As the COVID-19 pandemic led to schools moving to online platforms, I launched Tell-a-Tale, a livestreamed, biweekly read-aloud program for children. I designed and implemented each episode to include diverse children’s literature, followed by an artistic response, and finally a discussion about issues of equity and justice. Applying public pedagogy as a theoretical construct, I used this platform to create a space of “public intellectualism and social activism” (Sandlin, O’Malley, Burdick, 2011, p. 338). In this paper I will describe how I used “the pandemic as a portal” (Roy, 2020) to make space for historically marginalized stories and voices take center-stage.

Author Biography

Ayesha Rabadi-Raol, Ed.D

Ayesha Rabadi-Raol, Ed.D., is an early childhood teacher educator. She has been an early childhood educator in India, the US, and Canada for over 19 years. Her research focuses on issues of equity and justice in early childhood education and teacher education, attending to how immigrant and transnational students and teachers are positioned by educational institutions.



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