By Heather Barcan When I was growing up, I thought I was White. Like Amelia Bedilia and Nancy Drew. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jo March, and Margaret Simon. Life experiences taught me otherwise, that the way I see the world and the way the world sees me is nothing like the ways that these … [Read more...] about How Teachers Can Increase the Diversity of Their Reading Curriculum
By Morgan Jackson In recent years, it seems as if every publication, educational organization, and school district has created a diverse reading list. In many ways, they embody Rudine Sims Bishop’s mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. These lists increase the representation of marginalized … [Read more...] about How Librarians and Teachers Can Cultivate Diverse Books That Go Beyond the Trauma Experience
By Gia Ruiz At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was furloughed from my part-time Reference/Youth Services Librarian Job. As the protests started, I kept thinking about how education is activism, and as a librarian, what my part should be. If we are systematically flawed, then we need to … [Read more...] about How To Start a Social Justice Book Club for Educators, Librarians, or Parents
By Cheryl Kim What is project-based learning? At the start of this unprecedented season of shelter-in-place, many parents found themselves having to become teachers overnight. Although there is an abundance of online resources, the amount of information being shared can be daunting. For parents … [Read more...] about Too Many Home Learning Resources? Start Here.
By Gholdy Muhammad Over the past seven years, I have been deeply involved in studying archival documents of the 19th century that chronicled literacy development among Black Americans. I engaged in archeological digs through hundreds of historical documents and literary artifacts, such as … [Read more...] about How to Move Beyond the Common Core and Connect Historical Excellence to Your Classroom