COE faculty serve as panelists at school librarian professional development

Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet talks to participants while Dr. Anne Ticknor and Dr. Christy Howard listen.

Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet, right, talks to participants while Dr. Anne Ticknor, left, and Dr. Christy Howard, center, listen.

Several College of Education faculty members participated in a panel discussion about helping school librarians reach underserved populations last month.

They shared their knowledge and expertise about the specific needs of underserved populations and how schools can help librarians meet those needs in school libraries.

This event, called “A Panel Discussion: Reaching Underserved Students in the School Library,” took place on January 28 as part of a Pitt County Schools professional development workshop for school librarians.

According to organizers, providing a safe, welcoming space for every single patron is a vital function of school libraries and integral to students’ lives.

The panel consisted of the following people:

  • Samar Badwan, interim chair, Greenville Human Relations Council
  • Dr. Will Banks, director of the ECU Writing Program
  • Hannah Butler, K-5 lead ESL teacher, Pitt County Schools
  • Dr. Kawanna Bright, assistant professor of Library Science, East Carolina University
  • Dr. Christy Howard, assistant professor of Literacy Studies, East Carolina University
  • Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet, assistant professor of Literacy Studies, East Carolina University
  • Mark Rasdorf, senior associate director for the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, East Carolina University
  • Dr. Anne Ticknor, associate professor of Reading Education, East Carolina University
Panelists post for a photo

All of the panelists pose for a photo at the discussion table.

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