The following titles in this post build student identity, engagement, and literacy practice in classrooms.
How can these ideas be transferred to libraries and community literacy programs?
Both books by Prof. Muhammad and Educator Escoto Germán provide methods literacy advocates and librarians can use to connect young people's cultural identities to history and center children's voices in the literacy and learning process.
Librarians can also use these titles to enhance outreach and relationship building with diverse patrons. Both books can provide strategies to ground diverse programming and collection building.
What were some of the things you've picked up and used from these books in your practice.
Muhammad, Gholdy, Love, Bettina L., writer of foreword, and Scholastic Inc., publisher. Cultivating Genius : an Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc., 2020. Print.
Germán, Lorena Escoto, and Paris, Django, writer of foreword. Textured Teaching : a Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2021. Print.
The following two resources featured reflect where education is at this very moment--reckoning with anti-Blackness, the fear and censoring of anti-racist curriculum and instruction, as well as, cultural responsiveness and sustainability practices in education.
What ties the two books is the theme of authentically connecting with students.
'Teaching for Black Lives' using instruction activities, essays, and art, to help educators humanize Black students. This is done by creating opportunities to connect with students through curriculum, teaching, and policy, while also affirming student and collective activism in educational spaces.
Edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au, 'Teaching for Black Lives' was published in 2018 and is more relevant today for educators in understanding barriers historically facing Black students. This book is beneficial to all educators, especially those who need grounding and inspiration to create an equitable educational system.
The other title, 'We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be', by Cornelius Minor, decenters the teacher to anchor the practice focusing on listening to students. This book provides actionable, supportive learning and inclusive practices. This title uses universal design, lesson plan ideas, graphic organizers, and strategies to expand access to greater learning opportunities.
“Any curriculum or program that we buy, adopt, or create is incomplete until it includes our students and until it includes us” (p. 104). Cornelius Minor
Share your latest good read in the comments below!
I'm still working my way through Better, not Bitter by Dr. Yusef Salaam @dr.yusefsalaam . So far, VERY good. I see where aspects of Punching the Air are coming through.
If you still want to meet online for an online book discussion, DM.
AALBC created a directory list of Black-owned bookstores in the U.S. If you wanted to pick up a new book this weekend and support literacy in your community, check the linktree in the bio.
My local Black Bookstore is @frugalbooks in Roxbury, MA.
Or visit your local public library and browse, it's FREE. There is also a link in the bio for your nearest public library too.
My local library is @worcesterpubliclibrary They keep me set with audiobooks and popular reads.
Shout out your local book spot.
The recorded session can be watched here on the YouTube link below, or you can listen to the podcast, https://anchor.fm/weareherelit.
So insightful and diverse. The gentleman on this panel's influence and insight are so important in understanding how to engage youth with reading.
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.