Sonja Cherry-Paul, a co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, is one of the writers who have broken ties with Heinemann. She created “Stamped (for Kids)” for another publisher from the popular young-adult book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
“Due to irreconcilable differences on the work of equity, inclusiveness, and antiracism, effective immediately, we are dissolving our professional development and publishing relationships with Heinemann,” Dr. Cherry-Paul and Tricia Ebarvia stated in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday.
Dr. Cherry-Paul served as the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s director of diversity and equity before joining Professor Calkins’ team at Columbia. Since Dr. Cherry-Paul left that position in May, no one has taken over.
Vicki Boyd, who was the publisher’s general manager at the time, referred to the editing procedure as “inherently defective, at best, and, at worst, a breach of Heinemann’s deeply ingrained values” in a July 7 email that The New York Times was able to get.
“We have been meeting with members of the author community one on one over the last week to listen to their issues and concerns,” she stated in reference to the protest among Heinemann authors.
Heinemann has announced that Ms. Boyd is leaving the company.
The new Calkins curriculum will be published later this year, according to a written statement from Heinemann, which also noted that “under new leadership, a comprehensive editorial review of the upcoming edition of ‘Units of Study’ is being conducted, in strict adherence to H.M.H.’s content, equity, inclusion and diversity guidelines.”