Creating Equitable Classrooms: Part 2 of a Conversation with Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth and Caitlin L. Ryan

In the forward to their book, Reading the Rainbow, Mariana Souto-Manning asks, “Will you commit to justice in and through your teaching?” Jill and Caitlin challenge teachers at all levels to expand our own lgbtq literacy into our curriculum and pedagogical commitments. They discuss the uses of literature in creating inclusive classrooms through the use of mirror books (that reflect readers back to them) and window books (that give readers insight into another person’s experience). They honor the knowledges of their students (both in the elementary and preservice teacher classrooms). And they invite us to be participants in an ongoing conversation about how to teach and live out justice in the classroom.