One of the authors who have severed ties with Heinemann is Sonja Cherry-Paul, co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. For another publisher, she adapted the book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi into “Stamped (for Kids).”
“Effective immediately, we are dissolving our professional development and publishing relationships with Heinemann due to irreconcilable differences on the work of equity, inclusion, and antiracism,” Dr. Cherry-Paul and Tricia Ebarvia stated in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday.
Before joining Professor Calkins’ team at Columbia, Dr. Cherry-Paul was the director of diversity and equity for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. No one has filled in for Dr. Cherry-Paul, who left the position in May.
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A July 7 email obtained by The New York Times from publisher general manager Vicki Boyd refers to the editing process as “inherently defective” or “a breach of Heinemann’s deeply ingrained values.”
Over the last week, we have been meeting with members of the author community to hear their concerns and issues,” she said in reference to the Heinemann authors’ protest.
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This year will see the publication of a new Calkins curriculum by Heinemann, which stated that “under new leadership… a comprehensive editorial review is being conducted, in strict compliance with H.M.H’s content, equity and inclusion, and diversity guidelines.” The new curriculum will be published later this year, according to a statement from Heinemann.
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