Each NUSD elementary and K-8 school library has been infused with more than a hundred culturally diverse books. As part of our major focus on literacy and in support of our Core Value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, also referred to as DEI, our students are able to read books that represent the colorful diverse community of Natomas. Each elementary school held its own DEI Literacy Night which was led by the school’s Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) with the support of site staff. Families were invited to enjoy dinner and participate in literacy activities. While there, staff and teachers read books aloud to the families, books were raffled, a gallery of student work was available for viewing along with information about the authors, and students and families were encouraged to read to one another as part of family time together.
Written by a wide range of diverse authors, the books highlight cultural experiences, notable cultural figures, and books that reinforce the self-acceptance of one’s uniqueness. “The books reflect stories about people who look like them, who have similar stories as them, and experiences as them,” shares Jenevie Basaldua, one of the Teachers on Special Assignment.
“My son had been looking forward to it (DEI Night), so I wanted to make sure that we attended because reading is definitely important for me,” said Nicole Snowden, a parent of a Bannon Creek student.
The books will be available to be checked out by mid-December.
As part of our continued effort to keep our families and staff updated about our progress in supporting students in the area of literacy, we are excited to share the launch of our NUSD Literacy Website. This website will provide resources, information, and continuous communication about our student’s writing focus, and the growth shown by our students. To access the webpage, please click here.