Cultivating Genius and Joy with Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad

Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad will be a keynote speaker for this year’s Maker Ed Convening. We can’t wait for her to share her incredible work and thinking! Her keynote address is entitled Cultivating Genius and Joy. Are you registered yet? You won’t want to miss this incredible learning opportunity. 

Dr. Muhammad is currently an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University and also leads the GSU Urban Literacy Collaborative & Clinic. With foundational experience as a classroom teacher, district administrator, and instructional designer, Dr. Muhammad focuses on the ways in which education is framed and perceived today, with particular emphasis on literacy education and Black communities.

In her keynote, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad will offer a unique, culturally and historically responsive approach toward the goal of genius and joy. This approach is essential for all students, especially youth of color, who traditionally have been marginalized in learning standards, policies, and school practices. The equity framework will help educators teach toward the following learning goals:

  • Identity Development: Helping youth to make sense of who they are and others
  • Literacy Skill Development: Developing proficiencies across the content areas
  • Intellectual Development: Gaining knowledge through literacy practices
  • Criticality: Developing the ability to read texts (including print and social contexts) to understand power, equity, and anti-oppression
  • Joy! Helping youth to see the joy in themselves and others

Participants will be encouraged and motivated to be more inclusive in their teaching of these five collective pursuits while learning the importance of integrating cultural, racial, and historical responsiveness into their learning goals, lesson plans, and the texts they use to teach. Additionally, participants will see sample lessons across grade levels. 

Dr. Muhammad’s work is practical, grounded, and critical for today’s conversations about learning and teaching. Her perspectives bring an important lens to how we conceive of making and maker education, particularly with regard to its origins, the skills developed in the process of making, and the ways in which we celebrate historical and cultural practices of all communities, but especially of communities of color. She recently published Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy and has been highlighted in Historically Responsive Literacy: A More Complete Education for All Students, a Good Morning America (GMA) feature on teaching Black history and anti-racism, and a panel conversation on Abolitionist Teaching.

We’re so excited to be able to share her work with maker educators, and hope that you will join us to learn from her at the Convening!

Learn more about our annual gathering, which will take place virtually on October 2–3, 2020:

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