Dear Retriever Families,
As we continue to move forward with the theme of building students’ sense of inclusion and belonging, we are so excited to announce the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Library. Books serve as both mirrors and windows for children. They allow children to see themselves and to feel valued by their representation in the stories, while also helping them to understand and accept others who may represent different cultures, backgrounds, and/or experiences.
Quality children’s literature can also help children identify, validate, and manage their emotions. In the Committee for Children Blog, child advocate and best-selling author, Trudy Ludwig, writes, “Well-written, developmentally age-appropriate literature offers wonderful teachable moments that allow children to...experience catharsis (the release of pent-up emotional feelings) upon the realization that they aren't the only ones who have this problem...(and) explore other possible ways of working out their own problems by seeing how the characters handled the problems themselves and how their actions or words played out...” This quote is in line with both our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum and the learning behaviors reflected on the new HCPSS report card.
We look forward to bringing books from our new diverse collection into language arts and SEL instruction to continue building our caring classroom communities. Building understanding, developing students’ empathy, helping our children regulate their emotions, and eliminating “stigmas” will help to ensure that TRES students feel included, represented, and appreciated.
Thank you for your continued support!
Lauren Rifkin, Reading Specialist