New Book by School of Education Faculty

University Libraries is pleased to support and collaborate with the School of Education in recognition of their faculty’s recently published book, Inclusive Texts in Elementary Classrooms. We will be celebrating with authors, Dr. Amy Heineke and Dr. Aimee Papola-Ellis, at a book launch on Thursday, September 22.

Many of the books referenced in Inclusive Texts in Elementary Classrooms are owned by Loyola University Chicago Libraries. Learn more about how you can borrow Inclusive Texts or purchase the book as well as other titles from our library research guide.

During the week of September 26, we will also feature Inclusive Texts and many inclusive books at special display areas in Cudahy Library (Lake Shore Campus) and Lewis Library (Water Tower Campus).

Learn how to put children’s diverse and storied experiences at the center of the curriculum. Kids thrive when they see themselves in texts, and this book offers actionable ways for educators to create more inclusive content. Based on the authors’ work with elementary school teachers over the last decade, this resource offers strategies for moving away from canonical texts. The authors present a four-part framework for selecting, using, and engaging students with texts that promote children’s identity development, literacy engagement and comprehension, and learning across the content areas. The practical text provides guidance for setting learning goals that align with relevant standards and curricular directives, as well as classrooms examples, teaching strategies, and reflective questions.

Book Features: An actionable way for teachers to move from theory to practice, using what we know about culturally relevant practice and critical literacy to create instruction that enhances children’s classroom experiences and learning. An inclusive and intersectional approach that supports all teachers in enhancing their classroom libraries and curricular resources for the benefit of all students. Specific ideas for texts and authors, as well as more generalizable themes and ideas that will guide future exploration and use of texts in classrooms. Tangible strategies and rich classrooms examples from 20 expert teachers spanning diverse elementary school settings. Reflective questions to help practitioners personalize the content to their own contexts.

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