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  • Foundation Preparatory Charter School
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Our school is translating Dr. Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly into social emotional guidance for our students. My students are practicing crucial life skills like practicing self compassion, gratitude and building resilience, alongside a love of literacy. During professional development this summer, I heard several presentations about the need for young readers to see themselves and a variety of different kinds of people represented in books. I realized I needed to update and diversify my classroom library. As early readers begin to dip their toes into the wonderful world of reading, books are completely invaluable so students need to be able to fully invest. One of the best ways to foster a lasting love of books and keep students motivated is to surround them with high-interest, high quality books where they can see themselves reflected. How will students learn to understand and celebrate themselves and their differences without exposure to the beauty of difference in literature? I knew I needed to fill our classroom library with books with rich stories and vibrant pictures. The list of book was compiled from Here Wee Read’s “2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books.” The books reflect my students socio-emotional needs of my students, their diverse socio-economic, genders, ethnicities and racial backgrounds. These books feature diverse characters such as children with exceptionalities, diverse families, girls and books who break gender roles, stories of immigrant families in the U.S., as well as main characters of color. I will read the stories aloud to my students and guide them in class discussions. I will also create activities for the students to engage with the stories through art and socio-emotional activities.

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Our school is translating Dr. Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly into social emotional guidance for our students. My students are practicing crucial life skills like practicing self compassion, gratitude and building resilience, alongside a love of literacy. During professional development this summer, I heard several presentations about the need for young readers to see themselves and a variety of different kinds of people represented in books. I realized I needed to update and diversify my classroom library. As early readers begin to dip their toes into the wonderful world of reading, books are completely invaluable so students need to be able to fully invest. One of the best ways to foster a lasting love of books and keep students motivated is to surround them with high-interest, high quality books where they can see themselves reflected. How will students learn to understand and celebrate themselves and their differences without exposure to the beauty of difference in literature? I knew I needed to fill our classroom library with books with rich stories and vibrant pictures. The list of book was compiled from Here Wee Read’s “2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books.” The books reflect my students socio-emotional needs of my students, their diverse socio-economic, genders, ethnicities and racial backgrounds. These books feature diverse characters such as children with exceptionalities, diverse families, girls and books who break gender roles, stories of immigrant families in the U.S., as well as main characters of color. I will read the stories aloud to my students and guide them in class discussions. I will also create activities for the students to engage with the stories through art and socio-emotional activities.

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