Reading with Relevance turns great books into GREAT instruction.

Reading with Relevance is an evidence-based program that guides students and educators through the process of reading culturally relevant, socially and emotionally rich literature. The curriculum breaks high-interest diverse books into a series of thoughtful lesson plans.

Each lesson is designed to support educators to explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading — inspiring students to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.


Reading with Relevance unites cultural responsiveness, academic instruction, and SEL. The collection itself is based around culturally relevant and diverse texts, creating ‘windows and mirrors’ where students have ample opportunities to learn about and reflect on their own lives and the lives of others. This promotes deep awareness of and respect for diversity along with opportunities to build self-awareness.”

~The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

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The Reading with Relevance curriculum “portrays accurately and equitably the cultural and racial diversity of American society,” and has been approved by the California Department of Education for meeting the state’s Social Content Framework.

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Ghost Boys Teacher's Guide

How do we support students to think critically about the social justice issues that affect their lives and communities, and make meaning of the legacy of systemic racism that we’re grappling with as a nation? Start the conversation with our first free teacher’s guide.

Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ghost Boys centers the stories of three young people grappling with the impacts of racism on their lives and experiences. Our guide for exploring this novel is a practical, easy-to-use resource for engaging the young people in your classroom, and your life, in empathy-building conversations about racism and injustice in America today.