Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Virtual Days will include both synchronous and asynchronous activities to accommodate individual schedules and multiple timezones. 

Day 1 (virtual) – Activities for cohort community building; initial readings and conversations about multilingualism and intercultural communication in the elementary classroom.

Day 2 (virtual) – Introduction to psychological research about how children see race.

Day 3 (virtual) –  A morning synchronous workshop with guest author Raúl the Third on the world of ¡Vamos! and bilingualism in children’s books. Additional readings will provide context for facilitating cross-cultural conversations for young learners.

Day 4  (virtual) –  Participants will build knowledge around the landscape of young children’s literature, including readings from Reading While White, Embrace Race, and Learning for Justice. Day will include virtual meetings with authors and illustrators of the multilingual picture book Daniel and Ismail. This interactive panel will feature guest author Juan Pablo Iglesias and illustrator Alex Peris (based in Chile), Randa Sayegh (Arabic translator, based in Jordan), Eliezer Nowodworski (Hebrew translator, based in Israel), and Ilan Stavans (English translator, based in Massachusetts).

Day 5  (virtual) – Introduction to Social Emotional Learning through an equity lens within the context of core cognitive domains (e.g. reading, writing). We will learn about the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the standardization of its “core competencies” within the context of equity.


Day 6 (in-person) – Our day will begin at the Bates College library with an introduction to the Diverse Book Finder website and physical collection at Bates College Ladd Library. After lunch, guest scholar Margy Burns Knight will offer a workshop on applying visual thinking strategies to the picture book. Our day will conclude with unstructured time with the DBF physical collection, allowing for individual exploration of titles, development of take-home resources and informal socialization.

Day 7 (in-person) – We will spend the day immersed in the world of esteemed Maine artist and children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, including time with original works from the Bates College Museum of Art. Through hands-on exploration, teachers will practice using narrative and material objects in class design.

Day 8  (in-person) – Guest scholar Ilan Stavans will facilitate a workshop on multilingual and transnational children’s picture books with a focus on the children’s imprint Yonder Books. The group will take a van from Bates to Brunswick (30 minute drive) in time for a lunch on the town mall (summer offers many reasonable food truck options with space to gather as a group outdoors). Our afternoon session will be hosted at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art discussing Barbara Cooney and Chuzo Tamotzu illustrations.

Day 9 (in-person) – Readalouds, storytime theater and activities for translation will comprise the major experiential learning topics for day nine, led by guest scholar Barbara Fuchs. Our teacher partner Yaritza Moreno will help facilitate pre-work and post-work for our time with Fuchs, attending to how these strategies help elementary students build skills to succeed in second language learning environments in middle and high school.

Day 10 (in-person) – Morning workshop with guest educator Kirsten Cappy from I’m Your Neighbor Books, drawing on a collection of picturebooks on immigration, welcoming and belonging. Aronson, Boyle and Moreno will facilitate a session on curating home classroom libraries, and concluding exercises.