Sustaining Our Heartwork

MCTE's Free Webinar Series 2021-2022
MCTE's Commitment to Advance Antiracist Programming

The Michigan Council of Teachers of English invites you to join us for a free webinar series during the 2021-2022 school year. The series will provide K-16 educators with tools to critically evaluate their beliefs, values, and practices and resources to design and enact antiracist pedagogies. All webinars are free and open to the public.

Everyday Advocacy with Cathy Fleischer

Nov 10, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Cathy Fleischer and Everyday Advocacy Ambassador Karen Long, a retired elementary school teacher and TC with the Ohio Writing Project, as we explore the interactive, ongoing, and often messy process of working for change in our local contexts. We’ll talk about teacher expertise and how you can add your voice to the ongoing conversations about teaching, learning, and schooling—and doing so in ways that are smart, safe, savvy, and sustainable. For this one-hour conversation, we’ll focus on ways to name your issue and develop allies. Check out some of this work at, including teacher stories of everyday advocacy in our blog.

Q and A with Author Educator Activist Lorena Germán

March 2, 2022

Lorena Escoto Germán is a Dominican American educator focused on anti-racist and antibias work in education. She earned her master’s degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

Lorena is a two-time nationally awarded educator whose work has been featured in newspapers and journals including The New York Times, NCTE journals, EdWeek, National Writing Project, and Embracing Equity. She is author of The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook

A cofounder of the groups #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom, Lorena is the director of pedagogy at EduColor and Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. Of all her work, Lorena is most dedicated to her roles as wife and mami.

Lorena is the author of Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices.

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Pedagogies of Coalitional Liberation with Rae Oviatt

January 12, 2022


Centering justice in our teaching in contentious times that continue to be strained by an ongoing pandemic is no small task. This workshop honors the good work teachers have been consistently putting in over the last few years with MCTE’s emphasis on racial justice. In response to recent policy changes that challenge conversation of both race and gender(s) in our classrooms, Rae Oviatt will guide participants through the five tenets of Pedagogies of Coalitional Liberation. In this workshop, participants will have many opportunities to write, discuss, and consider what it might mean to take on combining these five tenets into a model of teaching for justice that guides our students to centering their own advocacy issues and provides a platform for their voices, lived experiences, and expertise.

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