[aisle] #metoo - navigating and teaching with books about sexual assault

Paula Wyatt plwyatt at cps.edu
Sun Jul 21 21:28:27 CDT 2019

Curious to see if anyone responds to this. I was once in a PD through Chicago Humanities.  There was a woman from CPS  there who spoke about books we present can open up someone, but as teachers we have a responsibility to close them as well.  That was gist... she said it much more eloquently.  

I would like to know more about how others close a discussion on topics that are emotional and a potential trigger.  How do they prepare.  What are some guidelines etc. 

Please share what you hear back from others.


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> On Jul 21, 2019, at 2:50 PM, Thorstenson, Kara via AISLE <aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> We are curious if anyone's school, English department or district has policies or guidelines for teachers, parents or students on teaching with, or students reading and writing about, books that deal with sexual assault/harrassment. 
> Something like Speak by Anderson was always a popular checkout in my school library but we never taught with it as part of the curriculum. I know there are many more contemporary titles that deal with these kinds of topics that are crucially important for teens but I don't have much guidance on best practices for how they can be used/safety against challenges, etc.
> Any info you have would be very helpful!!
> Thanks,
> Kara
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