to examine real issues by participating in relevant reading, listening and writing provocations. We will spend time unpacking social comprehension principles: exploring personal identities, listening actively, being candid, becoming better informed, finding humanity in ourselves and others, and facing crises together. 
Together, we will focus specifically on our social identities and those of the young people we gather with each day.

Speakers
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Sara Ahmed

Heinemann, Catherine Cook School, Keynote and Featured Speaker
Sara K. Ahmed currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Integration and 5th-grade advisor at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. She has taught and coached in city, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students consider... Read More →



Saturday April 2, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Keynote