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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

ELT Reflects Humanity and Broadens Access in Its Publishing

A photograph of two students of color studying from a book together in what appears to be a library or study hall.

Much like all of the work at Michigan Publishing, the values of diversity and accessibility are woven into the English Language Teaching (ELT) list. Not only does the list serve multilingual teachers and students around the world, it supports accessibility through innovative content.

The deal with digi-minis:

  • 40-60 single-spaced pages or about 18,000 words
  • Limited art/figures/tables
  • No copyrighted material
  • Author copyright
  • High royalty rate as an incentive to produce quickly
  • $3 .99 Net price

A perfect example is the 2018 title: Refugee Students: What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know, which serves as an advocate for international students, immigrants, and refugees. It was published in the fall of 2018 to coincide with author Jeffra Flaitz being invited to several ESL Advocacy events based on her experience as an advocate in a detainee camp in 2016, her experience in the Florida public schools, and as a professor/teacher trainer (PhD in Linguistics).

“Teachers were thrilled to have a small guide to give to people that reinforce the truth about refugees and immigrants in the U.S. ahead of the 2018 elections,” said ELT Director Kelly Sippell. An expanded version is planned for 2020 due to the success of the book.

As one of ELT’s newest e-singles/digi-minis, Refugee Students is also an example of how the ELT list is broadening access through more easily accessible content. The e-singles were designed to not only attract new audiences of teachers—both local and abroad—but new authors. These works are short, easily digestible, low-cost ebooks on topics that can (and should) be updated—and often provide a good opportunity for authors to do so.

Teachers were thrilled to have a small guide to give to people that reinforce the truth about refugees and immigrants in the U.S. ahead of the 2018 elections.

- Kelly Sippell
ELT Director

“In some ways, it helps lure authors into the digital publishing world in a more ‘reasonable’ way, which can lead to thinking about their existing (or new) print content in new ways,” Sippell says.

The increased access also generates more speaking opportunities for authors to talk about their work internationally. These texts can also be included in massive open online courses, thus increasing the visibility of Michigan as an innovative ELT publisher in a “bit” / a la carte purchasing environment.

In some ways, it helps lure authors into the digital publishing world in a more reasonable way, which can lead to thinking about their existing (or new) print content in new ways.

- Kelly Sippell
ELT Director