Our School District is located in the bustling heart of Portland, Oregon. At the High School level, we currently serve over 2,600 students each day representing over eighty percent of the global majority. Because of this, it is imperative that educators are able to offer culturally and historically responsive literacy curriculum to all students.
This means that no matter our students' racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual, gender, kinship, academic/intellectual, environmental, personal/individual, and communal selves, our curriculum must continually seek to encourage and challenge students to be both seen and heard in and out of our classroom.
In order to achieve this goal, students must have access to texts and materials that ask them to actively engage in reading. writing, thinking, debating, reflecting, critiquing, evaluating, and growing. This is where you come in. For students to exercise this right, we need your help.
Choice reading gives my students the opportunity to find themselves through the lives of others. Reading gives my students the ability to see and define their own lives.
My students' identities matter; my students' sense of place matters; the socio-cultural-political contexts in which my students navigate on a daily basis must be reflected in their literary character to instill academic success, cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness.
My students need multiples avenues for accessing a sense of selfhood: racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, intellectual, environmental, personal, sexual, and communal. This leads students to their own criticality.
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