Partnership for After School Education

AfterSchool KidzLit®, a project of the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, is an innovative approach to using children’s literature with children participating in afterschool programs.

The KidzLit® curriculum (grades K–8), available at, helps children become better and more motivated readers while helping them improve their understanding of themselves and others using a diverse selection of children’s books.

In this introductory workshop, participants will learn strategies for combining reading aloud and partner reading with group discussions, art and other connection activities using curriculum guides that were created for each book. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the children’s books and curriculum guides developed for AfterSchool KidzLit®.


Tania Ortiz-Ashby

Tania Ortiz-Ashby has worked at PASE since 2005 and is currently both Senior Program Director and Communications Associate. Tania manages training and technical assistance and PASE's College Prep Initiative, and handles PASE's external communications with the afterschool field. Tania has worked in the youth services field for more than twenty years, first as a designer and provider of innovative direct service programs for youth then as director of training for Fresh Youth Initiatives. Tania hol... Read More

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