As this data shows, there is a clear need for increasing the number of diverse books in schools in order to accurately reflect the population served.
But where to start?
👨🏻💻Go online and search the demographics of your school. If you can’t find that information, look for the district’s demographics. If you’re at a public or charter school, student demographic data is public information. You should be able to find it fairly easily.
✍🏿Write down the data.
example.: Here’s the racial/ethnicity information for NYC as of 9/2019:
💭 What does this data tell me?
💭 Is this data in line with my perceptions?
💭 What, if anything, surprises me about this data?
👀 Take a moment to mentally scan your school/classroom library and/or the books that you teach. Don’t do anything more than scan. The point is to just begin thinking about the discrepancies that may exist between #2 and #4.
🔜 Next week, we will venture into the second half of the auditing process and discuss tallying up the books in your school/classroom.
Yours in Literacy,