Students at East Side are incredibly active readers, and the majority of the books have been used for independent choice reading. Many of our students also do research on the GLBTQ civil rights movements. Finally, a number of grades read whole-class novels with LGBTQ characters, and this collection offers research and extension activities.
We have multiple resource lists that are more specific--Trans Themes and Characters & Bisexual Themes and Characters, for example--and more are being made. Check the East Side catalog for these resource lists, or contact the librarian to get one made for you!
From the Introduction to the Toolskit: Learners have the freedom to speak and hear what others have to say, rather than allowing others to control their access to ideas and information, the school librarian’s responsibility is to develop these dispositions in learners, educators, and all other members of the learning community. (AASL, 2018a)
Improving and safeguarding LGBTQ+ collections positively impacts the social-emotional learning of all learners. Read on for ways to use the Shared Foundations from the AASL Standards–Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage–to build LGBTQ+-inclusive library instruction, collections, and spaces.
Teacher Sets are currently suspended, but hopefully soon they will be back!
The wonderful folks at MyLibraryNYC have added Teacher Sets that any school participating in MyLibraryNYC may borrow. A link to the borrowing page is below, but here is a list of the related Teacher Sets:
There are also titles of interest in the Great Books for 11th and 12th Grade set and Great Fiction for High School set.