Families and Educators



Livestream event and Q&A on Thursday, August 6 at 3pm ET

Now is the time for change.

Literacy and access to quality education play an irrefutable role in ensuring social justice for all. Our nation’s children are faced with the twin pandemic of Covid-19 and illiteracy. We cannot wait. There is too much at stake for our children.

We ALL have the power to alter the trajectory of children’s lives. Simple, but intentional changes in interactions with our children make all the difference.

Literacy & Justice for All:

The power of diverse stories in pandemic-proof early learning

Thursday, August 6

Learn how to make the most of storytime and develop early literacy skills during this unprecedented twin pandemic of Covid-19 and illiteracy. Here are some of the topics we will explore in this discussion:


We are now offering a ‘certificate of completion’ for your participation in this livestream event! Join us during the livestream for details on how to receive your certificate.

Meet the Panelists:

Deisha Barnett

Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Head of Diversity & Inclusion,
ChooseATL and Metro Atlanta Chamber

Deisha leads the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s strategic focus promoting Atlanta. A recognized expert in diversity and inclusion, Deisha is also charged with driving collaboration and collective impact among the region’s diversity and inclusion leaders, in addition to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts within the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Deisha is also a parent with several years’ experience collaborating with teachers to make the most of her children’s early learning.

Quintin Bostic

Early Literacy Specialist & Course Designer,
Rollins Center for Language and Literacy

Quintin brings his vast experience as a teacher, educational trainer, curriculum developer, diversity and inclusion specialist, and public speaker. Throughout Quintin’s career, he has demanded more research and studies on why “all” stories matter, especially for Black and Brown childrenQuintin received the 2018 Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Leader Award, has been recognized by Georgia State University 40 Under 40 class of 2019, has been featured in several magazines, and was a Miss Nigeria Pageant Keynote Speaker.

Tammy Mullins

Instructional Support Coach with the YMCA Metro Atlanta,
Early Learning Department

Tammy has served as an Instructional Support Coach for 8 years and currently works with teachers of children ages birth through five. She has worked in the field of Early education for over 20 years. She is also the proud wife of a 30 year Navy Veteran, the mother of three amazing daughters, and the grandmother of three energetic boys. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, family vacations, and gardening at home.

Asif E. Jessani

Partner at CCS:
Marketing & Technology

Asif Jessani is a professional volunteer. He currently serves on the ArtWorks Gwinnett and Gwinnett County Public Library Foundation Board of Directors and been volunteering with TEDx Centennial Park Women since its inception in 2012. With a passion for early childhood, he is involved with Gwinnett County’s early learning initiative and is a facilitator for Talk with Me Baby. Additionally, as a part of the Ismaili Muslim community, Asif has been volunteering as a pre-school teacher for the past 21 years and is actively involved with the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States.

This event will be moderated by:

Crystal Gibson, M. Ed

Educational Trainer and Mentor Coach Specialist

Sign Up to Register for this Revolutionary Event

August 6 at 3pm ET

You don’t want to miss this event! You’ll leave the event knowing all about how to use expert strategies such as choosing stories that share diverse perspectives, build empathy, and build literacy.