Project Ready 12 week Program
Join fellow youth librarians as we go through the Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth (https://ready.web.unc.edu/) course together. Attendees need to commit to attending at least 10 of the 12 sessions. Sessions will not be recorded. Open to school and public librarians.
The Project READY curriculum addresses this gap in existing professional development opportunities for youth services library staff. The curriculum aims to do the following:
- introduce youth services library staff to research in areas such as race and racism, critical theory, and culturally responsive or sustaining pedagogy.
- establish a shared understanding of foundational concepts and issues related to race, racism, and racial equity.
- encourage self-reflection related to race and racial identity for both white and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) library staff in public and school libraries.
- amplify the work of practitioners and scholars who are providing inclusive and culturally responsive services for youth of color and Indigenous youth.
- provide concrete strategies for creating and/or improving library programs and services for Black youth, Indigenous youth, and children and teens of color.
No matter where you are on your own personal and professional racial equity journey, this curriculum offers opportunities to deepen and extend your understanding.