A Professional Development Resource

Author: Brenna Dickerson (Page 1 of 3)

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CBC Diversity

Format: The Children's Book Council Logo "CBC"Website

Description: CBC Diversity is an initiative by the Children’s Book Council that promotes diverse authors and illustrators, and diversifying the publishing industry. The blog features news, events, book releases, personal stories, and book and publisher recommendations. The CBC Diversity resources page available from the menu on the top of the blog has resources for booksellers, parents and caregivers, publishing professionals, teachers and librarians, and for writers. These resources can include book lists and bibliographies, lesson plans, discussion guides, publications and blogs, awards and prizes, articles, websites, and even tips.

Link: http://www.cbcdiversity.com


We Need Diverse Books

Format: The We Need Diverse Books logoWebsite

Description: The website and official Tumblr of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, an organization that promotes diverse literature in children’s books and fundamental changes to the publishing industry. The site features a blog , news, programs, and resource lists. The WNDB Tumblr reblogs posts related to diverse issues, publishing, and books, and interacts with many other diversity focused blogs on Tumblr.

Links: https://diversebooks.orghttp://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com


Diversity in YA

The website logo which reads Diversity in YAFormat: Website

Description: Diversity in YA is a website re-created by Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon to celebrate “all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability” and “to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream, and to bring the margin to the center”. While the website is currently on hiatus, it has helpful guest posts on writing and publishing, interviews, diverse book compilations, data about diversity in YA, and updates and news on diversity discussions in the archive. The tumblr still posts occasionally, and interacts with other diversity focused blogs.

Link: http://www.diversityinya.comhttp://diversityinya.tumblr.com


YA Pride

Format: The image pictured here is the YA Pride logo, a rainbow-colored cake by the words 'Rainbow Bright'Website, resource list

Description: YA Pride (previously GayYA) is a site that is dedicated to LGBTQIA in young adult fiction. The site features guest posts, author interviews, giveaways, booklists sorted by character orientation, and book reviews. The team has a presence on multiple social media outlets such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook. The booklists featured on the Masterlist section of the site and are sorted by character orientation and includes the following lists: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, and Aromantic.

Link: http://www.gayya.org

Citation: YA Pride. (2012).  Retrieved from http://www.gayya.org

Global Cultural Competence Micro-Credential

The image pictured here reads: Global Cultural Competence, Developing a position on an intercultural issue by exploring multiple cultural perspectives, then acting to support this position in a meaningful way.Format: Learning Module

Description: This micro-credential course, offered free of cost online through BloomBoard, walks educators through the process of designing and implementing instruction for students focused on global cultural competence. Using the materials provided here, teachers will design and carry out instruction in which students develop an evidence-supported position on a global issue using a four-part framework: investigate the issue, recognize differing perspectives, communicate a position / get diverse feedback, and take action by applying findings to the real world. Some participants may be able to earn continuing education credits from their state or district by completing the micro-credential requirements.

Link: https://bloomboard.com/microcredential/view/4cc5307d-74a9-4cd2-8af4-f3b951055764


How Can We Expand Opportunities to Learn for Native Youth?

Format: Report

Description:  “Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education” was released by the National Urban Indian Family Coalition in November 2017. This downloadable,  30-page report analyzes the challenges faced by urban Native American youth in public schools and features seven public education programs that are having a positive impact addressing those challenges.

Link: http://nuifc.org/2017/11/15/new-report-highlights-alternative-public-education-programs-helping-to-close-the-achievement-gap-for-urban-native-american-youth/

Report Citation: Hobot, J. (2017, November). Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian education. Retrieved from http://nuifc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nuifc-resurgence-report-nov2017.pdf


Multiculturalism in the Classroom

Format: WebsiteThe image reads: Multiculturalism in the Classroom, A Collection.

Description: This resource from Scholastic features a collection of articles, lesson plans, and booklists, plus tips and strategies to help professionals who are working in diverse environments encourage students to share and respect other’s cultures. The website includes sections on Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, Multicultural Literacy, Cultures in Your Classroom, Teaching About Different Cultures, Parent-Teacher Communication, and Resources for Working With ESL and ELL Students.

Link: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/teaching-cultural-sensitivity-classroom/


Dual Language Learners: Strategies for Successful Opportunities in ECE

Format: Workshop/Training

Description: A free 2-hour learning module with video from Pennsylvania State University’s Better Kid Care that touches on the cognitive, social-emotional, and language development of multiple language learners. Includes content, videos, and assignments. The module helps professionals  self-reflect while learning instructional strategies to use in the classroom. Registration is required.

Link: https://extension.psu.edu/programs/betterkidcare/lessons/dll

Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Awards

Format: WebpageThe image displays the words Returning the Gift in a half circle around a feather.

