This Thursday, our RPS teaching staff will again be getting to work with Dr. Sharroky Hollie as we continue to grow and learn in our own practices. As his visit approaches, I am reminded of some of the great resources many of our staff members are currently using district-wide as they cultivate their own understanding and application of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning.
Code Switch: Race and Identity, Remixed
Seven National Public Radio (NPR) journalists share their insights on race, ethnicity, and culture. This bouquet of resources can be accessed in various ways: their stories are often aired on local NPR stations but can also be accessed via their blog, podcast, Tumblr, Twitter stream, and/or Facebook feed.
Some recent Code Switch stories that RPS staff have been discussing, and in some cases also using in their classrooms, are:
The site Responsive Reads, which links to a wide array of culturally authentic texts that are being used in classrooms across that nation, is a one-stop-shop for those wanting to expand their classroom libraries or make strong book recommendations for their students.
This resource makes suggestions for both nonfiction articles and fiction books; as a bonus, many come with some VABBing suggestions made by Hollie and his team!
This Sincerely, X Episode
Sincerely, X is a podcast version of TED Talks, except that each story is shared anonymously due to the sensitive nature of the content or how sharing such content could possibly be damaging to the speaker.
“Episode 10: Gifted Kid,” the episode I hear discussed most often around the district, explores what it’s like to be a gifted kid in a neighborhood so rough that students' gifts become difficult to see, explained by a teacher who is trying to fix that.
This book, Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, was studied last winter by a handful of RPS teachers in an online book study. In this text, Vance shares his firsthand perspective on what a “social, regional, and class decline feels like when...born with it hanging around [one’s] neck” (back cover of Hillbilly Elegy).
Those who worked through this book together found it shed light on cultural aspects that often go unnoticed because those experiencing them, at least in this context, are white.
Consider exploring this text further by reading "The Lives of Poor White People" by Joshua Rothman, a detailed New York Times review about Vance's memoir.
If you too would like to dig deeper into what Hollie has been sharing with us, and will continue to share with staff on Thursday, perhaps you might wish to begin with one of the above four resources.
As you explore further, please considering reaching out to your instructional coach or one of us from the C&I team: we would love to discuss any of these resources with you.
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