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Kelly Wickham Hurst is the founder and CEO of Being Black at School, a new initiative to empower parents and educators to make schools a safe place for Black children. She's a writer and educator who spent 23 years in the school system as a teacher, guidance dean, and assistant principal.
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The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate - Jan 06, 2015
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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephan...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Mar 28, 2021
@CodyMillerELA I still can’t believe she also wrote “The One and Only Ivan” which is such a beautiful book that I can tear up just recalling the writing.      source
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Everyday Antiracism
Getting Real About Race in School
Mica Pollock - Jun 01, 2008
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Which acts by educators are "racist" and which are "antiracist"? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism, leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race in school, offering invaluable and effective advice.Contributors including Beverly Daniel Tatum...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Feb 24, 2021
@MrMcgeeney This was an essay in Everyday Antiracism by Mica Pollack. Highly recommend this whole book.      source
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson - Oct 04, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Feb 24, 2021
@kimakimberlin @jhnrbry It’s sooooooooo good. My favorite. On my top ten of books. Seriously.      source
My Grandmother's Hands
Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
Resmaa Menakem - Sep 19, 2017
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The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americ...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Jul 23, 2020
I’m listening to My Grandmothers Hands by @ResmaaMenakem and this is the book every educator should be reading for their professional development. You’ll understand why we can’t go back to the status quo schooling we’ve had.      source
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott - Aug 31, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Jul 30, 2019
@dayswithe @ANNELAMOTT Bird by Bird is an amazing book. Also, I love you. So much.      source
Everybody Cooks Rice
Norah Dooley - Aug 01, 1991
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In this multicultural picture book, Carrie goes from one neighbor's house to the next looking for her brother, who is late for dinner. She discovers that although each family is from a different country, everyone makes a rice dish at dinnertime. Readers will enjoy trying the simple recipes that correspond to each family's unique rice dish....
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Jul 30, 2019
Everybody Cooks Rice 🍛 (we clearly need more rice emojis) is an amazing book to use to discuss multiple cultures. Dawana would like to open up the world for her students. Who can buy this for her students?      source
Other People's Children
Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Lisa Delpit - Aug 01, 2006 (first published in 1995)
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Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine’s “great books,” Other People’s Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This anniversary paperback edition features a new introduction by Delpit ...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Jun 15, 2019
@MJAntinarelli @KaitPopielarz It’s amazing. It’s THE book that changed everything for me early on in my career. It was such a swift kick to the head.      source
What If All the Kids Are White?
Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families (Early Childhood Education Series)
Louise Derman-Sparks - May 04, 2011 (first published in 2003)
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Bringing this bestselling guide completely up-to-date, the authors address the current state of racism and anti-racism in the United States (including the election of the first African-American president); review recent child development research; discuss state standards and NCLB pressures on early childhood teaching; and more. The text includes te...
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Jul 16, 2018
This one is for white educators. It doesn’t matter if you teach older children. THIS IS THE BOOK YOU NEED. If you’re serious about investing in your social group identity and are dissatisfied with the “colorblind” falsehoods then you need this.      source