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The Many Voices: Diverse Classroom Library Project will supply K-12 teachers with books to expand their classroom libraries with the aim of promoting discussions about racial and social diversity and providing students access to books representative of contemporary families and inclusive of culture, history, and diverse perspectives.
Diverse collections, in this context, are defined as books with protagonists and experiences that feature underrepresented ethnicities, disabilities, cultural or religious backgrounds, gender nonconformity, or LGBTQIA+ orientations.
Part I: The Many Voices List
Our Resource Committee is building a list of recommended titles by grade level that teachers can use to choose books for their classroom. Our resource committee can provide guidance on books will to help teachers initiate discussions with or recommend books to students on different racial, social, or cultural diversity topics.
Part II: Teachers Apply for a Collection of Diverse Books
Interested? Help us get an idea of who is interested at this stage by completing our interest survey.
We'll post the official involvement link and the parameters of that process when we have it.
We're interested in hearing from teachers who want to be involved in the project. Tell us why this is important for your classroom or students. We want this to be a conversation about what you need and how we can support it.
Want to learn more about the need for Diverse Books? Check out these great organizations and sites.
Sponsors and Donors
You make it happen. It costs between $500-800/classroom to provide a diverse library collection. We are seeking corporate partners, grants, individual donors to partner with us to make this a sustainable, annual program in our district. You can give directly to the program or contact Colleen Moidu to discuss ways to partner with us.