Description: This site for the Returning the Gift Literary Festival (RTG), a conference created by Indigenous writers, includes a list of all the past winners of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas three awards for Indigenous authors: a Lifetime Achievement Award, First Book Award in Poetry, and a First Book Award in Prose. The webpages for these awards are listed at the top of the website under the ‘NWCA’ drop down menu. These awards are created and presented by Native Americans to Native American writers from North and South America. 

Link: https://rtglitfest.org/awards/

Citation: Returning the Gift Literary Festival. (n.d.). Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Awards. Retrieved from https://rtglitfest.org/awards/

The DIG Checklist for Inclusive, High-Quality Children’s Media

The included image on the left side of the screen is an image from the KIDMAP website. This image reads, There are plenty of recipes for creating high-quality, inclusive, children's media, and they feature many of these common key ingredients: 1. Rich stories, interesting topics, and engaging activities 2. Diverse cast of characters 3. Authentic backgrounds and traditions 4. Opportunities for kids to explore different ideas and points of view 5. Platform for kids to imagine, create, design, and express themselves. 6. Diverse creative teams 7. Functional Design 8. Accurate, current information 9. Research-based learning and literacy experiences 10. High quality artwork 11. Age-appropriate content 12. Coviewing and shared play support. The image ends.

Format: Tool

Description: The DIG checklist from Kids Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP) provides professionals with a handy tool to help them identify inclusive children’s media. The checklist can be adjusted for higher reading levels but provides a good starting rubric tool for those looking for an idea of what they should consider when reviewing materials for inclusion. This tool can also assist those looking to create materials or activities for use in the classroom or community.

Link: https://www.joinkidmap.org/digchecklist/


Dispelling the Myth of “English Only”: Understanding the Importance of the First Language in Second Language Learning

Format: Article

Description: A brief by Elsa Billings and Aída Walqui that discusses the importance of a English Language Learners (ELL) first language, presents supporting background research on cognitive, social-emotional, and academic benefits, and offers strategies to help teachers support ELLs in instruction.

Link: https://www.wested.org/resources/dispelling-the-myth-of-english-only/

Citation: Billings, E. & Walqui, A. (2017) Dispelling the Myth of “English Only”: Understanding the Importance of the First Language in Second Language Learning. New York State Education Department. Retrieved from https://www.wested.org/resources/dispelling-the-myth-of-english-only/

Extreme Prejudice

Format: Article

Description: A Teaching Tolerance article on hostile school environments and bullying created by religious ignorance. The article discusses Muslim and Sikh student experiences, and why and how to teach about religious extremism. The article includes an activity at the bottom to help students to investigate religious diversity and the religious extremist minority. The toolkit is religiously neutral and can be used with many different religions with each group of students focusing on one religion and sharing their findings with the class.

Link: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2015/extreme-prejudice

Latinxs in Kid Lit

Format: WebsiteThe image reads Latinxs in Kid Lit, exploring the world of Latinx YA, MG, and children's literature.


Latinxs in Kid Lit is a site that posts about authors, book reviews, interviews w/ Latinx writers and illustrators and from agents and editors on the publishing industry side, articles and news to promote, discuss, share, and upcoming projects by Latinx authors and illustrators as well as to inspire and inform prospective Latinx creators.

Link: https://latinosinkidlit.com

Citation: Latinxs in Kid Lit. https://latinosinkidlit.com

Rich in Color

Format: Website, resource list


Rich in Color is a website that discusses reviews, and promotes young adult fiction that features or is written by people of color or from First/Native Nations. The website keeps track of the release of books of interest on their release calendar and publishes promotions in the form of guest posts, interviews, chapter previews, giveaways, and other marketing activities for books. The site’s resources section also contains other sites that may be of use, and links to the team’s social media presences and their Goodreads account and lists.

Link: http://richincolor.com

Multiculturalism Rocks!

Format: The image reads Multiculturalism Rocks and is the header from the blog.Website

Description: Multiculturalism Rocks is a personal blog by Nathalie Mvondo that features guest posts, book lists and reviews, and other promotions and projects concerning multicultural authors, books, and projects. The blog is active but updated infrequently.

Link: https://multiculturalism.rocks

Citation: Mvondo, N. Multiculturalism Rocks. Retrieved from https://multiculturalism.rocks

The Brown Bookshelf

Format: WebsiteThe image reads, The Brown Bookshelf, United in Story

Description: The Brown Bookshelf is a group of Black authors and illustrators raising awareness for books created by African American authors and illustrators or with a majority of African American characters. Their main campaign is the 28 days later ” a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans to help parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers recommend good reads”. This initiative involves a selection process that culminates in selected candidates being published daily every February. This website also includes recommended websites, multicultural publishers and reading lists, under the “Books” section of the website.

Link: https://thebrownbookshelf.com

Citation: The Brown Bookshelf. (2007).  Retrieved from https://thebrownbookshelf.com

Talking Points

Format: This image displays text bubbles representingoutgoing and incoming text messages and the organization name, Talking Points.Website, Tool


Talking Points is an app designed to confront the language barrier that often challenges  parental engagement with a tool that translates communications into the parent’s native language. The site uses a custom translation engine for two way translation between teachers and parents. Up to 28 languages are available with more being added over time; the list of languages are available on the site.

