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Social Justice Curriculum Fair Program

May 18th, 2024 | 1:00-3:00 pm

Cal Poly School of Education


12:15-1:00 pm: Lunch Provided by Efren’s Restaurant

1:00-2:55 pm: Poster Sessions in Room 126, 127, 101

2:55-3:00pm: Closing Remarks & Book Drawing

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Poster Presentations in Room 126

Poster Sessions in Room 127

Virtual Poster Presentations in Room 101

Poster Presentations In Room 126

  1. Culturally Relevant Book Clubs In AVID

Mary Ellen Mosley (she/her/hers), Master’s Degree Candidate

This poster will provide attendees with a book club style unit that provides students with more culturally relevant books. Teachers will be provided with resources to help guide student-led book clubs, templates for weekly checks, and a final project where students brainstorm ideas of social action and change.

2. Shakespeare and Social Justice Education

Laura Maranta and Elizabeth Gentile (she/her/hers), Master’s Degree Candidates

Resources and ideas for teaching Shakespeare to high schoolers in a culturally relevant way. Teachers will be provided with resources to examine why they teach Shakespeare today and how their curriculum can connect to their students' lives and provide an opportunity for critical analysis of canonical works.

3. Representando Nuestra Identidad

Daniel Medina (he/him/his), Cynthia Zamora (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject Candidates/TIER Residents

The need and importance of selecting authentic multicultural children's books to serve as mirrors and windows of different cultures. Books will focus on affirming student's linguistic identities (for lower elementary grades).

4. Body positivity in children literature

Allison Dodd and Mac Bruce, Multiple Subject Credential Candidates

Comparing children books that depict body positivity. Highlighting a book that can be harmful for elementary school students and provide other alternatives for books that share the same message but more inclusive.

5. Using Restorative Circles to Build Leadership and Community in Middle Schoolers

Maggie Schiltz (she/her/hers), Master’s Degree Candidate

This poster presentation will provide attendees with an example of how to implement restorative circles in a middle school leadership class by presenting a possible implementation process, example discussion questions, and student insights on impact through their feedback.

6. The Power of Discovering and Championing Students' Stories

Keegan O'Sullivan, (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject & SABE Candidate

Opportunities for meaningful relationships are everywhere. Learn the story of how a 5 minute walking commute turned into the grounds for deep knowing and acknowledgement of an emergent bilingual kindergarten student.

7. Latinx representation in children’s book catalog

Evelyn Mendoza and Natali Mendoza, (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject & SABE Candidates

The poster will have a brief synopsis of why we chose this topic and the purpose of our project. It will include a few examples of representative and celebratory literature for the Latinx community. It will also include a QR code which can be scanned and will give access to the slideshow catalog.

8. Behind The Cabinet: Indigenous Representation In Children's Literature

Lucien Beyea (he/him/his), Multiple Subject Credential Candidate

"Behind The Cabinet" provides a closer look at Lynne Reid Banks' 1980 novel, "The Indian In The Cupboard," and the misrepresentation of indigenous cultures in western literature. The poster presentation will highlight key examples of misrepresentation from the novel, examine the true histories of indigenous cultures referenced in the story, and offer glimpses of other literary works that give a more accurate representation of Native American history.

9. Water, Water Everywhere: A 5th Grade Social Justice Unit on Water Use & Access across the Earth

Holly Howarth (she/her/hers), Master’s Degree Candidate

This unit leverages fifth-grade science concepts with a social justice lens to help students develop an understanding of how there is a limited amount of clean freshwater on Earth and how different communities across the globe have varying access to this resource. Students will learn about ways water is used and preserved in their own community and understand various aspects of the global water crisis. The unit culminates with an authentic assessment where students work in groups to choose how to take action.

10. Who We Are: Exploring Identity in Our Classroom

Cassandra Victor, (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject & SABE Candidate

Through activities such as creating identity maps and bio bag reveals, students will uncover what makes them special and learn to appreciate the diverse identities of their peers. From family traditions to cultural heritage, from gender identity to language spoken at home, students will explore various aspects of their identities in a safe and supportive environment.

Poster Presentations In Room 127

11. Planning for Bilingual Students in Special Education

Maria Melchor & Kayla Stitt, (she/her/hers), Master’s Candidates & SABE Candidate

This poster examines how educators can plan for Bilingual Students in Special Education and General Education settings.

