NEW! No need to register for this new conference event: Fireside Book Chat!
Meet us in the fireside seating area at 3:45pm to end or extend your day of learning with a relaxed chat about a chosen book.
Grab a copy and enjoy reading before the conference, then stop by for a book club conversation…or stop in to hear a preview of the book. All are welcome even if you haven’t read the book.
Listen in…ask questions…share your thinking!
Wednesday, November 6th: Internment by Samira Ahmed
This YA novel is a #ProjectLIT selection and NY Times bestseller. In the novel, “exclusion laws” imposed by an Islamophobic president have upended the lives of Muslims across the United States, including Layla’s. Removed from school for her own good by her parents, Layla circumvents state-imposed curfews to see her boyfriend, David, who is Jewish. When she and her family and other Muslims are rounded up by the authorities and forced to live in an internment camp in the California desert, Layla learns what it means to survive and to fight. This cautionary tale for our times draws parallels between the situation Muslim Americans face today and the horrors of the Japanese American internment.
Thursday, November 7th: Breathing New Life into Book Clubs by speaker Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen!
Sonja and Dana have both a confession and a challenge to teachers. Managing classroom book clubs can be hard. Real hard. But honestly, is there any better way to get students vested in reading? When book clubs work, don’t they create a culture of reading unlike anything else? One that brings out the very best in our students?