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Grant Winner Support

Julia E. Torres is a veteran language arts teacher and librarian in Denver Public schools.  As a teacher/activist committed to education as a practice of freedom, her practice is grounded in the work of empowering students to use Language Arts to fuel resistance and positive social transformation.


In 2020, Julia was chosen as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, given the 2020 NCTE Colorado Affiliate Teacher of Excellence award and elected to the ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) Board of Directors. Julia facilitates many virtual workshops and professional conversations about anti-bias/anti-racist education, social justice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies in Language Arts, as well as digital literacy and librarianship. Her work as a Book Love Foundation board member allows her to share her knowledge of great books and advocate for the importance of classroom libraries as well as her passion for what librarians and literacy educators can do when they work together.


Julia's writing about literacy education and librarianship has been featured in several publications including NCTE’s Council Chronicle, NPR, AlJazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, NY Times Learning Network, The Chicago Tribune, ASCD’s Education Update, Rethinking Schools, School Library Journal, and many more.

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