"Born on the Water" Virtual Book Club (for adults). Hosted by District 13's CEC (Community Education Council), Parent Advisory Council, and Superintendent's Office
Mon, May 16 1:31pm

Good Day:

District 13's CEC (Community Education Council), Parent Advisory Council, and Superintendent's Office invite families, caregivers, and staff across the district to the "1619 Project": "Born on the Water" Virtual Book Club (for adults). 

 Join us Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 am via Zoom (link below). Ms. Yolanda Beaton M.S. Ed and Mary Banson (D13 educators) will facilitate. 


"Born on the Water" is a picture book for all ages co-written by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a District 13 parent, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, and creator of the New York Times 1619 Project". "Born on the Water" uses rich poetry and imagery to convey the authentic experiences of Black children and adults prior to and during enslavement. It also celebrates and highlights their cultural traditions and significant contributions to the United States of America.  


During the book club meeting, participants will:

  1. Learn about important ideas related to the "1619 project" and its connection to culturally responsive teaching 
  2. Read and engage in a discussion using the "Born on the Water" text 
  3. Explore strategies to increase comprehension when reading "Born on the Water" and other texts with children 


Learn more about the "1619 Project" here: Nikole Hannah-Jones “The 1619 Project” | The Daily Show - YouTube

Listen to a read aloud of "Born on the Water" here: https://youtu.be/tixz3qQTzIU

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to CEC D13 President Cynthia McKnight at cynthiamcknght@gmail.com. Thank you!

 Zoom information

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87270184346?pwd=aG9jMTc1d2xJZUVqQy9YSFBnUzBqdz09

Meeting ID: 872 7018 4346 

Passcode: 913281


Mary Banson

Special Instructional Liaison District 13

Email: mbanson@schools.nyc.gov

Phone: (413) 407-0463

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