Date(s) - Sunday, December 20th
3:00 pm CST - 4:00 pm CST
Join Rona Wolfe, master educator and creator of curricula around social justice, as she leads Social Justice Story Time in celebration of the special exhibit, Luba Lukova: Designing Justice. Each session will engage children of all ages in thoughtful discussions about important issues like racial justice, immigration, and the environment. We will also hear from representatives close to the issues, sharing their personal experiences.
In October, Wolfe will lead a discussion on the idea of Racial Justice and Taking Action.
November’s session will be focused on A Welcoming Table: Thinking About Native, Refugee, and Immigrant Experiences.
In December, children will learn about Loving Our Earth, Protecting Our World.
Register to get access to the Zoom session.
This program is free and open to the public.
Please consider donating whatever amount you can to support the Museum’s mission.
Recommended Social Justice Books: Use these books to engage children of all ages in thoughtful discussions about important issues like racial justice, immigration, and the environment. Want to buy some of the books we will be reading during Social Justice Story Time? Get them from JMM’s Online Store. Shipping or curbside pick up available.
Sponsored by Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, Tikkun Ha-Ir, Hours Against Hate and Milwaukee with Kids. In collaboration with PJ Library. In connection with Luba Lukova: Designing Justice, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, September 17 – January 31, 2020.
Image: Ecology, 2008, Art © Luba Lukova
About Rona Kader Wolfe
Rona Kader Wolfe has been a kindergarten teacher for 28 years. She earned her degree in early childhood and elementary education from University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently working towards a Master’s of Science in Community Engagement and Education. In her time as an educator, Rona has served both Milwaukee’s Indigenous community and its Jewish community as a kindergarten teacher at the Indian Community School and currently at Milwaukee Jewish Day School.
In her summer months, Rona works for Milwaukee Public Library’s Super Reader program. Through this role, she visits city schools and works with educators to enrich their reading curriculum. As an educator, Rona recognizes the need to form connections across communities in Milwaukee. Centered in social-emotional learning, she builds her classroom curriculum around empathy and diversity inclusion.
Partnering with Milwaukee’s refugee community, her kindergarten forms lasting relationships with refugee students of all ages and their families. Her class has also developed relationships with kindergarten students at Indian Community School, high school students at Milwaukee’s Riverside High School, and students at Cardinal Stritch University, to name a few. These relationships are nurtured through kindness to others, building friendships, and hearing each other’s stories.
Rona also coordinates a Social Justice Story Time, both in person and virtually, inviting guest readers from diverse communities to tell their own stories and lead action-based discussions. Rona’s goal is to empower her students and families with an understanding and celebration of differences while recognizing the similarities and connections we all share. Rona has presented her curriculum, Knowing the Souls of Strangers, at ASCD’s Annual Empower Conference, ASCD’s Illinois Kindergarten Conference and at NAEYC’s Annual Conference.
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