MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Using Picture Books as Mirrors and Windows to Enhance an Anti-Bias Curriculum
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Round 1 only
Julia Copeland, School Librarian and Technology Coordinator, Greene Street Friends School
LS Dean of Students and Diversity Clerk
, Greene Street Friends School
Come discuss how to use picture books to promote an anti-bias, social justice mindset in the classroom. We will share books we use, discuss the importance of windows and mirrors in your classroom library and read-alouds, and show how we are using picture books to get kids talking about race, gender, religion and other diverse aspects of identity. Talking about our differences helps students feel empathetic and empowered to stand up for themselves and their peers when they see inequities and injustice. Join this discussion about how to start these conversations as early as Pre-K to 2nd grade. We will address the importance of introducing valuable stories that show students new perspectives while also affirming students who may feel marginalized or "other." We will also share how we give students a common language that they can use as they expand their knowledge and understanding over time and fictional and historical role models to connect to as they learn how to stand up to injustice.
It is so important for children to see themselves in literature in order to feel seen and validated in the classroom or library. It is also just as important for students to see people who are different from themselves as having their own valuable stories in order to minimize and eliminate bias. We believe that by starting to talk about diversity as early as Pre-K, we nurture critically engaged citizens who will better recognize the inequities around them and be prepared to stand up for injustice when they encounter it.
From this conversation, teachers will know more about the concept of Windows and Mirrors in books and how important it is that our classroom (and school) libraries reflect a very diverse range of identities and stories as well as effective ways to share and balance the stories they read. Our goal is to have teachers walk away with a hefty toolbox of diverse book titles to share with their classroom and colleagues as well as the energy and excitement to start having direct conversations about diversity and equity with their students.
is the Librarian at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia. She uses books to show that everyone has a story to tell and to affirm students who may feel marginalized or 'other'. Over the last three years, she has grown a school library that reflects the diversity of the GSFS community and the world around us. She has presented on this topic for internal Professional Development, Friends Council on Education, and the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative.
is an educator with over 15 years of experience within the Friends Schools network. Currently, she is the Lower School Dean of Students at Greene Street Friends School and also serves as the school's Diversity Clerk. She has presented at the UPenn Ethnography Conference, and conferences for ADVIS, NAIS, and the Cultural Competency Institute. Erica is a contributing author for The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys.
Erica is also presenting "
Stay Woke with Middle School Racial Affinity Groups
" with Josh Goodstein, Middle School Science Teacher, Greene Street Friends School
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