Join us for a free webinar on Monday, October 23rd from 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT. Penguin Random House Education and Alliant International University have partnered to bring authors and educational leaders together for a two-part webinar series that provides expertise, guidance, and resources to educators seeking to amplify their impacts. Watch the first webinar, The Power of Mindfulness in Education: Let Your Light Shine
The second webinar in our two-part series will feature Javier Zamora, author of Solito, and Simran Jeet Singh, author of The Light We Give (Penguin Adult) and Fauja Singh Keeps Going (Penguin Young Readers), in conversation with Dr. Tatiana Rivadeneyra, Program Director of Teacher Education at Alliant International University. The authors will discuss their learning journeys and how today’s diverse classrooms provide learning opportunities for all students and educators. The discussion will be centered on how educators can create space that supports diversity, encourages students to harness their strengths, and leads to active engagement in learning. In turn, panelists will consider what instruction and learning opportunities allow these new perspectives to occur through the lens of students.
About the Presenters
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was one, and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran Civil War. When he was nine Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Sonoran Desert. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of the war and immigration on his family. Zamora has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Program on Religion & Society and author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life (Riverhead, Penguin Random House). Recognized among TIME Magazine’s sixteen people fighting for a more equal America, he is a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, Senior Adviser on Equity and Inclusion for YSC Consulting, and a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary. Simran is a regular contributor to TIME, CNN, and The Washington Post, a monthly columnist for Religion News Service, and the author of the bestselling children’s book Fauja Singh Keeps Going. He lives with his family in New York City
Dr. Tatiana Rivadeneyra is Program Director of Teacher Education and Assistant Professor at Alliant International University with 24+ years of comprehensive experience in mathematics, educational technology, and research. From Assessment to National Accreditation, she has worked to offer contributions to the field through a range of studies, curriculum and assessment development, departmental and organizational leadership, and other overseeing roles in advancing excellence in education.