Teaching Social Justice and Equity in the ELA Classroom

Thu, July 28, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Online event

It IS possible to teach ELA content that challenges students AND social injustice in a meaningful, productive way. A team of researchers and teachers from the University of Delaware Partnership for Public Education will explain the Equity-Focused Quad Text Set approach, which links a research-based instructional framework with young adult texts that have the potential to address vital issues of social justice in an authentic way.

Our research and teaching experiences show that teachers can use Equity-Focused Quad Text Sets as a framework for accomplishing three goals:

  • Promoting literacy, including encouraging robust discussions, building reading volume, and practicing sophisticated, standards-aligned reading, writing, and discussion skills;
  • Teaching content, deepening students’ understanding of ELA concepts, theories, principles, and skills; and
  • Engaging students with issues of social justice.

We will share a free toolkit that includes sample units and text pairings, model several example sets, and share additional supports for educators as they prepare to teach for social justice and equity in ELA. Participants will see how this tool can build literacy skills and engage students in deep learning about social justice, inspiring them to become agents of change.


Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school’s or district’s approval.

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