September 2021 #NCTEchat: Latinx Heritage: From a Month of Focus to a Year of Relevance - National Council of Teachers of English
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September 2021 #NCTEchat: Latinx Heritage: From a Month of Focus to a Year of Relevance

Join us on Sunday, September 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET for an #NCTEchat where NCTE member and author David Bowles (@DavidOBowleswill lead a conversation on the importance of Latinx Heritage Month and recognizing it throughout the year.

David Bowles is an associate professor and coordinator of the English education program at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He is the award-winning author and translator of more than two dozen books, among them They Call Me Güero and My Two Border Towns. David joined NCTE in 2017 to network better with Latinx educators and their allies in the fight for children’s literary dignity. He can be contacted through his website:

We will share the following questions during the Twitter chat:

WARM-UP: Reading widely and diversely is vital for student-centered practice. Share your favorite quote from a Latinx author. #LatinxHeritageMonth #NCTEchat [8:04 p.m.]

Q1: #LatinxHeritageMonth spans September 15–October 15. Have you celebrated this month in the past? If so, what tips can you offer to those planning a celebration (virtually or in person)? If not, what ideas do you have for future celebrations? #NCTEchat [8:10 p.m.]

Q2: Representation matters. How do you select texts written by Latinx authors to ensure many voices are represented in your classroom? #NCTEchat [8:18 p.m.]

Q3: Reflecting on our pedagogical practice is invaluable. What professional texts have you been reading that would inform your work around #LatinxHeritageMonth#NCTEchat [8:26 p.m.]

Q4: It’s important that students do more than just read texts by Latinx authors. What type of interactive reading or writing activities do you have planned for your students during #LatinxHeritageMonth? #NCTEchat [8:34 p.m.]

Q5: One month of representation is not enough. How can you use #LatinxHeritageMonth as a springboard to make texts, activities, and family outreach relevant and equitable throughout the year? #NCTEchat [8:42 p.m.]

Q6: @DavidOBowles latest book, My Two Border Towns, deals with transnational communities, refugees, and asylum seekers. Do you ever focus on these often maligned groups? Share strategies you’ve used with students. #NCTEchat [8:50 p.m.]

We hope to see you there! Be sure to join us by using #NCTEchat.

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