September 16, 2022

Banned Book Week Activities

Check out some of IDRA’s activities during Banned Books Week!

Back a Book! Social Media Challenge

September 18-24, 2022

For Banned Books Week, IDRA is building a reading list for students to combat classroom censorship and book bans.

You can help! What is your favorite book?

Tell us what books should be on the list!

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Give Book Bans the Boot – Webinar for Students

Monday, September 19 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CT

Student-led webinar held by Children’s Defense Fund-Texas and IDRA.

Let’s give book bans the boot! Join us for Banned Books Week 2022 as students demand a seat at the table in policymaking that directly affects their education and livelihoods. Certain leaders in power should not decide what students can and cannot learn about. Censorship has skyrocketed in classrooms and school libraries, but with the power of organized youth, you can make a difference in your local community. Attend this free interactive webinar to learn how to engage in the fight for an inclusive education.

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The Censored Classroom: Why Book Bans and Restrictive Policies Hurt Us All – Webinar

Monday, September 19 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT

Join the Center for Educators & Schools in a conversation about how classroom censorship policies weaken the quality of education.

Book bans and classroom censorship policies are sweeping the nation. Join the Center for Educators & Schools in a conversation about how classroom censorship policies weaken the quality of education and negatively affect educators, students, and society at large.

Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., IDRA Deputy Director of Policy, will discuss what the current censorship landscape looks like today, where teachers can find resources to learn more, and what this means for the future of the teaching profession.

This event is open to all educators across the country and is part of the New York Public Library’s Banned Books Week.

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Strategies for Using Books to Promote SEL – IDRA Webinar

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm CT

Social emotional learning (SEL) is integral to student success in the classroom. It helps students develop the necessary skills to regulate their own emotions as well as build and maintain relationships with peers and teachers.

Research shows that SEL activities can lead to “improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others and school.”

Through IDRA’s Re-energizing Leadership to Achieve Greater Student Success project, led by Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA provided coaching to school leadership teams who saw the need for building teacher capacity in SEL strategies.

In this webinar, Dr. Nilka Avilés and consultants Jeanne Cantu and Gerald Sharp will present the strategy of using interactive read alouds. Students can read about and hear how book characters respond to different behavioral and emotional situations that may be similar to their own. Since read alouds are a traditional component of classroom instruction, they are a natural and easily integrated vehicle for introducing and practicing social and emotional responses in the classroom. Interactive read alouds can readily be followed by extension activities, such as reader response, oral discussions, role playing and writing. And they and the extension activities will help build a sense of community in classrooms and support students in their interactions with others.

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Survey on the Effects of Classroom Censorship

How has classroom censorship affected you?

By design, the new School Resource Hub is responding to the needs of educators, students and families. Please help by letting us know how classroom censorship policies are affecting your classroom, your child or your own education. Help us spread the word!

Educator Survey
Student Survey
Family Survey (English)
Family Survey (Español)

Get Free Classroom Lessons on IDRA's We All Belong ~ School Resource Hub

We’re proud to release the following new original lessons created for you to access through our School Resource Hub.

The Real World: Understanding the Difference Education Makes 

Grades 7-8: Math


Grades 9-10: Debate, English Language Arts, Social Studies, U.S. Government, U.S. History

Leading the Fight with Lead 

Grades 6, 7, 8: Science

Say Her Name: Vice President Kamala Harris 

Grade 1: English Language Arts, Social Studies

Say Her Name: Michelle Obama 

Grade 2: English Language Arts

Say Her Name: Malala Yousafzai

Grade 2: English Language Arts

Say Her Name: Justice Sonia Sotomayor 

Grade 3: English Language Arts, Social Studies

Visit School Resource Hub

IDRA's Knowledge is Power is a national resource for educators and advocates to help you do your work for equity and excellence in education in the midst of classroom censorship policies.

See previous editions of Knowledge is Power and related resources online.

IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college.  
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