This three-day interactive institute is designed for teachers, reading specialists, coaches, librarians, and supervisors. Participants will examine instructional strategies and activities that are designed to increase the older learner's understanding of the cultural tradition and purpose of folklore. Multiple ways to integrate high-quality Young Adult literature to the curriculum will also be presented.
Prof. Chrys Hahn: Deepening Reading Comprehension and Analysis with Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies (Monday morning)
Prof. Georgette VanVliet: New Jersey Student Learning Standards and Lesson Planning (Monday afternoon)
Prof. Margaret Renn: Engaging the Adolescent Learner in Folktales: Visual Literacy and Culturally Relevant Teaching
Dr. Marcia Davis-Dawkins: The Folktale and Fairy Tale -- Reading/Writing Connection
Dr. Ellen Pozzi & Prof. Yvonne Roux: Examining Gender and Culture in Traditional Folk and Fairy Tales.
Tracey Baptiste: Award Winning Author
Tracey Baptiste is the author of the young adult novel Angel’s Grace, which was named one of the 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing in 2005 by New York City public librarians.Her other works include The Jumbies (2015) and Rise of the Jumbies (2017). Both are Junior Library Guild Selections, and received numerous accolades including starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, New York Public Libraries Staff Pick, Brightly's Best Kids Books, We Need Diverse Books "Must Read," named to Bank Street's Best Books, Kirkus Best MG of the year, Publisher's Weekly Best MG of the year, and NPR's end year roundup.