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• Chalkbeat profiles an Indianapolis school librarian who makes a concerted effort to stock the shelves with diverse books, while also discussing topics such as LGBTQ rights.
• How might this educator be an inspiration to others in promoting literacy and perspectives on social justice? Which books would be most powerful as teaching tools?
Welcome to the January edition of How I Teach!
Today, we feature an educator who’s passionate about making sure students have access to diverse books and perspectives. Kathleen Rauth, a school librarian in Indianapolis, didn’t start out with that particular passion. She grew up in a white, middle-class family and said, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.”
“One of the things that really helped sharpen my perspective is reading authors of color write about their experiences in the education system,” she said.
Today, Rauth can be found talking with students about the Black Lives Matter movement, helping them learn about the experiences of immigrants and refugees, or digging up resources on LGBTQ rights.
She packs her library with diverse books, leads a fourth-grade project on immigrant and refugee experiences, and doesn’t cling to classics that children don’t read.
Read the full article about one librarian's case for diverse books by Ann Schimke at Chalkbeat.