June 20, 2022
Season 3, Episode 8:
Many educators are tired of the pendulum swinging so often when it comes to reading instruction. And while this fatigue is understandable, the low reading rates of so many children demand continued attention. In fact, many argue that it is the social justice issue of our time. Kareem Weaver would agree and has spent most of his career fighting for a student’s right to read. He has learned many lessons on how to cut through the polarization and grow a coalition of leaders who are fighting for the same cause. Find out Kareem’s groundbreaking insights on what he calls “full and complete reading”, leader development, the hidden chasm between educators and students, and steps to end the reading wars once and for all.
A teacher, principal, community organizer, and advocate, Kareem has dedicated his life to improving societal access to those farthest from opportunity. After a near-death experience, he shifted the timeline of his goals and urgently began the quest to ensure literacy was accessible for all. He's a husband, father, teacher, and Morehouse man committed to the idea that literacy is the gateway to freedom.
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine. Peter has traveled the world, developing content, visiting school sites, influencing policy, and presenting with John Hattie. He has worked with educators at schools, districts, educational service centers, and educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officials. His presentations focus on school leadership, school climate, as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.
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