Irene Eizen, Temple University; and Gary Plummer, Sanctuary School
Using children’s literature, the lives, challenges and accomplishments of diverse achievers will be presented. Ways in which diverse achievers learned and applied with rigor the skills that made them great will be highlighted. One of the goals of the presentation is to emphasize the critical importance of perseverance and hard work as components of great achievement. This presentation will concentrate on diverse achievers who are African American, using children’s books written primarily by African American authors. The books will be recent publications, copyrights of 2015-2021. An important goal of the presentation will be for participants of all races and cultures to learn about the contributions of numerous well-known and not so well-known African Americans who have made great contributions to society through their achievements. One common thread will be noted, that each achiever took advantage of opportunity and accomplished goals through hard work and perseverance, often in the face of adversity. Teachers and parents of elementary school children will be presented discussion questions for use with their children, either as parent to child or teacher to a group of students. A detailed bibliography of children’s literature that includes highly diverse achievements will be made available.