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Celebrating the Stories of Black and Latino Boys

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Our Commitments

We believe that we can change the scope of education across the country by committing to the following goals:

Positive Representation

Elevate classroom libraries with engaging books that are representative of students' complex and rich cultures

Culturally Responsive Instruction

Provide teachers with tools to implement curriculum that uses historical context to facilitate challenging and inspiring discussion

Unifying Students

Use social-emotional learning to teach children the importance of celebrating people whose stories have been historically underrepresented

David Banks

Meet David C. Banks

David C. Banks is the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City.

Scholastic has partnered with David C. Banks to curate collections of culturally relevant nonfiction, biographical, and fiction titles that highlight the stories of the most underrepresented literary protagonists in our classrooms: boys of color. By fostering a classroom community that supports positive representation and equity, we can help students of all backgrounds benefit from widening the scope of their world through books and exploration.

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What Does Equity Mean to You?

What Does Equity Mean to You?

Equity in education requires putting systems in place so all students can succeed, but what does that mean in practice?

How Can a Principal Support Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Principal Support for CRT

Watch as David C. Banks shares how principals can support culturally responsive teaching

The Rising Voices Library Overview

Rising Voices Library Overview

Join David C. Banks as he shares an overview of the groundbreaking Rising Voices Library

The Rising Voices Framework

The Rising Voices Framework

The books in this library have been curated with the five Rising Voices themes in mind:


  1. Family, Culture, and Community
    How can I help others around me? How do others enrich my life and make me feel safe and protected?
  2. Someone Like Me/Memorable Characters
    How does learning that the people in these books are like me or like people I know help me better understand myself and the world?
  3. Heroes and Role Models
    What qualities make someone a hero? What lessons can I learn from the courageous actions of people from the past?
  4. Strong and Resilient/Problem Solvers
    What qualities help people succeed when they face challenges?
  5. Thinking beyond Today
    What can I learn from how the people in books dream and plan for the future? How do people of vision imagine what they want to achieve and then make what they imagine a reality?

Enhance Identity Development with Social-Emotional Learning

Our research-based instruction gives educators student-centered cooperative learning strategies driven by social-emotional learning to bring literacy achievement to the classroom and beyond.

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