Teacher Names: Janelle Bence, Clay Greenwalt, Sam Uglow
Purpose and Rationale: Reading isn't strictly an academic exercise. We read for empathy, research, and entertainment, but how can we make reading more a part of our campus culture? Book clubs. Facilitators will choose a high-interest title and co-facilitate book club meetings during Fabulous Flex Friday. Learners will be able to be a part of the book club of their choice. Not only will these book clubs help to enrich and engage learners to read more, but they will also serve as an additional way for facilitators and learners to bond over shared experiences. It is also possible for parents and other community members to join when proper procedures take place beforehand.
This project addresses each of the four district core values. We engage more members of our community through partnerships as well as allowing this to be a non-graded activity. We encourage great teaching because educators are modeling reading while also co-facilitating discussions with learners. Deeper learning can happen as a result. We are building relationships by creating additional opportunities where learners, educators, and other partners can connect for a shared purpose. We are valuing the diverse skills of our learners and educators through a more informal approach to literacy because success looks different for each individual.
Strategy: Both learners and facilitators will take a reading survey to see if there are any titles they are particularly interested in exploring. There may be a place on said surveys that highlights recent YA books as reference. Once some titles have been identified, facilitators and learners will join a book club of their choosing. Book club meetings will happen during flex Friday sessions. We would love for at least a third of our learners and facilitators to participate in the first round of our book clubs.
External Resources: We will use Cozby librarians as well as district librarians to suggest titles that may pique learner and facilitator interest. We will contact both Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble to see if they would like to partner with the campus book clubs. We will also reach out to various businesses seeing if they'd like to donate items for snack or drinks during our book club meeting times.
Evaluation Summary: Learners will create blog posts or podcasts or book trailers made available to not only our school but also CISD and Cozby libraries. These products will be shared through the Twitter account: @NewTechReads
Estimated Completion Date: Our estimated completion date is 3 months after the receipt of funds to order and begin our book clubs as well as create some products to share out to the wider public.
Items you plan to purchase with grant money: Money from this grant will be used to purchase multiple copies of titles for the book clubs.
The minimum amount I need to get started on this grant is $3,675.