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.
Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two class of 2021 medical students in Southern California, have created a book, entitled Why We Stay Home, to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it has been important to stay home during that time.
Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.
Behind My Mask / Detras de me cubrebocasis a pedagogical tool to engage bilingual youth in conversations around identity and emotions amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Written in English and Spanish, the book includes reflective activities about emotions and promotes the use of masks.