Presented by John F. Kennedy National Historic Site and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
A conference for teachers of grades 3 - 8 and school librarians.
Thursday, April 3,  8:00am - 3:15pm

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How can literature be used in the classroom to shed light on troubling events in history and in today's world? How can we help students respond creatively to issues of concern and encourage them to believe that they, too, can make a difference? Stories of hope, courage and resilience can offer an inspirational counterbalance -- providing children with examples of people facing difficulties head-on and taking action to make things better. 

This year’s conference features conversations with award-winning authors Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Walter Dean Myers, and Doreen Rappaport, and a plenary session with author/illustrator Suzy Becker whose book Kids Make it Better is inspiring young people to tackle problems and put their solutions into action. 

Workshop sessions will be presented by:

  • Ron Adams, former Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  • Judith Steinbergh, teaching artist and first Poet Laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Katie Smith Milway, author of One Hen and Helen Rosenfeld, Executive Director of One Hen Inc.
  • Mary Ann Cappiello and Erica Thulin Dawes, Lesley University language and literacy faculty
Registration is required for this program.

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