Dorothy Chiffriller Venditto is the director of Enlightened Schools who spent many years teaching in the classroom and providing professional development for fellow educators on issues of social justice and equity.
Employing a combination of theoretical frameworks, reflection exercises, and primary lessons, Venditto provides educators with a practitioner’s guide to identify gender equity issues and create gender-inclusive classrooms. For example, using the "Listening and Looking Tours" in chapter 2, educators may assess the gender equity in their classrooms. Chapter 3 then considers how to develop students into change agents, how to engage parents as "gender-equity partners," and how to develop a classroom action plan. Venditto discusses how creating a solid plan of action can drive positive change and shift organizational culture to facilitate school-wide gender equity. She provides step-by-step information on engaging in a school-wide program by creating a team charter, forming the right leadership team, developing the action plan, and engaging parents. Two chapters offer primary and intermediate lesson plans that help teachers engage students about gender issues. The final chapter provides educators with resources that may allow them to further engage in gender equity assessment and exercises. Overall, this is an excellent text for practitioners looking for lesson plans and reflection exercises to bring gender equity into their elementary school classrooms. Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals.
To learn more about Dorothy Venditto check out https://enlightenedschools.com.