Change the Narrative (CTN) is a culturally responsive literacy program developed at Line4Line.  With funding from the Pennington Foundation, we piloted the program during the 2021-22 school year and will continue during the 2022-23 school year. This curriculum pairs art activities with books written by BIPOC authors and about BIPOC characters and stories to develop cultural awareness, support social emotional learning, and foster students to identify as readers, learners, and creators.  Funds United Way allowed us to extend the CTN curriculum by piloting a monthly circulating classroom library curated in collaboration with teachers to add culturally relevant texts across the curriculum.

The program consists of 6 weekly lessons featuring a grade-level appropriate BIPOC book and an embedded arts lesson for first through fifth grades. Lessons are aligned to Louisiana student standards and follow an equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy.

The goals of CTN are to 1) engage students with texts that celebrate diversity; 2) develop material rich arts-based lessons that explore STEAM concepts, support problem solving, and build skills; 3) create opportunities to support social emotional learning.

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When there are enough books available that can act as both mirrors and windows for all our children, they will see that we can celebrate both our differences and our similarities, because together they are what make us all human. (Rudine Sims Bishop)”