above: some titles from an anti-racist book list Gordon shared with representatives from Barnes & Noble yesterday. The full list is here and more recent anti-racist resources are at www.gordonschool.org/antiracismresources
Yesterday, eight members of Gordon’s team spent the afternoon with representatives from Barnes & Noble. The company reached out for advice on how to support educators who are doing anti-racist, anti-bias work in the classroom.
As Barnes and Noble explained in their initial outreach, “We sell books, but we are not the experts,” and Gordon’s professionals were able to lead them a lively conversation that went beyond simple book recommendations to include ways to help increase access to quality books, hosting live and virtual booktalks, and how to more effectively organize their selections in stores and online.
Gordon’s representatives included administrators as well as teachers from all three divisions of the school, as well as Gordon’s librarian.
The invitation to talk about anti-racist education was one of many Gordon has been fielding in recent weeks, including the KidLit4BlackLives and Sesame Workshop panels Dr. Thomas López served on in June.