Seen but not Heard: ISU's 6th Annual NCTE African American Read-In - National Council of Teachers of English

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Seen but not Heard: ISU’s 6th Annual NCTE African American Read-In

February 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Secondary English Education teacher candidates from Illinois State University–Destiny Dungey, Tamila Williams, Anushree Rayarikar, and Abbey Byrnside–gathered virtually with students from University High School for a two day event exploring the theme “Seen but not Heard” through visual and print-based texts. The goal of this year’s Read-In was not only to make literacy an essential part of Black History Month, but to elevate black experiences.

This year, our central theme was “Seen but not Heard.” Over the course of a tumultuous 2020, many have experienced a sense of voicelessness, caused by the stress of a global pandemic, political unrest, and social isolation. Now more than ever, it is essential to uplift the voices of Black characters, Black authors, and Black stories. In an era where so many are seen but not heard, it is time to listen. This year because of the ongoing pandemic, the Read-In took on a new look. Instead of hosting our Read-In on campus, we divided the Read-In into two separate days. The first asynchronous day was an opportunity to explore texts and ideas as individuals to focus on what we see around us. Then, we returned to class together for a synchronous day, where the goal was to make ourselves and others heard.


February 26, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm