Scholastic Teams Up with 5 Female Leaders to Debut New "Rising Voices" K-5 Classroom Library Collection to Empower Girls in STEAM
NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic has announced the launch of Rising Voices: Books Empowering Girls in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). This new classroom library collection provides K–5 students and educators with culturally relevant and representative books paired with teaching materials, designed to enrich identity development, build literacy skills, and support CASEL-aligned social-emotional learning. Despite representing nearly half of the U.S. workforce, women made up only 27% of those employed in science, technology, engineering, and math in 20191. Among the women who have made it into this workforce, few are women of color. Rising Voices: Books Empowering Girls in STEAM showcases girls and women as protagonists succeeding in a variety of STEAM fields, and celebrates inspiring stories of curiosity, creative problem-solving, leadership, collaboration, persistence, and vision. With the inclusion of select titles focused on the arts, this collection recognizes artistic pursuits for the value they bring to society and for their significance in enhancing STEM efforts.
Learn more about the Scholastic Rising Voices Library series: www.scholastic.com/risingvoicessteam.
To help amplify this important mission in classrooms nationwide, Scholastic has teamed up with five mentors who are powerhouses in their respective STEAM fields:
The complete K–5 collection features a comprehensive teacher's guide, access to a digital resource website, and 150 engaging, authentic texts such as The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle; Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone; and Harlem's Little Blackbird by Renée Watson. With implementation strategies, discussion prompts, tips for creating safe environments for difficult conversations, and more, teachers gain the tools to foster student-led learning and create a safe, inclusive classroom environment.
Rising Voices: Books Empowering Girls in STEAM is the second collection in the Rising Voices Library series, which aims to shine a spotlight on those whose contributions and potential are often overlooked. It follows the successful first collection, Rising Voices: Books Celebrating Black and Latino Boys, created with David C. Banks, President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation.
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1 United States Census Bureau, Women Are Nearly Half of U.S. Workforce but Only 27% of STEM Workers (January 26, 2021). https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/01/women-making-gains-in-stem-occupations-but-still-underrepresented.html.
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