Julia E. Torres & Janet Damon
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Today’s Gathering has pre-recorded sessions (to allow greater flexibility for presenters and tech hosts during the pandemic).
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Julia E. Torres is a member of The Educator Collaborative network. Read her full bio here or request her for consulting or a speaking engagement. Julia is an expert in secondary writing and reading instruction, including accelerated reading and writing instruction for multilingual students and those learning in urban environments. Currently, Julia is a teacher librarian for five schools on the Montbello Campus within the Far Northeast region of Denver Public schools. Across over a decade in education, Julia has taught in small, medium, and large districts, across the Western United States. Her high school teaching career has included teaching freshman English up through advanced courses including World Literature and AP English Literacy and Composition. In 2014, Julia began teaching in the largest (and only urban district in Colorado)—Denver Public Schools. As a teacher at Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello, Julia taught Concurrent Enrollment English classes partnering with Aurora Community College. Julia has also taught Creative Writing and African-American Literature through University of Colorado Denver’s Upward Bound pre-collegiate summer academic institute. Follow her on Twitter @juliaerin80
Janet Damon is the Library Services Specialist for Denver Public Schools supporting library programs around the city. She is also the co-founder of Afros and Books, a collective of librarians of color & LGBTQ+ staff who promote liberation through libraries. Her literacy partnerships include youth athletic leagues, mental health providers, local artists and storytellers, scientists, naturalists, and outdoor education organizations.
Janet centers literacy as a social justice issue and activates the community as both readers and storytellers through projects like Black Dads Storytime, Black to Nature Book Club, and pop-up literacy events across the city. Janet has been recognized by Library Journal as a 2020 Mover and Shaker Change Agent and by Denver Public Schools as a Leadership Lamp Awardee. Janet serves on the Board of Directors for Montbello Organizing Committee working towards holistic health equity, cultural arts, and social justice. In her spare time, she performs with the Intergenerational African Drum and Dance Ensemble with her daughters. Follow her on Twitter @mixxmomma