Double Their Salaries!
It's back to school again, so why not send your favorite teacher over to the Annenberg Foundation's Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades or The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School? The resource for middle schools features the likes of Julia Alvarez, James McBride, Lensey Namioka, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Nikki Grimes, Shirley Sterling, Laura Tohe, Edwidge Danticat, An Na, Laurence Yep, Christopher Paul Curtis, Alma Flor Ada, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Paul Yee, Joseph Bruchac, Francisco Jiménez, and the rest (no, not the Professor and Mary Ann). Educators have to buy the videos, but the website is full of freebies that encourage and inspire those who teach between cultures (free registration may be required). Since I can't unilaterally pass the one piece of legislation that would revolutionize our nation (see subject line of this post), I can only hope this academic year will overflow with the intangibles that can make teaching such a joyous profession.