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Learn more about Facing History's All Community Read.
Join us for a workshop to support two books by disability justice warrior, Judith Heumann -- Being Heumann: Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, and the edition adapted for young readers, Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution. Both texts lend themselves to interdisciplinary connections between literature and pivotal moments in US history, and could quite possibly change the way you think about teaching for equity and justice.
Using Judy Heumann’s story as a lens to explore identity, membership, belonging, and agency, participants will examine factors such as individual choices, society, universe of obligation, opportunity, and power. This workshop will include ways to heighten student engagement in a time where interest levels can be challenging to reach. Teachers may explore the ways in which their classrooms contribute to the identities and agency of their students and how their own identity is shaped by their teaching and their students.
This event will not be recorded.
After this workshop you will:
- Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools.
- Receive an invitation to participate with your students in a virtual author speaker event on March 1, 2023 with Judith Heumann.
This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers of English Language Arts, humanities, social studies, and Special Education. We also welcome community members who plan to facilitate these books in other non-school environments.
“Change never happens at the pace we think it should. It happens over years of people joining together, strategizing, sharing, and pulling all the levers they possibly can. Gradually, excruciatingly slowly, things start to happen, and then suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, something will tip.” - Judith Heumann
Facing History & Ourselves’ 2022-23 All Community Read will be a collective journey of transformation. We will engage in conversation around the young adult and adult versions of Judith Heumann’s memoirs. Heumann, one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history, shares her personal story of fighting for her right - and the rights of all people with disabilities - to receive an education, secure employment, and be recognized as fully human.