Thursday, September 26, 2019


Introducing our Diverse Lending Library!

In a collaboration with teachers Rhoshawda Miller of YCS, Kristi Schaffer of WIHI, Candice Huddleston of WLHS, Dr. Laura Jimenez of Boston University and Dr. Shayla Griffin, our Diverse Lending Library in memory of Caroline Jacob is now ready for release to Washtenaw County educators. 
The purpose of the library is to support Washtenaw County educators and students in an equitable, inclusive education. We are offering this lending library of PreK-12 culturally relevant books so that students may see themselves in texts and see others that represent our global society.

We Believe: 
📘Access to diverse books will work to interrupt bias and prejudice in our classrooms;
📕Students should see themselves, their loved ones, their peers, their languages and their celebrations represented in the books they are learning to read;
📙When students see themselves in their learning materials, they gain a sense of ownership and accountability to their classrooms, their school system, their community, and the world;
📗Literature provides the perfect opportunity for students to learn new terms, ideas, cultures and languages. When students can make personal connections to the literature, they are more engaged, inquisitive, intrigued and vested in their learning; 
📚Libraries can and should play a crucial role in empowering diverse populations for full participation. 

You can see our list of books HERE and use it to create your own Diverse Library. 

Our lending library is small right now, but we hope to grow it over time. If you'd like to know more, ask me or a colleague in SOEL or IDLL. 

SOEL to Present at NCTE Fall Conference!  

A team of SOEL educators have been accepted to present our work at the National Council Teachers of English fall Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on November 21.  

Our presentation featuring the power of inquiry based teacher professional learning is a perfect fit for the theme of the conference, Spirited Inquiry.
Melissa Brooks-Yip, WISD- Inquiry as Teacher Professional Learning 
Dr. Cathy Fleischer, EMUTeacher Research
Chip Bennett and Kat Dudzik, YCS- 
Oral learning, social readiness and reading engagement with cross grade literacy friendships 
 Tonya Saragoza, Milan Area Schools
 Writing instruction in 3rd grade

Stay tuned for more after the conference in November! 

Professional Learning Opportunities

KRA Data Day-  
Access a KRA Data Webinar HERE

Social Studies Standards, Framework and Essential Instructional Practices in Disciplinary Literacy!  
Join us for a series of dates to help deepen our understanding of these three documents. 
 October 21, October 29, and November 7  
 8:30-3:30 at Saline Liberty School.  

 Free to Washtenaw County educators.  
$25 for those outside of the county.
Register HERE for this three day series! 

1 comment:

  1. I am very much looking forward to utilizing this new library as a wonderful resource with students!