Represent, motivate, activate: How sports narratives can help educators center conversations on race

FEB 23, 2021

In this webinar recording, we'll cover:

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    Understand how sports content is a powerful bridge into work on core academic skills

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    How sports content can be an important tool to approach complex topics that teachers find it challenging to address

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    Why these narratives enable educators to better take on rapidly shifting conversations around race

Speaker Details

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Jennifer Coogan

Chief Content Officer, Newsela

Jennifer Coogan is Chief Content Officer of Newsela, an instructional content platform and one of the fastest-growing startups in K-12 education technology. Jennifer has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Wellesley College. She lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband and two children.

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Monique Jones

Deputy Editor, The Undefeated, ESPN

Monique Jones is a Deputy Editor for ESPN’s The Undefeated, running the day-to-day of the website dedicated to the intersection of race, sports and culture. Monique’s 20-year career as a reporter and editor includes time as a sports reporter at The Dallas Morning News, New England Patriots reporter for The Boston Globe and NFL editor at USA Today. She joined ESPN in 2015 as an NFL editor and transitioned to running’s Major League Baseball coverage before joining The Undefeated.

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Lima Abdullah

Executive Editor of Social Studies and News, Newsela

Halimah Abdullah is the Executive Editor of Social Studies and News at Newsela. She is an award-winning, veteran national political journalist who has headed up online Washington coverage for ABC News and online government coverage for NBC News. She’s also served as a Washington correspondent for McClatchy newspapers and also written for the Dallas Morning News, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Newsday, CNN,,,, and The New York Times, among other publications. Abdullah has also taught at Brooklyn College, John Jay College, the University of Maryland, American University and the University of the District of Columbia

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