Links Below is a Compiled List of some of our Empowering Resources by topic:
Other PublishersOrganizationsLGBTQIBooksCreativityPresence**The links below will open in a new window**

Other Publishers:

Children’s Book Press – an imprint of Lee & Low Books publishes multicultural and bilingual literature for children. Maya has several books with this press, including her most recent book that she both wrote and illustrated, Call Me Tree. Children’s Book Press was originally a non-profit publisher founded by Harriet Rohmer and became an imprint of Lee&Low in 2012.

Blood Orange Press – an independent publisher founded by Janine Macbeth committed to filling literary gaps, not broadening them; filling them with stories that counteract stereotypes and limitation. There mission is to be a literary home that recognizes, inspires, and strengthens diverse readers.

Rosetta Press – an independent publisher founded by Zetta Elliott committed to publishing books that reveal, explore, and foster a black feminist vision of the world. Books for kids to adults.

Organizations:

National Art Education Association – the leading professional organization for art educators in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 as well as college and university professors and researchers, administrators, and museum educators. The mission of NAEA is to promote art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

EdChange – is dedicated to diversity and equity in schools, organizations, communities, society. They believe that true change can happen only when people, and particularly people with power, allow themselves to be vulnerable to difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, dialogue.

Teaching Tolerance – One of the primary goals of Teaching Tolerance is to advance and support the creation of inclusive and equitable K-12 school communities.

Moving Forward Institute – In 2012, Reflection Press began providing graphic design and illustration services to create the overall look and feel for Moving Forward Institute’s Guided Reading Curriculum, Reading with Relevance. Custom and book-specific graphics were created by artist and cofounder, Maya Gonzalez to complement the lesson plans and student handouts. The overall graphic design and layout by Matthew mixes ease of use with an engaging and fun organization.
About their curriculum: Reading with Relevance uses culturally-relevant and highly engaging literature and empowers educators to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of their students.

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LGBTQI:

Out Proud Families – is a place to find resources, information, perspectives and connections for supporting families, caregivers and other important people in the lives of children and youth of diverse gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. Out Proud Families has a special focus on developing and sharing resources for families and youth of diverse cultural backgrounds.

COLAGE – a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. COLAGE builds community and works toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.

Gender Spectrum – provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. They put on an annual conference devoted to the needs of families raising kids who do not conform to society’s traditional gender expectations.

Transgender Law Center – works with community members and allies to make California a state in which we can all fully and freely express our gender identities. If you’re in California and have questions about their work, your rights, or the best way to create a non-discriminatory education, health care, employment, or business environment, contact them.

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Books:

Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood – by A.S. Neill
Neill is the founder of Summerhill School, a radical “free school” located in Suffolk, England that is now run by Neill’s daughter, Zoë. Founded in 1921, it continues to be an influential model for progressive, democratic education around the world.

My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein – In My Gender Workbook, Bornstein has assembled a collage of simple exercises, quizzes, puzzles, and essay questions that systematically break down our ingrained ideas about how women and men–and whoever is in between–should act.

Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
by Joan Roughgarden – In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation.

All I Want to Be is Me
by Phyllis Rothblatt – An illustrated children’s book that reflects the diverse ways that young children experience and express their gender identity.

Be Who You Are
by Jennifer Carr, illustrated by Ben Rumback – An illustrated children’s book created to open minds and hearts to the concept of children who do not identify with their birth gender.

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Creativity:

Creativity in the curriculum – Excerpt from the article: A school with creativity at the heart of the learning process will benefit by increasing the motivation of staff and pupils, says former head, Dave Weston. In this article and case study, he shows the way to more imaginative approaches to curriculum planning.

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Presence:

Peter Levine: Somatic Experiencing® – developed by Dr. Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing® is based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. SE® restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness. Our Claiming Face curriculum embeds some of the tools of SE® into the philosophy.

Eckhart Tolle – one of the leading authors discussing the transformative and dynamic effects of presence on life and consciousness.

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