Traditionally tools that aid text selection have focused on quantitative and qualitative measures, such as complexity, word and sentence length, cohesion, language features, and knowledge demands. However, these tools do not include diversity and representation, critical literacy, or reader and task as part of the selection criteria. Teaching Tolerance has developed Reading Diversity, a unique model to make it easier for teachers to include diverse voices in K–12 classrooms. This model promotes a multidimensional approach to text selection that prioritizes critical literacy, cultural responsiveness, and complexity. Teaching Tolerance has designed two versions of the Reading Diversity model as two editable PDF tools educators can download, complete, save, and share: Reading Diversity Life: A Tool for Selecting Diverse Texts (Teacher’s Edition)is a one-page questionnaire that helps users include diverse voices in their day-to-day planning by answering 14 simple “yes or no” questions. This tool is ideal for busy teachers and anyone else looking to assess a text’s diversity. Reading Diversity: A Tool for Selecting Diverse Texts (Extended Edition)gives users an in-depth look at the complexity and diversity of a text and is ideal for curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, book-selection committees, and preservice teachers.
Cash-strapped teachers know that grants can bring much-needed monies into the classroom to enhance learning experiences and engage students. But teachers often lack the time to prepare and write grant applications. Incorporating the grant application process into your classroom is a viable solution.
Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.
In response to requests for recommendations of antibias children’s books, Social Justice Books has launched the Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk video series. Each episode walks viewers through a synopsis of the book, relevant resources, and four to five key points from an antibias, critical literacy perspective.