Literature for Learning: Equity, Equality, Anti-racism
The Borg Center for Reading and Literacy is working to expand our collection of children’s literature to include narratives, stories, and informational texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures.
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”
- Rudine Sims Bishop
We believe every child should experience the self-affirmation that comes from seeing their backgrounds and experiences reflected authentically in the books they read in school along with opportunities to peer into others' lives, and that every teacher should have the knowledge to choose and use literature to cultivate inclusive and equitable learning environments. The Borg Center for Reading and Literacy is a research and service center in the College of Education that supports the development of literacies across the lifespan. Our goal for this project is to expand our collection of children’s literature to include narratives, stories, and informational texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. The collection will be accessible to faculty in the College of Education for research and teaching, teacher candidates for lesson planning and implementation, and most importantly, to children in our partner schools and families who access Borg Center services. By giving to this project, you are supporting the education of future teachers who will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create anti-racist and democratic classrooms where all children can reach their full potential.