Read Woke Across America Week

Read Across America week is an exciting time for students and teachers across the world!  It is a time to celebrate reading!  Many schools have used this opportunity to also celebrate Dr. Seuss and his contribution to literature.  In light of recent news about black face and minstrel caricatures found in Dr. Seuss’s work, many…

Making “Good Trouble”!

“Thank you for getting in trouble!” John Lewis said. “Good trouble.” This year at the 2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit we made “good trouble”! Inspired by Civil Right’s Leader John Lewis’ words, The School Library Journal(SLJ) created a magnificent conference! John Lewis’ parents told him to stay out of trouble. He worked with the…

Teen Read Week Community Involvement

  This year for Teen Read Week we celebrated and awarded students for “Reading Woke.”  The Read Woke Challenge is a incentive based reading program that rewards students for reading books that: • Challenge a social norm • Give voice to the voiceless • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised • Seek…

Teen Read Week Dollar General Grant

  This year for Teen Read Week we will be celebrating using my Read Woke Challenge.  I am so excited about the opportunities that this grant will provide for our students and community.  Thanks to a grant provided by Dollar General and YALSA, I will be able to provide incentives for students who complete the…

Prom Book Fashion Show

Imagine beautiful evening gowns, strobe lights, and a live DJ. No, it’s not the Academy Awards.   No, it’s not your regular fashion show; it’s a Book Fashion Show.  I had the idea to have a prom book fashion year in the school library because I wanted to promote reading and the school prom.  I reached…

5 Tips for New Teachers

Being a 1st year new teacher can be a scary time. But student teachers have had experience, student teaching, right?  Wrong.  New teachers have been in an controlled environment where they were supported by a veteran teacher.  A veteran teacher, who was deemed worthy to house a student teacher which is no small feat.  Everyone…