Community Reflections

Hear what past institute participants have to say

The 2021 Reverence for Words was by far the most successful remote program I have ever participated in. The facilitation was engaging, warm, and so organized. The guests were incredibly knowledgeable and dynamic and each brought something truly distinct to the experience. The content presented during the institute gave me tools to better connect with and support my students in a variety of ways. For example, I was able to loan the DK Islam Book to a student who asked to learn more about Islamic history beyond what was presented in his textbook. When Ramadan came around ,I felt more empowered and informed while supporting our learners through their fasts. When I met a student who shared a name with a classical Persian poet, I was able to engage in a conversation about his namesake.

 

-Eli Hetko, School Librarian, NYC

Reverence for Words '21

Eli Hetko

I learned a great deal and had a lot of fun. It will be a great way to infuse my teaching - I tend to rely too much on the written word and not enough on multi-modal expression. I have a million ideas going forward. . . thanks for that!

 

-Liz Wilson

Reverence for Words '21

Eli Hetko

This was a formative institute that will affect all areas of my pedagogy and personal life. While diversity is the first stepping point, I truly appreciate the perspective-taking and storytelling element that was presented in such a deep manner so that no matter what, we, as educators, are aware of the depth of the human story and its power to change perspectives and have empathy for one another.

-Mina Leazer

Reverence for Words '21

Eli Hetko