Project LIT Chapter Leader Application
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Thank you for your interest in Project LIT Community! My name is Jarred Amato, and I am a high school English teacher in Nashville, TN, and I am thrilled that you share our passion for creating a culture of reading in all classrooms and communities.
In August 2016, my students (recent graduates of Maplewood High School) and I founded Project LIT to eliminate book deserts and promote a love of reading in our community. We believe wholeheartedly in the power of reading and in its ability to bring people together and transform lives.
Over the past 4+ years, we have connected with all-star students, educators, and authors to transform a class project into a national literacy movement -- one step, one book, and one conversation at a time! Currently, there are more than 1,700 Project LIT chapters across all 50 states (along with a few international chapters), all committed to the same goal.
As you've probably seen on social media, every Project LIT chapter looks a little different and that’s by design! We have an amazing team of educators ready to support you as you begin the journey. Please know that there is no rush to launch your chapter, especially during these difficult times. With that said, we want to make sure that all Project LIT leaders understand what our community is all about before completing the application.
Project LIT Community is led by a team of dedicated educators and students who work together to:
• EMPOWER our students as readers, writers, and leaders
• PROMOTE a love of reading in our schools and communities
• NURTURE authentic reading identities by increasing access to high-quality books, building community, and fostering a sense of belonging
• CHAMPION young people and books that reflect their lived realities, communities, and identities
• ADVOCATE for literacy policies and practices that will build lifelong readers
• SUPPORT AND INSPIRE one another as we improve our practice and pedagogy
• READ, DISCUSS, AND CELEBRATE books that make our students feel seen, heard, affirmed, and valued
• DEVELOP our cultural competence and EXPAND our thinking, regardless of individual starting point
• AMPLIFY voices and stories of students and educators of color
• REWRITE the narrative about which texts and authors are deemed worthy of academic study
• PROVIDE students with as many positive literacy experiences as possible
The application questions are designed to give us a better idea of who you are as an educator. While Project LIT Community strives to be as inclusive as possible, we want to make sure that every member of our community shares a similar set of values and beliefs.
We encourage you to keep your answers concise. Most responses will require no more than 1 or 2 thoughtful sentences. Once you complete this form, expect to hear back from the Project LIT team within 7-10 days, if not sooner!
Do not hesitate to contact us at
and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@projectlitcomm). Additionally, feel free to share this application with other educators in your network who are interested in joining Project LIT Community! Thanks for your interest, and as always, happy reading!
Best email address
Best phone number
Current grade level(s)
Years in education
Twitter handle (if applicable)
Website (if applicable)
How do you create a culture of literacy in your school and/or classroom?
Why are you excited to join Project LIT Community?
How did you hear about Project LIT Community?
How would you describe your students?
How would you describe your community?
As a Project LIT chapter leader, what other adults and students do you plan to engage and empower? (Be as specific as possible: which teachers and classes will join our LIT community?)
What Project LIT Book Club titles are you most excited to read with your school & community?
What challenges do you anticipate as you start a Project LIT chapter, and how do you plan to overcome them?
What are three characteristics of an effective teacher-leader/Project LIT chapter leader?
Are you willing to embrace social media to connect with other Project LIT chapters, share successes, promote/fundraise, and engage your community?
What’s your current comfort level with social media, and what support, if any, would you need from the Project LIT team in this area?
What questions do you still have about Project LIT Community? (These will be very helpful as we continue to develop a list of FAQs).
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