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Choosing Diverse Literature to Increase Reading Achievement in Students of Color



Clerisy Architect: Kim Peterz-Dent

Length of Workshop: 60 minutes

Workshop Description:

How can teachers cultivate an inclusive learning environment for students of color through literature? Culturally responsive teaching provides a window for students to see themselves within the context of the content being taught. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify rich, authentic literature to support an inclusive learning environment and strategies for effective reading instruction when reviewing the content.

Danielson Framework: 1 (Planning and Preparation)

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide educators with the tools to determine what qualifies as  diverse literature;
  • To use diverse literature in the literacy block and support students of color to increase reading achievement.


Publications Highlighted: Bishop, Rudine Sims. 1997. Selecting Literature for Multicultural Curriculum. In Using Multiethnic Literature in the K–8 Classroom, edited by Violet Harris, 1–20. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.; Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States. Annual Statistics. Accessed July 6, 2020..; Delpit, L. (2012). Multiplication is for White people: Raising expectations for other people’s children. The New Press.; Fleming, J., Catapano, S., Thompson, C.M., & Carrillo, S. R.(2016). More mirrors in the classroom: Using urban children’s literature to increase literacy. Rowman & Littfield; Gay, G. (2010). Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, research, and practice (2nd ed). Teachers College Press.; Iwai, Y. (2013). Multicultural children’s literature and teacher candidates’ awareness and attitudes toward cultural diversity. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 5(2). 185-198.; Myers, Walter Dean. 2014. Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?. New York Times, Mar. 15. Accessed July 6, 2020..; Naidoo, J.C. (2014). The Importance of  Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children. American Library Association.