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The Lawrence History Center is pleased to announce its 2024 Community Symposium
Opening Keynote Speaker:

Lorena Germán

"Textured Teaching in These Times"

What should students be learning in school? How should they be learning? What skills will this learning build to meet the needs of our changing country and world? In this keynote, we will explore these questions by drawing connections, analyzing our educational journeys, and exploring an innovative teaching framework.

Lorena is a three time nationally awarded Dominican American educator focused on anti racist education. She has taught English Language Arts from 6th through 12th grades in both public and private schools, including Lawrence High School, her alma mater.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, PBS, Rethinking Schools, EdWeek, Learning for Justice Magazine, and more. She published The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook, and Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices about curriculum & lesson development focused on social justice. 

She is a Co-Founder of #DisruptTexts through which she encourages teachers to work toward an inclusive ELA curriculum. As Co-Founder and Academic Director at Multicultural Classroom she leads professional development for teachers and creates teaching materials with and for leading literacy organizations. 

Lorena is also the Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. She lives in Tampa, Florida.