March 31st | Week in Review


¡Hola a todos! Here are a few resources I’m happy to share with you.

– Diego Huerta traveled around Mexico as a photographer, capturing the  Breathtaking Beauty of Mexico’s Indigenous Communities. As Huerta says, “in Oaxaca something very interesting happens: there is a mix of the modern and the traditional, of the indigenous people and the mestizo people, that fight to conserve that indigenous part that they inherited,”

–Check out how you can use Books To Jump-Start Family Conversations on Race. “Combating racism doesn’t just mean changing the hearts and minds of bigots; it requires that passive bystanders become proactively engaged.”

-When teaching about immigration check out these 25 Kid and YA Books that Lift Up Immigrant Voices. Katrina’s written about and produced curriculum to accompany Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, if you’re interested.

— Tracey Baptiste, author of the recent YA novel The Jumbies and professor of creative writing, shares her thoughts on diversity in literature and how “Storytellers wield power” in a recent article by Lesley University. “Society’s stories are told by ‘mostly white men of European descent,’ she said. ‘One small group of people with a limited world view.’”

–Debbie Reese, from American Indians in Children’s Literature, asks what happened to “A Second Perspective” at all the wonders? and, in the process, prompts a powerful discussion about publishers’ ability to limit critical conversations about books.

– There’s always one book on the shelf that a child loves. Sometimes reading it over and over can be tiresome, but check out this article for thoughts on Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good for Kids.

–Teaching Tolerance has put together a “PD Café quiz” to see how much you know about the rights of English language learners.

— If you are teaching about immigration, you might appreciate the Huffington Post’s recent coverage of “This Gorgeous Blog [that] Fights Hate with Everyday Immigrant Stories.

– Lastly, here is a recent piece from NPR’s podcast, CodeSwitch, that talks about how Latino Players are Helping Major League Baseball Learn Spanish. “Much of the issues surround the inability of the Latino players to meaningfully communicate with the press.”

Alin Badillo

Image: NODAPL. Reprinted from Flickr user Victoria Pickering under CC©.

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