Hiring for Cultural Competency in Schools

When hiring season begins, many schools look for opportunities to increase the diversity of their faculty and staff. But it is not enough to simply hire for diversity, schools also need to look for cultural competency skills. While...

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"Building Bridges" with Books: Immigration Stories to Share with Children

My mind has been on the power of immigration stories lately, in part because of current political debates, but especially because of the moving exhibit, Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees, in Lowell’s Berkeley...

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The Proof is in the Pudding: Heritage Month Celebrations in Schools

Growing up, I was quite close with my grandmother. I often found myself with her in the kitchen where she would be cooking for the family. She loved to cook, and, at times, I had the pleasure of assisting her. I remember once...

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Teaching and Learning About Immigration

Immigration is a top issue in this year’s election cycle and the subject of intense discussion and policy making around the world. It is in the news nearly every night, and the stories are often complicated and emotionally...

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Honoring Excellence in Teaching via the Rainbow Flag

During Primary School Back To School Night this year, I had the opportunity to reflect on excellence in teaching. Great teachers invest a great deal of thought and preparation in their work with students and families. I used the...

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A Middle School Book List for Black History Month and Every Month

In honor of Black History Month 2015, Lowell's Primary School librarians created a display of books organized by topic for Primary School children.  It was so popular, our Middle School librarian, Melissa Hill, created this list...

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Resources for Finding Diverse Books

At Lowell we understand the importance of having a diverse collection of library materials for children in preschool through middle school. It is one of the ways we support children's identities and understanding of others. As...

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The R-Word and Teaching Kids about the Power of Language

Through the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign in the month of March, people across the globe work to raise awareness about how the r–word—retard—marginalizes an entire group of people. The campaign encourages people to “take...

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A Book List for Black History Month and Every Month

Updated: 2/18/2016

Last year, in honor of Black History Month, Lowell Primary School librarians created a book display for children K-5 showcasing titles, both fiction and non-fiction, that reflect the African-American experience....

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At the Intersection of Children's Books and Race

Living in the world of children’s and teen books, as I do, I get to explore a lot of different terrain. This fall I attended a young adult literature symposium in Austin, Texas, where I had a chance to attend sessions about serving...

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