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HCS Diverse Literature Initiative

autumm jeter holding new books

September 27, 2019

(HCS) - Students across Hoover City Schools will have access to the most diverse set of literature to date thanks to a pilot program that began in September across the district.  Known as the Diverse Literature Initiative (DLI), the program aims to expose students to multicultural texts in order to gain better understandings of others’ backgrounds - as well as their own.

The district has purchased new volumes to be placed in classrooms and libraries across the district.  Titles include Just Mercy, The Boy in the Black Suit, Harbor Me, and Sunny - among others. 

“This initiative shows our commitment to engage and foster empathy through diverse literature,” program overseer Dr. Autumm Jeter, HCS Director of Curriculum and Instruction, said.

teacher with book Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Gwin Elementary, Green Valley Elementary are participating in this pilot program along with all HCS middle and high schools.  Dr. Jeter leads a committee of nine teachers who form the DLI. To participate, students complete a pre-and-post assessment. Then, they are encouraged to complete a cumulative survey at the conclusion of the book study.

DLI builds on the “Cover to Cover District Book Club” that began a few years back by former Chief Academic Officer Dr. Cindy Adams.  “Cover to Cover” encouraged the reading and exploration of more diverse book titles for Hoover schools.

DLI committee members, teachers and others plan to generate interest in the Diverse Literature Committee on social media by using #HCSDLI and posting photos/video whenever possible.