Reading Curriculum—Celebrating our Many Races and Cultures
At the beginning of this school year (2018-2019), we purchased 50 sets of books to be used in classrooms during reading instruction. All of these titles specifically included Students of Color so that students at Park Brook Elementary will see themselves in more of our curriculum. The titles included books with individuals from a variety of races and cultures. All of our students should learn about their own race and culture, and the races and cultures of their classmates. This was not to exclude white students; white students, as many are aware, are currently represented in much of the curriculum. Our goal is to be a school where all students are represented, and all students see themselves in the curriculum we use at Park Brook Elementary.
Mr. Taylor specifically chose books that represent cultures and races that are represented at Park Brook, and some cultures that are not currently represented at Park Brook. Park Brook Elementary is fortunate to have students who are born in the United States, AND students who have come from around the world to join our community.
At this time, as a district, we are adding books to our collection that are specific to Indigenous (Native American) backgrounds, specifically Minnesota.
By no means are we finished or have arrived at a place where we need to be, but continuing on our journey to ensure that all of our students at Park Brook Elementary see themselves in the curriculum, and that we are working to ensure that all of our students are prepared to achieve their dreams.