The tool’s creators understand the positive impact parental engagement has on child development and seek to support improving and easing engagement from parents that may have difficulty speaking English or communicating with teacher and schools. The app uses SMS as a way to make it more accessible to parents and to be aware of diverse socioeconomic status. Teachers and schools will need to be aware that while the app itself is free it also depends on parent’s phone and texting plans and that there could be a possible fee for parents if the SMS is not covered.

Registration is required. Free for individual teachers. School wide integration is available for a fee.

Link: http://talkingpts.org

Queer Books for Teens

Format: Website, resource listThis image reads, Queer Books for Teens, A comprehensive database of all LGBTQIAP+ YA Literature 2000-2017

This website offers a bibliography of YA fiction with LGBTQ content published between 2000 and 2017. The database seeks to be comprehensive and features books published by major and minor presses, and is working on adding self-published works. The site offers a variety of facets to search the database and find content, includes several best of/ and recommendation lists, linked resources for teens and educators/librarians, and information on their scope and information organization. The site was created by an assortment of contributors, with the support of the Carnegie/Whitney Grant from the American Library Association and the GLBT-RT resources committee.

Link: http://queerbooksforteens.com

A Tale of Two Teachers

Format: TEDTalk

Description: A TEDTalk from Melissa Crum who studies how we all contribute to social inequality. Her talk will help library staff reflect on how they are thinking about and interacting with diverse youth.  “Her personal story and professional practice work together to tell a creative, inspiring, and eye-opening message that everyone must hear.”

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgtinODaW78


Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Format: ToolImage reads Social Justice Books, A Teaching for Change Project

Description: This guide from Social Justice Books helps to review children’s books for bias. This rubric can be adjusted incrementally. A helpful cheat sheet for the professional who needs to know what to focus on or how to better critically read reviews of media. Additional Resources on the subject are included at the bottom of the page.

Link: https://socialjusticebooks.org/guide-for-selecting-anti-bias-childrens-books/


The State of America’s Children (2017)

Format: Report

Description: An 82-page downloadable, pdf report from the Children’s Defense Fund that “provides a comprehensive look at the status of America’s children in 11 areas: child population, child poverty, income and wealth inequality, housing and homelessness, child hunger and nutrition, child health, early childhood, education, child welfare, juvenile justice and gun violence.” The landing page on the Children’s Defense Funds website also includes downloadable, pdf fact sheets for each state; an interactive map of the United States with the key facts shown for each state; and a downloadable, pdf two-page overview of the report.

Link: http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/state-of-americas-children/


The Gender Book by Mel Reiff Hill and Jay Mays

Format: Book, Website

Description: The Gender Book is a website for a 90 page book with graphics on many topics concerning gender. The book was created by four authors of varying identities with the aid of surveys, interviews and community collaborators from all around the world. The book is available in a pay-what-you-want e-book format, or print copies can be purchased for $30 (hardcover) or $300 for a class set. The book is available on the website as a text only version, in large print, and translated into German and Spanish. The website also offers other resources available to viewers, like the free, online, 6 page Gender booklet covering some basics from the Gender Book educational posters and creator contacts. The authors of the project can be contacted for public speaking events through their site.

Link: http://www.thegenderbook.com/home/4553374745


Mays, J. & Reif Hill, M. (2014). The gender book. Houston, TX: Marshall House Press.

Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate

Format: Article

Description: This downloadable article provides advice for school leaders wanting to create a LGBT inclusive school climate. The article covers such topics as Gay Straight Alliance club, clothing and dress codes, school events, anti-bullying policies, conversion therapy and more. 

Link: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/creating-an-lgbtinclusive-school-climate

Citation: Teaching Tolerance. (2013). Creating an LGBT-inclusive school climate. Retrieved from https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/creating-an-lgbtinclusive-school-climate

Trans Student Educational Resources

Format: Image is of the Trans Student Educational Resources logoWebsite

Description: Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) is an organization lead by trans youth who are dedicated to improving experiences for trans and gender nonconforming students by educating others and training activists. The organization provides information on policy, helpful infographics, available queer youth conferences, and more. The TSER also has a number of workshops they they are available to present to help professional development and representatives from the organization are also available as public speakers.

Link: http://www.transstudent.org

The ABC’s of LGBT+

Format: The cover of The ABC's of LGBT+Book

Description: The ABCs of LGBT is a popular LGBT book by Ashley Mardell that helps readers who want to learn to talk about gender and sexual identity. The book offers answers to frequently asked questions, in depth definitions, helpful infographics and more. The book is available in print and ebook formats at prices ranging from $6 to $15.

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28783749-the-abc-s-of-lgbt

Citation: Mardell, A. (2016). The ABCs of LGBT. Coral Gables, Fl: Mango Media

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