How will you invest in your learning this year? We’ve chosen these shared materials for your department because they inspire us to think about what it means to “practice” language in diverse ways.

“Periferias” invites us to focus on the periphery: the stories of marginalized people, places and animals around the globe. Written in Spanish, these short stories and gorgeous illustrations by the artist Ricardo Cavolo explore, center and celebrate non-dominant narratives. What might it look like to bring these stories into the classroom, or to prepare new ones that aren’t included here?

“Grandma Grandpa Cook” is a Chinese-English collection of 40 stories that celebrate the grandmas and grandpas who came to Hong Kong from China as settlers before the Second World War. Full of photos, recipes, and personal narratives, this is more than a cookbook: It pushes us to think about how to tell stories through - yes - language, but also through food and photography. What would it look like to em- ulate this volume as a final project, at any language ability level?

In “This is How We Do It,” Matt Lamothe illustrates the daily lives of seven kids around the globe. While written for children, we find inspiration in the ways that it uses accessible language to offer a window into the experiences of folks around the world whose lives may be unfamiliar to us. “This is How I Do It” invites us to tell our own stories, too.

“I AM Everything Affirmation Cards” are an acknowledgement that while teaching will be tough this year, you already possess the amazing qualities you need to thrive in and beyond your class- room. You can use them with yourself or your young people for affirmation as needed.