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I’m kind of unsure how to actually implement all parts of the program so any advice you can give would be great. How would you explain how to implement the program from start to finish?
To begin the process, I suggest that you poll your students and teachers about issues they feel are important. Consider your demographics. Make sure you have books that reflect the demographics of your school while also providing windows into other cultures.
Do a diversity audit of your collection to see where there is a deficit? How many books do you have by African-American authors that are not about slavery or the Civil Rights movement?How many books about LGBTQ teens do you have in your collection?
How did you originally advertise?
After determining your community needs, then begin purchasing books or promoting that meet the needs of your community. You can promote by using social media, Read Woke book tastings, flyers, or you can use my student created video. Click here to view. You can also advertise during Freshman orientation and scrolling announcements. I have found the greatest success from working with classroom teachers.
Do you do the program through classes or is it open to everyone?
The program is open to anyone. Even teachers can take the challenge.
Is there any accountability?
Once the teachers buy in, you can allow them to track the students’ progress or I use a Google form and weekly book club meetings.
Do students actually sign up for the program?
Yes! Students sign up via a Google form and they supply their contact information so that I can reach out to them throughout the year.
Do you have a current list of books beyond the Bingo card?
I write a bi-monthly column in School Library Journal with new titles. See page 25 of the September 2019 issue. I use a free bingo maker site to make the cards
Do you mind if I use your trademarked phrase Read Woke to make shirts?
I don’t mind as long as the shirts are being used as prizes and not for profit. I want the students to benefit from Read Woke and not be charged. I do have a Read Woke fundraising pageif you would like to purchase shirts from there or you can make your own shirts. If you make your own shirts, our school would greatly appreciate a donation of any amount to our Meadowcreek Community fund to show thanks. Please email Lynnette.Aponte@gcpsk12.org to support our school reading program.
Visit my website: www.readwoke.com for more information.