Each year the National Book Foundation’sInnovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project that creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community served. The foundation also recognizes four projects with the designation of honorable mention. Applicants for the award should share the National Book Foundation’s mission to expand the audience for literature in America; focus on reading and not exclusively literacy skills; demonstrate innovation in mission, approach, and/or audience/community served; and apply for an existing program/project/initiative with evidence of success. As Innovations in Reading is a prize and not a grant, the goal is to reward work already under way, encouraging continuation and/or expansion.
Deadlines: February 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) for applications; 2019 winner and honorable mentions to be announced the first week of May
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
“Poetry didn’t save my life; it saved yours.” This quote has been dancing around in my head for several days now. The poet who spoke these words meant them quite literally. If it had not been for the countless hours he spent developing, drafting, and delivering his words, he very well could have been out in the streets up to no good. Additionally, without the impact of his poetic words, someone else’s life may have been negatively impacted or even lost. This sentiment, though on the negative end of the spectrum, still communicates an important message: poetry is powerful, and it changes and saves lives.
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