World Day of Social Justice
Date posted: February 20, 2013
February 20th is the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice. It is a good day to remember that literacy is an important factor in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity, and access to social well-being and justice for everyone.
Here are some of the resources in the Decoda library that look at social justice issues as they relate to literacy and to learners:
Advocacy research in literacy education: seeking higher ground.
Meredith Rogers Cherland and Helen J. Harper. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.
This book reviews advocacy research in literacy education. It addresses issues such as social justice, equity, democracy and the possibilities for social transformation. The authors believe that it is time for advocacy workers to promote the best literacy instruction that facilitates democratic life.
Lifelong learning and social justice: communities, work and identities in a globalised world.
Sue Jackson. Leicester: NIACE, 2011.
This work, designed for those who work in lifelong learning, provides information on supporting learners in a way that is consistent with social justice themes. Sections include sustaining communities, the interaction of learning and work, and constructing practitioner and learner identities within and around these roles.
Math that matters: a teacher resource linking math and social justice.
David Stocker. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Education Project, 2007.
Designed for grades 6 to 9, this resource contains 50 math lesson plans exploring the themes of justice, fairness and kindness.
Our difficult sunlight: a guide to poetry, literacy, & social justice in classroom & community.
Georgia A. Popoff and Quraysh Ali Lansana. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2010.
Two teaching poets with different backgrounds share their ways of using poetry, both reading it and writing it, to develop general literacy skills, improve reading comprehension, and support learning in content areas. It includes an exploration of creativity, self-expression, acceptance among diverse communities, and social justice. The lesson plans can be adapted to different grade/age levels.
Pedagogy of the oppressed.
Paulo Freire. New York: Continuum, 2000.
A classic that links education to social change, by one of the most influential educational thinkers of the 20th century.
Rethinking early childhood education.
Ann Pelo. Milwaukee, Wisc.: Rethinking Schools, 2008.
This book shows how educators can nurture empathy, an ecological consciousness, curiosity, collaboration, and activism in young children. It is an anthology of stories about social justice teaching with young children. Includes writing from childcare teachers, early-grade public school teachers, scholars, and parents.
Through the lens of social justice: using The Change Agent in adult education.
Andy Nash. Boston, MA: New England Literacy Resource Center/World Education, 2006.
“The Change Agent” is a publication designed to be used as a teaching tool for civic liberties in intermediate-level ESOL, ABE, GED and adult diploma classes. It is published twice a year. This book is presents a collection of The Change Agent’s best and most timeless pieces and a guide for educators in how to use the paper. The first chapter is an introduction to the many kinds of articles included in the paper, with specific strategies for using each type with students. The second chapter contains sample curriculum units for ABE, GED, and ESOL settings, modeling how teachers can create a series of thematic lessons that build level-appropriate skills. The third chapter is a series of reflective pieces written by educators who share their strategies for dealing with difficult issues in the classroom.
The library also has the following copies of The Change Agent available to borrow:
• Coming home from war (2010)
• Economic crisis (2009)
• Fashion: the power, the peril, and the passion (2010)
• Health: the big picture (2009)
• Peaceful tomorrows (2011)
• Staying safe in a toxic world (2011)
• What’s age got to do with it? (2012)
To borrow any or all of these books, email