Creating Community, Connection, and a Culture of Literacy in The Classroom and Beyond

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  • Creating Community, Connection, and a Culture of Literacy inThe Classroom and Beyond

    Presentation by Aliza M. R. Werner@alizateach

    #nErDCampMI #CCCLit

  • A Little Bit About Me3rd Grade Teacher in Wisconsin

    WI State Reading Assoc: Childrens Lit Committee (WSRA)MKE Film: Youth Ed and Curriculum WriterTraveler, Photographer, Wife, Doggy Mom

  • What was the moment that

    changed everything?

  • The 40 Book Challenge Revisited

    By Donalyn

  • What if READING was our theme?

  • A strong culture of literacy begins with

    Teacher as Lead Reader

    Live a literate life Share your reading life Bring authentic readingpractices into the classroom

  • Live a Literate Life Be a reader! Read in the edges, steal moments

    Nerdy Book Club: Read & Write

    Twitter (follow hashtags #nerdybookclub, #titletalk)

    Track reading on Goodreads

    Know recent and upcoming publications (Mr. Schus Book Release Calendar

    Stay current with PD publications and edu leaders thinking through books, blogs, articles, podcasts

  • PodcastsTTT!

  • Share Your Reading Life

    What is Mrs. Werner Reading?


  • Share Your Reading Life Mrs. Werner is Currently Reading...TTT!

  • Bring Authentic Reading Practices Into The Classroom

    What do I read? How do I read?

    When do I read? Why do I read?

    Besides the act of reading, how else do I interact with and respond to the text?

  • Classroom LibrariesThe HEART of a Culture of


  • People have always had identity stories, but they have NOT always been reflected in literature.

  • So where do children who areBlackGay



    Dyslexic . . .

  • . . . go to learn abouttheir own experience?

  • In June of 2013, multicultural publisher Lee and

    Low Books put together a graphic illustrating

    that although 37% of the population of the

    United States are people of color, only 10% of

    childrens books published contained

    multicultural content. This gap has remained

    steady from 1994-201318 years!

  • In April 2014, a Twitter

    conversation about the lack of

    diversity in childrens literature

    inspired a movement.

    The hashtag

    #WeNeedDiverseBooks started

    trending and the non-profit

    organization WE NEED DIVERSE

    BOOKS was born.

  • Mirrors


    Sliding Glass Doors

    1990 Article by Rudine Sims Bishop

  • In The Classroom

  • Survey: Reading Interest Inventory

    Do you like to read?What are some books youve read lately?

    What is your favorite book?What would you like to learn to do better as a reader?

  • Read AloudsEvery day, every grade

    Picture books#classroombookaday

    @HeiseReads @CustomEduLit

    Chapter book touchstones

  • Books Weve Read Together Display


  • Options for Comfy & Enjoyable Reading TimeTTT!

  • Options for Comfy & Enjoyable Reading Time


  • Book Recommendations Hallway Display

    Read Like a MonsterTTT!

  • Shelfies: Book Selfies & Reading GraffitiTTT!

  • Glitterboard:Inspirational Quotes



  • Display Student-Created Books in Classroom Library


  • Book Talks:Student Led


  • Make Reading Plans:TBR (to be read) Lists


    Credit: Stacey Riedmiller@literacybigkids

  • Digital Reading Opportunities TTT!

  • Read-In

  • Images as Text TTT! Why spend time reading images?




    Topical & Timely

    Knowledgeable Citizens

  • Film as Text TTT!

  • End of Year Book SigningTTT!

  • In The School/District

  • Class Facebook PageTTT!

  • Cross-Grade Level Reading Pals

  • Cross-Grade Level Reading Pals

  • Cross-Grade Level Reading Pals

  • Principal Read Alouds

  • Author Visits

  • Staff Sharing

    ConversationsBook Clubs

    Open Meeting With Book TalksVisuals: Shelfies, Recommendations

    Read Aloud Assemblies

  • In The Community/Globally

  • Connect to Authors/Illustrators:Write snail mail letters or emails TTT!

  • Connect to Authors/Illustrators:Tweet With Class Twitter Account


    Twitter Tips:-Get parent permission-Explain purpose & features:

    hashtags, mentions-Use student initials-Allow students to cultivate who to follow and tweet-Use TweetDeck for safety

  • Connect to Authors/Illustrators:Skype

  • Connect to Authors/Illustrators:Skype

    Authors Who Skype For Free (!!!)(List compiled by

    Kate Messner):

  • Pen Pal Class: Different State/Country

    Kathleen Sokolowski, NY@MrsSokolowski

  • National and Global Reading Projects

    Dot DayGlobal Read Aloud #GRA16

    Mock Caldecott/Youth Media AwardsWorld Read Aloud Day #WRAD

    March Book Madness #2017MBMPoem in Your Pocket Day

  • What do you do to create a culture of literacy in your classroom? Share your ideas!

  • Thanks for joining me today!

    Aliza Werner

    Twitter: @alizateach