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New CROSS-CURRICULAR CONTENT READERS for Grades K–3

Supporting Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy

Build Knowledge That Reflects the Diversity of Canadian Classrooms

Sankofa K–3 content readers will be your new favourite resource. Here’s why:

  • The authentic and relevant content is designed to promote Black excellence and African Canadian narratives.
  • Non-fiction selections invite students to build background knowledge to support the reading of the original fiction selections within each title.
  • Various text types and genres provide cross-curricular opportunities for students to identify and analyze different characteristics, patterns, features, literary devices, and elements of style.
  • All student books and teacher’s resources are available in both print and digital formats.

Sankofa celebrates the inspiring and complex histories, stories, and cultural legacies of people of African descent.

All Sankofa K–3 content readers:

  • have been written and reviewed by Canadian authors and consultants of African descent.
  • include both fiction and non-fiction selections that support global citizenship and focus on one of the following aspects of Ubuntu (“I am because we are”) — Relationships, Community, Environment, Identity & Belonging.
  • feature Think About It and Connect It activities that encourage comprehension by drawing on students’ background knowledge, encouraging them to make inferences and connections, confirm their predictions, and draw conclusions as they read and reread.

Each grade includes a 48-page teacher guide that includes information on culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy (CRRP) as well as detailed instructions to support evidence-based systematic and explicit instruction in foundational knowledge skills, including oral language, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension, and writing.

Series Consultant: Darcie Sutherland

Principal, Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Implementation Plan, YRDSB

Toronto-born Darcie Sutherland is a proud Afro-Latina (Honduras) and West Indian woman (Guyana). For the past 20 years, Sutherland has served to empower Black and marginalized students from K-12 in various capacities — as classroom educator, African/Caribbean Teacher Liaison, Vice Principal and Principal.

Darcie Sutherland is currently a Principal of Inclusive School and Community Services: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy in the York Region District School Board. She’s responsible for coordinating the implementation of York Region District School Board’s Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy. A significant part of the role includes supporting all YRDSB staff in acquiring the racial literacy skills needed to recognize, discuss, dismantle and disrupt racist ideologies that perpetuate the disparities that Black students face.

Reviewer Panel

  • Darcie Sutherland (YRDSB, ON) Principal, Dismantling Anti-Black Racism
    Strategy Implementation Plan
  • Sarah Adomako-Ansah (ECSD, AB) Teacher in Residence, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Racquel Brown (PDSB, ON) Co-ordinator, Literacy
  • Matthew Webbe (SCDSB, ON) Superintendent of Education
  • Maureen Kassy (Ecole du Park, SK) Elementary Teacher
  • George McAuley (LDCSB, ON) Teacher
  • Linette Ballantyne (TDSB, ON) Learning Coach, Elementary
  • Wendie Wilson (NS Teachers Union, NS) Executive Staff Officer BIPOC Engagement and Advocacy
  • Cicely Blain (BC) Writer, Activist
  • Jessica Amadi (RCSB, SK) Teacher, VP of Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
  • Karen Murray (TDSB, ON) Principal for Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
  • Tenisha Inengi (SK) Board of Directors, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

Black Canadian Authors

  • Cicely Blain
  • Coleen Birkett
  • Greg Birkett
  • Marsha Griffiths
  • Natalie Mascoll
  • Christian Mbanza
  • Tisha Nelson
  • Jay Williams
  • Rajean Willis
  • Wendie Wilson

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