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Introducing The Rising Voices Library

Celebrating the Stories of Black and Latino Boys

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What IsRising Voices?

The Rising Voices Library, created with David C. Banks, provides students with high-interest, culturally relevant texts that give context to what they’re experiencing in the world around them. These materials build a rich classroom community, enabling deep discussions about social justice issues and identity development while giving students the tools to grow as leaders and thinkers.

Rising Voices

We believe that we can change the scope of education across the country by committing to the following goals:

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Positive Representation

By elevating classroom libraries with engaging authentic books that are representative of students’ complex, rich cultures, we can begin equitable conversations about the world we all live in.

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Culturally Responsive Instruction

We provide teachers with the tools and guidance to implement a curriculum that explores difficult histories and conversations while celebrating children’s academic, social, and linguistic backgrounds.

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Unifying Students

Through the lens of social-emotional learning, we can teach children the importance of understanding the multifaceted identities of people whose stories have not historically been told in equal measure.

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MeetDavid C. Banks

David C. Banks is the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City.

Scholastic has partnered with David C. Banks to curate collections of culturally relevant nonfiction, biographical, and fiction titles that highlight the stories of the most underrepresented literary protagonists in our classrooms: boys of color. By fostering a classroom community that supports positive representation and equity, we can help students of all backgrounds benefit from widening the scope of their world through books and exploration.

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THE RISING VOICES FRAMEWORK

The books in this library have been curated with the five Rising Voices themes in mind:

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    Family, Culture, and Community

    How can I help others around me? How do others enrich my life and make me feel safe and protected?

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    Someone Like Me/Memorable Characters

    How does learning that the people in these books are like me or like people I know help me better understand myself and the world?

  • 3

    Heroes and Role Models

    What qualities make someone a hero? What lessons can I learn from the courageous actions of people from the past?

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    Strong and Resilient/Problem Solvers

    What qualities help people succeed when they face challenges?

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    Thinking beyond Today

    What can I learn from how the people in books dream and plan for the future? How do people of vision imagine what they want to achieve and then make what they imagine a reality?

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  • 1

    Family, Culture, and Community

    How can I help others around me? How do others enrich my life and make me feel safe and protected?

  • 2

    Someone Like Me/Memorable Characters

    How does learning that the people in these books are like me or like people I know help me better understand myself and the world?

  • 3

    Heroes and Role Models

    What qualities make someone a hero? What lessons can I learn from the courageous actions of people from the past?

  • 4

    Strong and Resilient/Problem Solvers

    What qualities help people succeed when they face challenges?

  • 5

    Thinking beyond Today

    What can I learn from how the people in books dream and plan for the future? How do people of vision imagine what they want to achieve and then make what they imagine a reality?

TEACHINGMATERIALS

Enhance identity development with social-emotional learning.

In order to truly nurture and support academic, cognitive, and social development, educators need the tools to create change. Our research-based instruction gives educators student-centered cooperative learning strategies driven by social-emotional learning to bring literacy achievement to the classroom and beyond.

Each grade-level library includes:

  • 50 books (25 titles including 5 anchor texts, 2 copies each)
  • Teaching Cards(1 per anchor text)
  • Teacher's Guide
  • Attractive storage bins
  • Labeling stickers
  • Teachers Guide

    The Rising Voices Teacher’s Guide supports educators with:

    • Implementation strategies for whole-class read-alouds, small groups, independent reading, and book clubs
    • Suggestions for how to support English learners
    • Engaging discussion prompts based on Rising Voices themes
    • Tips for creating safe environments for difficult conversations
  • Teaching Cards

    Teaching Cards

    Each grade-level library includes five Teaching Cards. These cards offer culturally responsive, in-depth options for exploring each anchor text as an interactive read-aloud, building vocabulary, practicing high-utility reading strategies, and extending literacy through writing, discussion, and other creative activities.

  • Authentic Texts

    Authentic Culturally Relevant Texts

    Authentic texts—unlike contrived texts that are written to teach a skill—inspire students to reflect on how they feel about what they read. Books and instruction that are culturally relevant to students address both visible and invisible tenets of culture. The texts in these libraries expose learners to rich language that motivates them, captures their interest, and introduces them to the historical, social, and linguistic contexts they need to successfully navigate the world.

Contact Us Today!

To learn more about the Rising Voices Library, fill out the form below, email SCHLEducation@scholastic.com, or call 1-800-347-1437.

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