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  • Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School
  • Damascus, OR
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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These books would allow our students to see themselves reflected in the music we create, the musicians we read about, and in the pictures/books we see. Feeling seen, feeling known, and seeing yourself in books/materials is critical to a healthy community. We, as a community, have come to realize the harm that is done when the books we read do not reflect the population of students. This is certainly true in the classroom setting, and it is also true in the music classroom. For too long, questionable books and songs have been used in many music classrooms. Today, more than ever, we have more options in what we use to teach students. Books should not continue to be used just because they are traditional. The list of books being requested for purchase below represent 15 books called for within the district provided music curriculum (which were not purchased by the district) and an additional 30+ books that represent 12+ different cultures, have strong curricula ties, or BIPOC authors. The books purchased will be used to present various musical concepts across K-5 grade levels in addition to offering various stopping points to discuss important life lessons, topics, and situations as outlined in the books. All of these books come from a nationwide curated list of appropriate books for music educators in the United States. These books have been vetted for racist, problematic, and questionable content.

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These books would allow our students to see themselves reflected in the music we create, the musicians we read about, and in the pictures/books we see. Feeling seen, feeling known, and seeing yourself in books/materials is critical to a healthy community. We, as a community, have come to realize the harm that is done when the books we read do not reflect the population of students. This is certainly true in the classroom setting, and it is also true in the music classroom. For too long, questionable books and songs have been used in many music classrooms. Today, more than ever, we have more options in what we use to teach students. Books should not continue to be used just because they are traditional. The list of books being requested for purchase below represent 15 books called for within the district provided music curriculum (which were not purchased by the district) and an additional 30+ books that represent 12+ different cultures, have strong curricula ties, or BIPOC authors. The books purchased will be used to present various musical concepts across K-5 grade levels in addition to offering various stopping points to discuss important life lessons, topics, and situations as outlined in the books. All of these books come from a nationwide curated list of appropriate books for music educators in the United States. These books have been vetted for racist, problematic, and questionable content.

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