K-12 Literacy Conference

S2024, Workshop 8 – Classroom Design for Student Agency: Shifting Power

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Lynsey Burkins has worked for children for the past eighteen years and currently serves third-grade students. She works toward creating antiracist spaces where children feel free, have agency, and know they are loved. She believes books are primary vehicles to help children become freer. She also presents on topics such as using literature to help students make sense of their world and literature as a vehicle to nurture students’ spirit and minds. She received her master’s degree in language, literacy, and culture from The Ohio State University. She is a member of NCTE and the outgoing national chair of NCTE’s Build Your Stack, an initiative that works to build teachers’ expertise in knowing and using quality literature in the classroom.

Franki Sibberson is a literacy leader with over thirty years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher in Ohio. Franki served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is the coauthor of several books, including Beyond Leveled BooksStill Learning to ReadDay-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop, and Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3–8. She currently serves as the Executive Director of SproutFive’s Institute for Professional Learning. Franki also provides leadership and consulting to schools and nonprofits.

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