By allowing students to show up as their authentic selves, educators can work to build confident, lifelong readers.
I believe that many educators commit to this work because we want to make sure every child has a fighting chance regardless of their zip code, background, or exposure to rich language in the home environment. At the same time, students deserve to express their authentic selves in educational spaces. They also deserve access to research-backed and evidence-based literacy practices.
Statistics show that students who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade have ahigher riskfor drug usage, incarceration, unemployment, and poverty. These behaviors correlate with not having access to build confidence in learning. We have the power to change students’ life trajectories, with literacy.