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Title: The Importance of Inclusive Literature

Date: Friday, April 28th, 2023, 3:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern Time


Description: Imagine a world where all young children feel valued and accepted, where they feel part of a community as they learn and grow together. Practitioners have the agency to empower young children and their families to engage in rigorous discourse that will lead to understanding and acceptance. By having practitioners think critically about which texts are incorporated into their teaching, classrooms and homes, they are choosing the lenses through which young children see the world.  



1. Review the need for inclusive literature in every classroom and become familiar with a broad range of inclusive texts as Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop says that “Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.”

2. Gain knowledge, skills, and application to critically select diverse texts.

3. Build capacity to meet the needs of diverse and inclusive populations ensuring that all young children and families of diverse identities, backgrounds, lifestyles, values, and beliefs are included.


This virtual event will be presented as a live and recorded webinar. Registrants will receive the recording following the event. 


Presenters: Mariah Pfundheller, Special Education Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens and Jacqueline Liesch, Information Specialist - Department of Defense Education Activity 


MARIAH PFUNDHELLER is a Special Education Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. She teaches novice special education and early childhood special education teachers. She is an Ed.D. student in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with an anticipated graduation date of May 2024. Many educational concerns connect her to her target audience. Choosing careers in education, staff want to guide and improve the lives and education of their future students, because classrooms are becoming more and more diverse, educational leaders are concerned with meeting the various and diverse students’ needs.


As a teacher and library media specialist, JACQUELINE LIESCH has worked with students and staff from PK-12. Working domestically and internationally in formal and informal experiences has strengthened her commitment to connecting students worldwide. An active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), she enjoys collaborating with fellow educators around the world. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, library media licensure from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her current role is an Information Specialist for the Department of Defense Education Activity. She is an Ed.D. student in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with an anticipated graduation date of May 2024. 

The Importance of Inclusive Literature

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