Jody N. Polleck

Oct 3, 2023

Facilitating Youth-Led Book Clubs As Transformative and Inclusive Spaces

Teachers College Press 2022

Facilitating Youth-Led Book Clubs as Transformative and Inclusive Spaces (Teachers College Press) teaches us how to integrate book clubs into secondary school communities for transformation and inclusion so as to enhance and nurture students’ literacies along with their social and emotional development. Using her extensive experiences with culturally, neurologically, and linguistically diverse students, Jody Polleck provides a rich resource that demonstrates how book clubs serve as critical places where adolescents can develop as readers while simultaneously working to build authentic relationships with their peers. Polleck offers research and theories grounded in culturally sustaining pedagogies and healing-centered engagements along with practical strategies for book club facilitators—from developing specific student-centered pedagogical approaches to embodying critical and humanizing dispositions.

Educate for Action is the accompanying website with suggested reading lists, teaching materials, classroom activities, and more.

Dr. Jody Polleck is a full professor and the program coordinator for literacy education at Hunter College in New York City. She began her work with urban adolescents in 1994 as an outreach counselor in Washington, D.C. for displaced youth. In 1999, she received her Master’s in English education and worked as a high school reading and English teacher for emerging readers and writers. In 2002, Jody received National Board Certification for adolescent English language arts; and in 2003, she accepted a full-fellowship to New York University where she completed her doctoral degree in English education. Jody is a 2019 Fulbright scholar. Her current research focuses on culturally sustaining literacy instruction and its intersections with healing-centered and culturally-affirming social emotional learning. She has published in over 25 books and journals including ALAN Review, Contemporary Issues in Technology and and Teacher Education, English Journal, High School Journal, Journal of Teaching Writing, Literacy Research and Instruction, Preventing School Failure, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Reading Horizons, and Teacher Education Quarterly. Facilitating Youth-led Book Clubs as Transformative and Inclusive Spaces is her first book.

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