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FREE Social Justice Education with Illustrated Books

Picture books provide a diverse and abundantly rich resource for teaching social justice in primary grades through high school. In this class, we’ll look at books that honor the courage, resilience and humanity of people who have fought and continue to fight for social justice. We’ll explore books that address the consequences of war for young people, current concerns connected to asylum seekers, immigration, and racial justice—and we’ll discuss how to speak about them for the purpose of widening global understandings, increasing awareness and compassion, and inspiring young people to shape a more just and humane world.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Merna Ann Hecht

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 04/10/2021

No Class On: 4/17/2021

End Date: 04/24/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 98

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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Ann Hecht, poet, essayist and nationally known storyteller is a teaching artist and founder of a Refugee & Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project. A recipient of 4 Culture and other artist grants, she is a former children’s librarian with an extensive background using literature for promoting peace and diversity education.

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