K-12 Workshop

Rutgers Center for African Studies

Teaching Africa Through Children’s Books K-12 Teachers’ Workshop

Date: TBA

Update: The 2020 Global Africa symposium events will no longer take place on March 30th-April 4th, 2020. The committee will reschedule the symposium and all of the associated events. Beginning Thursday, March 12, Rutgers events and in-person meetings involving groups larger than 15 participants are canceled through April 15. Guidance related to this policy will be reviewed again by April 1. For more information, see https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/


In keeping with Rutgers Center for African Studies outreach mission to engage with the wider public by raising awareness of the great contributions of Africa and the African Diaspora to world civilizations through their rich cultural heritage, the CAS will hold a one-day K-12 Teachers’ Workshop "Teaching Africa Through Children's Books," as the culminating event of the symposium Translating Africa/Africa in Translation. The workshop will consist of a series of lectures and pedagogical activities in support of curriculum development focused on African visual culture and children’s literature. Presenters will include Brenda Randolph, founder and director of Africa Access, Fatoumata Adelle Barry, MD, writer and reading advocate, and special guest award-winning children’s author and artist Véronique Tadjo [https://veroniquetadjo.com/en/books-for-young-people/]. Teachers--of reading, languages, language arts, literature, geography, social studies, and art--who participate in the workshop will meet the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies, as well as the mandate of the New Jersey Amistad legislation. They will also receive professional development credits and a certificate of attendance from the Center for African Studies.

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Place: The Language Center, 1 Spring Street, Suite 405, downtown New Brunswick

The Workshop has these broad goals:

  • To equip educators with practical strategies and resources for integrating Africa and its diaspora in their schools and classrooms
  • To provide a forum and a network of K-12 educators and scholars in the New Jersey area engaged in bringing Africa and its diaspora in to the school curriculum.

What Do Teachers Get?

  • Expert-led sessions on Africa and African children’s literature
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Lesson plans and other curricular material
  • Lists of useful web sites that provide lesson plans for different grade levels
  • Professional Development Credits and Certificate of Completion 


9:00am-9:30am Welcome Address and Breakfast

9:30am-12:00pm Session I: Lectures and Presentations

12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm Special Guest presentation

1:30pm-2:15pm Session II: Break-out Sessions

2:15pm-2:30pm Closing, Evaluations, Prizes

Registration Instructions - Space is limited.

  1. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 11, 2020. You will be notified of your acceptance by email.
  2. Download the registration form here, fill it out, and send it with a check for $35 made out to Rutgers University with Center for African Studies on the memorandum line.
    OR fill out the online registration form

Please mail check to:

Center for African Studies

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045

Attn.: Teaching Africa Through Children’s Books Workshop/Christine Waithe

For more information, please call (848) 445 – 6638.

Updates will be posted on the CAS website: http://ruafrica.rutgers.edu