We know that teachers should be celebrated every day, but one week each year is designated just for that purpose. So, if no one else has told you today: Thank you. Thank you for all you do. You make a difference in the lives of students and in your communities every day.
We also know that reading is foundational to learning and success later in life—and teachers are crucial to a child’s learning to read. But books are expensive, and teachers already dig into their own pockets for so much. And when teachers give so much of themselves—and in many cases not getting much recognition in return—Teacher Appreciation Week provides an opportunity for us to give back to those who are the building blocks of our society.
So, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and as a small token of our appreciation, for Share My Lesson’s next four Reading Opens the World webinars in May and June, the AFT will be giving away free preK-12 books via the First Book Marketplace, where you can choose books for your classroom or to give to your students to take home to read, love and keep. The AFT will randomly choose 100 recipients who attend a live webinar to receive a gift card worth $25 for the First Book Marketplace. Winners must teach or work in Title I-eligible schools and attend the webinar live.
Explore the upcoming eligible professional development webinars now to learn strategies for encouraging an ongoing love of reading for students of all levels and backgrounds. All webinars are free, open to everyone and available for credit.
Kindergarten Readiness for All: Best Practices in Writing in Preschool
Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. EDT
Join Lee & Low Books along with the Center for English Learners at the American Institutes for Research for a fast-paced, joyful discussion on best practices for writing in preschool, centering on English learners and dual-language learners and their needs. Educators will come away with targeted instructional strategies focused on writing, yes writing, in pre-K! Available in English and Spanish. Attend live for a chance to get a $25 gift card to First Book Marketplace.
Affirming Students Through a Language and Literacy Equity Audit
Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. EDT
Join Anne Harper Charity Hudley, Christine Mallinson, Kimberly Bigelow and Rachel Samuels for an interactive session designed to help you affirm students’ linguistic identity and position students as experts by designing a language and literacy equity audit for your classroom or learning community. Attend live for a chance to get a $25 gift card to First Book Marketplace.
The Sound of Inclusion: Using Poetry to Teach Language Variation
Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m. EDT
Join Anne Harper Charity Hudley, Christine Mallinson, Kimberly Bigelow and Rachel Samuels for an interactive workshop that will guide you in using poetry to teach about language variation in the late elementary grades. This workshop will bring out the poetry in your students and in you! Attend live for a chance to get a $25 gift card to First Book Marketplace.
Crafting Linguistic Autobiographies to Build Cultural Knowledge
This session with Anne Harper Charity Hudley, Christine Mallinson, Kimberly Bigelow and Rachel Samuels will help you craft your linguistic autobiography and guide your students and colleagues to create theirs so you can richly engage with each other about your linguistic and literary heritages. Attend live for a chance to get a $25 gift card to First Book Marketplace.
One of the main objectives of the AFT’s Reading Opens the World campaign is to forge new connections among families, communities, educators and schools as partners in students’ literacy. This initiative is part of a two-year long campaign to give away 1 million books. Recently, in Washington D.C., 40,000 books were given away; and I had the privilege to work with the Washington Teachers’ Union and First Book to help set up, unload and distribute all 40,000 books to educators, students and families in Wards 7 and 8.
Volunteers setting up for the big event in Washington, DC.
Interested in having the Reading Opens the World campaign visit your city? If you’re an AFT member, talk to your local leader and make sure to fill out this form.
Andy Kratochvil is an SML team member who loves hiking, scary books, Mexican food, and finding great content for the Share My Lesson community.He studied political science and French at California State University, Fullerton and received his Master’s in International Affairs from American University