The Windows and Mirrors Model
As a black girl growing up in a predominantly white community, I didn’t see much of myself in the books I was reading or the stories being told. I wanted to learn more about the people that looked like me and was hungry to explore the places my people came from. None of which was part of the standard district curriculum. Beginning in second grade I began making choices about who or what I studied, based on what was relevant to me. For a biography project, I chose a little known black historical figure, Marian Anderson. For my 5th grade geography project, I chose to study Kenya.
With an increasingly diverse school-age population, making school relevant to students is critical.