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Language Arts Podcasts--"Conversation Currents," January 2016

The NCTE Language Arts podcast, "Conversation Currents," presents interviews with noted educators discussing current research and practice in the language arts.

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Conversation Currents: On Stories and Revolutions with Brian Williams and Deborah Wiles (27:04)

In this video Conversation Currents for the January 2016 issue of Language Arts, Brian Williams, expert in cultural relevancy, and children´s book author Deborah Wiles discuss making the multidimensional nature of history available to young readers and the affordances of multigenre texts in allowing different perspectives to sit side by side.

Brian Williams is director of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at  Georgia State University. For over 20 years, he has worked in schools and other communities on issues of equity related to race, ethnicity, culture, and class, particularly in urban settings. Dr. Williams’s  work has been published in a variety of journals, including Democracy and Education, School and Community Journal, Negro Ed Review, and International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Deborah Wiles is the author of two picture-books and four middle-grade novels. She has received multiple awards, including National Book Award Finalist, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and the PEN/Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. A few of  the many award lists on which her books can be found are the National Book Award Finalist Lists for both Each Little Bird That  Sings and Revolution, and the Coretta Scott  King/Steptoe award for illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue’s work in Freedom Summer.

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