Capstone Project Title
The creation of this professional development was based upon the research question: What is the best way to decenter whiteness and decolonize elementary literature, while empowering teachers and students to use literature as a tool for social justice? This professional development involves an exploration of the current diversity in children’s literature. It then focuses on developing an understanding of social identities and social justice. Participants will complete a social identity wheel and use their newfound knowledge of social identities to examine their own personal privilege. With this understanding, educators will learn how to assess their classroom library and begin to address the disparity in literary representation. While assessing their classroom library, educators will learn how to evaluate whether a text is representative of true experiences.
Curriculum, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Social Justice
Johnson, Britt, "More Than White Boys And Their Dogs: Diversity In Children’s Literature Professional Development" (2021). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 655.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects