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Here's something I want to see happen at every school in the St. Louis Region. Step 1. PTO purchase gift cards for every teacher in the building to Eyeseeme bookstore. Step 2. Every teacher go to EyeSeeMe to meet Pamela Blair and her staff for "the most incredible professional development." The reason why is what I heard at the Kirkwood school board meeting tonight, the report from Principal Jennifer Sisul updating actions taken as a result of the Task Force to Eliminate Opportunity & Achievement Gaps. The part where she talks about EyeSeeMe is so powerful -- starting at 19:55 in the video: https://www.facebook.com/KirkwoodSchoolDistrict/videos/1839984199351585/...

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Over the past five years, the American Booksellers Association has witnessed a resurgence in independent bookselling, yet the number of bookstores owned by African-Americans has continued to decline. Between 2002 and 2012, twothirds of black-owned bookstores closed, according to statistics compiled by Troy Johnson, founder of the AfricanAmerican Literature Book Club (AALBC). Of the roughly 400 stores that remained, more than half closed in 2013 and 2014. The closings continued in 2015, leaving only 67 black-owned bookstores at the end of January 2016. Despite tough times, booksellers and other entrepreneurs aren’t giving up. It was a personal connection that also...

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August 26, 2015 Marian Wright Edelman “When we think about what it is to be ‘connected,’ we think about memory. We think about history. We think about storytelling. All of these words that we hear—‘literacy,’ ‘inclusion,’ ‘diversity’—those are all words for connection . . . When I say to people ‘why do we need to have diverse books?’ it’s not because necessarily everybody needs to see themselves reflected in every book, but because we need that sense of connection. We need to live in a global sense.” As a new school year starts, many parents are making sure their children...

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