12. Dual Immersion Program for Lucia Mar Unified School District

Katie Sinclair (she/her/hers), Greg Flores (he/him/his), Multiple Subject & SABE Candidates

A proposal to implement an English-Spanish Dual Immersion program in Lucia Mar Unified School District.

13. Building Multilingual Thinking Classrooms

Cameron Holmes (he/him//his), In-service K-12 Teacher & SABE Candidates

Building Thinking Classrooms by Peter Liljedahl is an amazing resource on how to get students out of their seats and into mathematical conversations with their peers. This poster will share some quick tips for teachers to start implementing now with a focus on how to adapt this resource to multilingual classrooms. There are a couple of small changes I have implemented to the author's framework to best support my emergent bilingual students.

14. Homelessness Awareness: Empowering Students and Advocating for Equity

Brenda Elvia Lopez (she/her/hers), Single Subject Candidates/TIER Resident, Michelle Maldonado (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject Candidate/TIER Resident

This poster will shed light on resources for families experiencing homelessness, covering housing options, students' rights to school access, food, academic support, and a homeless liaison. Our goal is to raise awareness, provide practical information, and support students facing housing insecurity.

15. Empowering Young Voices: Ensuring Language Equity in Elementary Education Poster

Araceli Camarillo and Jackie Quintana, (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject Candidates/TIER Residents

This poster explores effective strategies to ensure language equity in elementary classrooms, empowering all students to actively participate and reach their full potential.

16. Empowering Multilingual Students: Embracing Identity, Culture, and Linguistic Strengths in K-6 Education

Ramon Gutierrez (he/his/him), Cassandra Victor (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject & SABE Candidates

This poster presentation will offer insights and strategies for embracing and empowering multilingual students by celebrating their diverse identities, cultures, and linguistic strengths within the K-12 classroom.

17. Learning English by Leveraging and Valuing Multilingualism in the Newcomer Classroom

Erika Perez (she/her/hers) & Juan Vergara (he/his/him), Master’s Candidates

This presentation will be used to provide teachers with different instructional strategies used in a culturally responsive way to assist newcomer students with their language acquisition.

18. Teaching About Equitable Access to Healthy Food Through Third-grade Mathematics

Hayley Greenblatt, (she/her/hers), Master’s Candidate

This poster shows a lesson segment taught in my classroom where students researched the benefits and importance of healthy food and examined the current nutritional facts for four of the breakfasts they are served. They then created a new menu with different items containing less sugar and more protein than what they are currently served, and calculated the cost of this new menu for the whole school.

19. Language Acquisition in High School for ELL Students

Bili Chavez,(they/them/theirs), Undergraduate Student

This poster will mostly focus on the importance of language acquisition and comprehension being used simultaneously in classrooms and how shifting the focus on learning English to material comprehension can further promote educational advancements in ELD classrooms. I will be mainly using my student observations as the evidence of my claim and I will also be talking about the benefits of striving away from learning English as being the ultimate goal in ELD classrooms.

20. Latinos & Agricultura

Sujhey Rosas (she/her/hers) Agriculture Credential & SABE Candidate

This poster is to provide data and insight into the current involvement of Latinx students and staff in agriculture courses.This information is both at the high school and higher education level.

21. Teaching About Palestine

Angella Montano Zepeda (she/her/hers), Multiple Subject & SABE Candidate, and Erika Rohlfes, (she/her/hers), Liberal Studies Student

This poster illustrates how K-12 educators can teach about Palestinian culture and identity through picture books, symbolism and activities that center joy and resistance .

Virtual Poster Sessions & Interactive Feedback Room 101

In this room, participants can view virtual poster sessions (see titles and description below) and engage with a collaborative feedback station. Leave a note sharing your insights, resources and next steps!

Click here to view presentations

22. Fairness in Frames: Understanding Bias and Racism in the Media

Diana Powning, (she/her/hers), Master’s Candidate

The emerging issues involving race and understanding of cultures are all around our students. This presentation provides a two week lesson plan and hyperdoc of assignments. The lessons discuss racism, bias, and stereotypes in the media. Our students are continually receiving more information through all media forms. This lesson is designed to help them understand how the media can negatively affect the way we view others, and how they should critically think about what they read or watch on different media formats.

23. Climate Change Through an Environmental Justice Focus

Paige Shelton Reynolds, Master’s Candidate

Attendees will learn about the importance of teaching and applying climate change to social justice and pedagogies. Attendees will be given a lesson plan and activities that focus on an authentic assessment about climate change and environmental justice that can be tailed to various grade levels.