Reedy Library Staff Reading Challenge 2020-2021

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Reedy Library 2020-2021 Staff Reading Challenge

This school year we are starting another staff reading challenge. For some staff members who participated last year, this will be a continuance of the journey they started last year. For staff members who didn’t participate or for those who are new, we are excited to welcome you to our shared journey. Many of us have already started down the road to self-identity work and toward a greater understanding of how cultural competence makes us better educators, and to those we also welcome you! Below is a video where I explain all about the challenge and how to use this Genially, however, if you prefer to read, I outline the steps to participate in the information below.

Challenge Outline

  1. Click through the Diversity Reading Challenge information slides.
  2. Look over the books on the Reading Challenge Books and choose a book or books that interest you.
  3. Accept the Challenge by completing this short form (you don’t have to tell me what books you are reading).
  4. Email me what books you need and I will bring them to you or put them in your box.
  5. After you read a book, respond to this form. Q1: How is this book relevant to my teaching practice? Q2: How can I use what I learned to improve relationships with students from marginalized communities?

Optional Activities

  1. Copy your own Welcome Sign and add your name to use inside your classroom, on your door, or in Canvas.
  2. Copy your own Identity Wheel and complete it thinking about who you are.
  3. Copy your own Thinking About Different Identities to raise your self-awareness.

Additional Resources

  1. Resource 1: Colorblindness & Culturally Responsive Teaching
  2. Resource 2: Implicit Bias
  3. Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors
  4. Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books…

When there are enough books available that can act as both mirrors and windows for all our children, they will see that we can celebrate both our differences and our similarities, because together they are what make us all human. – Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

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