Eagle Academy schools founder compiles library with models for students of color – QNS.com

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The founder of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, who runs one of his schools in St. Albans, knows how important it is to present positive role models to his students.

David Banks, President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation has organized – in collaboration with Scholastic – a new collection of K-5 books featuring authentic and very interesting texts that celebrate the stories of black and Latino boys. , some of the most historically most under-represented people in children’s literature.

The ‘Rising Voices Library’ features non-fiction, biographical and fictional titles paired with educational materials designed to help foster wealthy class communities through in-depth discussions of social justice and identity development, helping students become independent thinkers and leaders.

“The success of the Eagle Academy Foundation model demonstrates that young men of color thrive in academic environments where their identities are reinforced. When I worked with Scholastic to organize the “Rising Voices Library” collection, I wanted to extend the reach of our educational philosophy to classrooms across America, ”Banks said. “Positioning young men of color to succeed is to teach them that they can dream as big as the protagonists of their favorite novels. We owe it to all students to provide them with literature that can elevate their confidence, their love of reading and their curiosity about the world.

The Complete “Rising Voices Library” for K-5 levels includes 300 books, including two copies of 25 different titles per grade level, in addition to storage bins and book stickers for organization. Guides for teachers that describe instructional support for educators at each grade level with implementation strategies for integrating texts into book clubs, whole class, small groups, and reading and teaching cards independent associated with each anchor text, including suggestions for exploring the text as interactive reading – aloud, building vocabulary, practicing reading strategies and extending learning through writing, discussion and art.

“Classroom libraries set the tone for the types of learning experiences and conversations about books that students will have throughout the school year,” said Michael Haggen, director of studies at Scholastic Education. “It is essential that every child’s classroom library contains a wide range of stories, characters and formats so that children see themselves reflected in the books around them and have the opportunity to learn from life. and the experiences of others. We are proud to work with David C. Banks to organize the Rising Voices Library and change the scope of education by bringing positive role models to classrooms around the world. “

For the 2018-2019 school year, 98% of seniors graduated from Eagle Academies and 100% of the 2019 class were accepted to university. Eagle Academies has an 86 percent overall graduation rate for black students, 27 percent higher than the national average.

For more information on Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, visit the company’s media room at https://mediaroom.scholastic.com.


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