Why am I so nervous?
The lights and the stage don’t scare me. The topic of our presentation is something I’ve lived, day in and day out, for a few years now. The faces in the crowd, the silence begging to be filled, the words I’ve rehearsed over and over…none of that scares me.
Is it because I want so badly for ears to hear our message? Is it because I’ve been afforded this massively important opportunity to share this message?
Late this afternoon, at the NCTE Conference, I will share the stage with some very important teachers. These women, like me, believe that inclusivity is something that we must address intentionally.
I’ll spend every second of my allotted time sharing how I’m moving my classroom library from something that reflects traditional, mainstream texts to one that is more inclusive. One that invites students to read books that give them a better opportunity to see themselves on the pages and a better opportunity to see themselves in this world.
Please join us this afternoon at 4:15 in 361 C.