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Liberation Literacies: Teaching for Social Justice

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This week on the Heinemann blog, we’re sharing a series on Language in the Classroom. The series was inspired by an article published by NPR on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, on the ways we teach English Learners in our country. While the NPR article was specific to English Learners, our hope is to use that as a jumping off point to broader topics of language instruction in the classroom. Each day this week we will feature articles, excerpts and insights directly from Heinemann authors and affiliates that further the conversation surrounding language diversity in the classroom, the challenges it presents, and what we know works.


Liberation Literacies: Teaching for Social Justice 

By Jamila Lyiscott


Students: “Miss, we can’t be speakin’ in class like we speak in the hood. We leave that stuff at the door”

Me: “Why?”

Students: “‘Cause it’s not proper”

Me: “Why?”

Students: “‘Cause….”  

“I refuse to accept a world where my language is deemed worthless in the classroom while it clearly has the power to garner billions for a private corporation.” —Me

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