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Occasional Paper Series

The Occasional Paper Series is a forum for work that extends, deepens, and challenges the progressive legacy on which the College is built. The series seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy and to meet the interrelated demands of equity and excellence.

We are interested in research, practice, and policy-based papers from a broad array of theoretical perspectives. We encourage authors from within and outside the Bank Street community who employ either traditional or non-traditional representational strategies to submit their work for review.

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Occasional Paper Series #44

Facilitating Conversations on Difficult Topics in the Classroom: Teachers’ Stories of Opening Spaces Using Children’s Literature
Bank Street Occasional Paper Series #44 explores how educators can use children’s books to approach complicated, sensitive, and challenging topics with their students. Twelve essays share how educators use children’s literature as a tool to initiate delicate and thoughtful conversations in their classrooms and support children as they navigate their complex social, cultural, and emotional worlds.
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Series Spotlight

As our nation continues to grapple with a harrowing public health crisis and systemic racism, we’d like to highlight the following editions of the Occasional Paper Series, which can offer insight into how these issues and others translate into classrooms and other settings where children learn.