THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
Children's Book of the Year
It is never too early to talk to children about race. Dear Maxwell is a love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere and a tool for parents to have conversations about being actively anti-racist.
Perfect tool to engage young readers and their families in meaningful conversation!
This book is "wonderfully made!"
It is our responsibility as adults to share information with children at a level they will understand, so that they see that all people, regardless of ability or race are equal. Ms. Hewan does an exceptional job bringing up important topics at a level young children can understand. When we don't have these conversations, we are failing our children and the cost of this failure is too great. Dear Maxwell is a sweet book that tackles some not so sweet issues in an empowering way.
Thank you Ms. Hewan for providing a positive means to start some some thoughtful conversations!
EQUITY AND CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE
The founder of Liberation and Justice, a collective committed to educational equity, culturally responsive practices, and identity affirming spaces. She has served as an educator for over 20 years as a teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, instructional coach, equity specialist, and a central office administrator. As an Equity and Culturally Responsive Educational Specialist, Tara provides professional learning, leadership, coaching support, and works to build the capacity of instructional and operational staff to use culturally responsive pedagogy and strategies that support and enhance student learning. Tara earned her master’s degree from Hampton University with an endorsement in special education and spent many years serving students with special learning needs. She became increasingly interested in the overrepresentation of students of color (and other diverse characteristics) in special education. She became especially interested in the impact that literacy education had on diverse populations. She then earned a post master's graduate certificate in literacy from Shenandoah University and became a Reading Specialist and continued to serve students and families with diverse personal characteristics including race, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. While Tara is a school-based teacher at heart her desire to build capacity and facilitate change in systems increasingly grew. She learned that in order to work toward disrupting systems of oppression she would need a critical understanding of those systems. She soon earned her Administration and Supervision endorsement at George Mason University. Tara has designed and presented equitable learning pedagogy at national conferences and facilitated conversations about race and other forms of marginalization for two local LCPS School Board, the Ad Hoc Committee on Equity, division administrators, school-based administrators, and school teams. She has co-authored children's books with her husband, and is a Cognitive Coaching Agency Trainer. Tara enjoys international travel and resides in Loudoun County with her family.