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Diversity Begins at Home: Text Talk for Building Global Citizens
Michelle Peterson-Davis & Michelle G. Bulla
Are you looking for ways to increase the diversity of the texts you use in your classroom? As we prepare students for the 21st century, teachers should include texts that not only mirror experiences students have in their own lives, but also provide a window to the larger world around them. In this workshop, the presenters defined “Global and Diverse Literature” and looked at ways teachers can expand the canon to include a variety of voices and perspectives.
“We have a responsibility to include as many voices and perspectives as possible when exploring issues and ideas. We must not pass judgement against those who have different perspectives and experiences than ours. How are diverse voices represented? What we exclude matters just as much as what we include. Whose voice is missing? The absence of a voice is a judgement against it.”
~ from Freedom of Speech by Donalyn Miller (Nerdy Book Club Blog)
Video: Mirrors, windows and sliding doors, Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
We need diverse books because we need books in which children can see reflections of themselves – but also look through and see other worlds.
Video: The danger of a single story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.