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Beyond Tolerance

Real World Literacy Teaching and Learning for PreK-6

Dierdre G. Paul

Beyond Tolerance is a hopeful, optimistic book focused on creating positive and sustained social change through engagement with beautiful, sometimes complex, and consistently interesting multiethnic children’s literature. It presents a fresh perspective on race and ethnicity. Additionally, it features an innovative approach to literacy teaching and learning through the use of multiethnic children’s literature in our preschools and throughout the elementary school grades. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 192Size: 6 3/8 x 9 3/8
978-1-4758-3324-9 • Hardback • March 2017 • $60.00 • (£39.95)
978-1-4758-3325-6 • Paperback • March 2017 • $30.00 • (£19.95)
978-1-4758-3326-3 • eBook • March 2017 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
Dr. Dierdre Glenn Paul, full professor at Montclair State University, is the author of four books, four book chapters, multiple journal articles and has made numerous presentations. Her most significant accomplishment, however, is being mom to two fantastic children.
Chapter III: What Are the Benefits of Multiethnic Children’s Literature? And Who Actually Benefits?
Appendix C: Coretta Scott King Book Awards – All Recipients, 1970-Present
Appendix F: Choosing Books for Independent Reading
Appendix G: K-3 Literacy Assessments, Reading Behaviors
Appendix G: Parent Questionnaire
Appendix H: Good Readers Poster
Appendix I: Informal Reading Conference
With Beyond Tolerance, Dierdre Glenn Paul illustrates that the whole of America is more complex than the sum of its parts. With the increased ethnic and linguistic diversity present in our schools, and the majority of educators non-representative of their students multiethnic backgrounds, Glenn Paul offers a solution to the challenge of teaching literacy in post-racial America: Reading and discussing multiethnic childrens literature reflective and inclusive of all cultures. An essential tool for all educators, from pre-service to veteran, this visionary text projects a optimistic message about the importance of creating a community of learners to examine modern issues of race and identity. A comprehensive historical overview of ethnic exclusion is woven seamlessly throughout. Specifically addressed is the current dilemma facing New Jerseys apartheid school districts in urban centers, which adds to the urgency of her message. Beyond Tolerance is indeed that: an honest, pragmatic approach that empowers teachers to be the facilitators of social change for future generations. It merits a place of distinction in every teachers professional library.
Maggie Churchill, ESL Coordinator, Closter Public Schools

Beyond Tolerance: Real World Literacy Teaching and Learning for PreK-6, Dierdre Glenn Paul discusses “America’s” relationship with its public schools, wide-ranging education policies, and countless literacy efforts to educate all students. Written to create positive and sustained social change through what Glenn Paul calls, “multiethnic children’s literature,” her voice is fittingly audible throughout the book. Poignant quotes open each chapter followed by rationale, recommendations, resources, or instructional strategies. At this time in our country’s existence, Glenn Paul’s attention to Black male students’ literacy development is especially welcome. Whether read from cover-to-cover or à la carte—Glenn Paul says either is fine—teachers, caregivers of young learners, and education stakeholders are sure to find something useful.

Danne Davis, associate professor, department of early childhood elementary and literacy education, Montclair State University