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 an English teacher at Maplewood High School 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 and I started Project LIT to increase access to high-quality, culturally relevant books 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.

Now, we are excited to build a growing network of all-star teachers and students around the country! Currently, there are more than 400 chapters in 46 states across the country, which means there is now a community of passionate educators ready to support you as you begin the journey.

Every chapter looks a little different and that’s by design! With that said, all Project LIT leaders are expected to embody our mission by a) putting students at the center of this work and b) reading and discussing several of our Project LIT Book Club titles (from the 17-18 or 18-19 lists).

So, what exactly is Project LIT Community? We see it as a national, grassroots LITeracy movement, a network of dedicated teachers and students who work together to:
• Empower our students as READERS and LEADERS in our schools and communities
• Flood our classrooms and communities with culturally relevant books as we rewrite the literary canon
• Host monthly/quarterly Project LIT Book Clubs to discuss any title from our 17-18 or 18-19 book list
• Champion & celebrate reading daily in our classrooms and communities (and via social media)
• Engage with passionate students, educators, authors, and community members to support and inspire one another
• Amplify voices and stories of students and educators of color
• Read, discuss, and celebrate books that make our students feel seen, heard, affirmed, and valued
• Develop authentic reading identities by increasing access to high-quality books, building community, and fostering a sense of belonging
• Improve literacy attitudes and outcomes, one book and one conversation at a time
• Advocate for policies & practices that challenge the status quo and help our students become lifelong leaders

These questions are designed to give us a better idea of who you are as an educator. While Project LIT Community plans 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 when it comes to empowering our students as readers and leaders.

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 projectlitcommunity@gmail.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@projectlitcomm). We also host a #ProjectLITchat every other Sunday at 7 eastern. Additionally, feel free to share this application with other educators in your PLN who are interested in joining Project LIT Community!

Thanks for your interest, and as always, happy reading!

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How do you create a culture of literacy in your school and/or classroom?
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Why are you excited to join Project LIT Community?
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How did you hear about Project LIT Community?
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How would you describe your students?
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How would you describe your community?
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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?)
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Our MG & YA Project LIT Book Club selections for the 2018-19 school year were announced recently. Which of those books are you most excited to read with your school & community?
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What challenges do you anticipate as you start a Project LIT chapter, and how do you plan to overcome them?
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What are three characteristics of an effective teacher-leader/Project LIT chapter leader?
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Can you commit to organizing a team of at least three adults and 20+ students who are invested in Project LIT Community?
Can you commit to hosting at least one Project LIT Book Club, featuring a title from our 17-18 or 18-19 list, per quarter?
Can you commit to facilitating a service learning project that empowers your students to increase book access in your school and/or community during the 18-19 school year?
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?
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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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