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Reading Diverse Text In School Spaces Enroll Free

COLUMBUS, OHIO, AUGUST 30, 2021 – WOSU Classroom is providing a virtual webinar series for grade school teachers and educational leaders that explores the use of diverse texts in school spaces. Registration for the 4-part series is free at

“Diverse books allow our students to see themselves while at the same time enlighten other readers of the truths about lives they don’t live,” said Amy Palermo, chief content director, WOSU Classroom. “Participants will complete the series with more knowledge of and confidence in using diverse books to support their educational practices.”

Reading Diverse Text In School Spaces course details:

  • Session 1: Understanding the Role of Self
    Thursday, October 14 | 7:00–7:45pm
    Speaker: Arianna Howard, BS, M.Ed, PhD
  • Session 2: The Book and I
    Thursday, October 21 | 7:00–7:45pm
    Speaker: Samantha Stewart, BS, M.Ed, PhD
  • Session 3: Responding to Resistance & Discomfort
    Thursday, October 28 | 7:00–7:45pm
    Speaker: Arianna Howard, BS, M.Ed, PhD
  • Session 4: Leadership Toolkit
    Thursday, November 4 | 7:00–7:45pm
    Speakers: Arianna Howard, BS, M.Ed, PhD and Samantha Stewart, BS, M.Ed, PhD


About the Speakers


Dr. Ariana Howard

Dr. Arianna Howard is a master trainer and leading cultural diversity expert. She possesses varied educational experience over her 15-year career. Her consulting firm, Plant-A-Seed Educational Consulting, facilitates anti-racist, trauma-informed, culturally responsive strategic plans with school leaders, focusing on the creation of equitable school environments.



Dr. Samantha StewartDr. Samantha Stewart specializes in literature for children and young adults. With over 10 years of experience, she focuses on the use of multicultural/anti-racist children literature in classroom spaces. Dr. Stewart holds three degrees from The Ohio State University, including a bachelors in human development and family studies, a Master’s of Education, and a doctorate of philosophy with a specialization in literature for children and young adults.


About WOSU Classroom

WOSU Classroom, a part of WOSU Public Media, offers a wide variety of in-person and online professional learning opportunities suitable for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. Courses are offered for educators wishing to extend their knowledge and experience with technology integration. Learn more at


About WOSU Public Media

The mission of WOSU Public Media is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. An NPR and PBS affiliate licensed by The Ohio State University, WOSU is a noncommercial multimedia organization serving over two million citizens in Central Ohio through broadcast, digital, programming, public engagement and education experiences. Learn more at