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 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 two years, we have connected with all-star students, teachers, 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 750 Project LIT chapters across 47 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 Project LIT chapter, whether it's this spring or next school year (2019-20). With that said, we want to make sure that all Project LIT chapter leaders understand what our community is all about before completing the application.
Project LIT Community is a national, grassroots LITeracy movement, a team 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, 18-19, or 19-20 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!