Thinking Globally in Literacy Instruction and Critical Race Theory

In the reading, I found a couple quotes that I strongly stand by or thought was important to share. I also watched a video on critical race theories and pulled a few things that were said that I thought were most important.

Language and literacy are part of the rights of children. We are part of a global community.

Never heard of literacy as being a part of the rights of children but after reading that I came to the conclusion that language and literacy has a much deeper meaning and impact on children’s lives aside from the academic aspect of it.

We have worked extensively with teachers in classrooms to support students’ literacy growth by using books that reflect students’ own lived experiences, making sure that we capitalize on their first language to help them learn a second (Shin et  al., 2015).

I always thought that this approach was the most effective if you did want to integrate different cultures in your classroom (which you should). Books are usually the first thing children go for in classrooms so books that they see define them in a way, they will feel more comfortable in that classroom.

The Pew Research Center (2015) predicted that by 2050, more than one-third of U.S. schoolchildren younger than 17 will be either immigrants themselves or the children of at least one parent who immigrated to the United States

This quote was interesting to me. The world now, as some of us may know, has a good population of immigrants but to think about how much greater the “immigrant” population may get, I find it quite amazing. Also, found it cool how something like that can be predicted.


“It’s critical for teachers to know about racism and how it functions in society and in personal/social life; be able to use and apply racial knowledge or understandings of race in terms of how they think about teaching – should think about their students, the curriculum, and instructional practices.”

The key to successfully executing the “race talk” to your students, you MUST further educate yourself on such topic and become familiar with different ways you can integrate or connect certain lessons to some of your students backgrounds, perhaps.

“Race matters in all conversations of institutional and structural practices where outcomes of justice and injustice are possible consequences”

I agreed with this quote. I think that no matter what the consequences may be, race matters across all boards – there is no way that you can push that aside when having conversations about certain topics.

“Critical race theory might not be immediately approachable to them because they’re learning”

(Going off of what was said) .. and are teachers which means they still have room to build on prior knowledge on certain topics so it is okay for them to not have all of the knowledge there yet but I think there must be at least some in order to become familiar with the race theory conversations.


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