Dear Wyoming City Schools Families and Staff,
As we continue to engage in conversations regarding equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, this message shares our next action steps to continue this work during the summer and heading into the school year.
Understanding the experiences of our students and providing space for them to have a voice is critical to knowing our strengths and weaknesses as we continue to work to build a culture of belonging for all. We are looking forward to creating opportunities to connect students with this work throughout the 2020-2021 school year. This summer, we are specifically reaching out to our incoming senior class to learn from and discuss their experiences in our schools. More information about these opportunities will be shared with members of the Wyoming High School Class of 2021 and their families in the coming days. We are eager to have open dialogue with all of our students and excited about the ways that we can use their input to inform our actions.
Today, I am also sharing additional resources to support conversations regarding equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Individual or group reading can help us, the educators and caregivers of the Wyoming community, gather knowledge and tools to assist us in thoughtful and engaging discussions about race now and into the future.
The Wyoming City Schools Global Classroom Team has gathered suggested titles and discussion guides for adults, along with recommended book lists for children of all ages, for summer reading.
Recommended Titles & Reading Guides
We hope that this list of three books offers multiple entry points for readers and the guides offer an opportunity for deeper thinking for individuals or group discussions.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist Reading Guide
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
So You Want to Talk About Race Reading Guide
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
White Fragility Reading Guide
Recommended Book Lists
Below you will find a couple recommended booklists. Many of these suggested authors and titles are multi-award winners and provide children the opportunity to read about characters of color across many genres.
Books with Characters of Color from Common Sense Media
“While people of color are still underrepresented in books for kids and teens, we've found lots of great reads with diverse main or supporting characters in all sorts of genres, including mystery, fantasy, romance, adventure, sci-fi, graphic novels, historical fiction, novels in verse -- you name it! In fact, we've gathered well over 100 books to recommend for readers of all ages. These fantastic books promote diversity and inclusion and teach readers about different cultures. And on top of that, they offer tons of positive roles models, especially for kids of color. For more great reads, check out our Books About Racism and Social Justice and Latino Books.”
Coretta Scott King Award Winners from Common Sense Media
“Each winter (either January or February), the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”
For the past year, we have been guided in our equity, anti-bias, and anti-racist work, by Educational Consultant Katrice Quitter. One last recommended reading is this interview with Ms. Quitter from the Spring 2020 issue of Teaching Tolerance. Her vast knowledge and direct approach have been and continue to be of tremendous value in this work.
We recognize that much more needs to be done to build a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging for our students and we appreciate our partners in this process. We plan to continue to communicate and provide resources throughout the summer that help us to engage in these critical conversations.