Literature has the power to nurture our capacity for empathy and to strengthen our communities. Our All Community Read events harness this power and bring together people from across our network – educators, students, staff, and supporters – to build shared understanding, create a shared experience, and open up conversations that connect to our mission and work.
Change never happens at the pace we think it should. It happens over years of people joining together, strategizing, sharing, and pulling all the levers they possibly can.
Learning for Everyone
We will be offering professional learning events for educators and special virtual discussions for students, supporters, and members of our learning community throughout the year to support this All Community Read, including a virtual author keynote with Judy Heumann on March 1, 2023. Learn more and register below.
Get started with an on-demand introduction to Heumann’s memoir.
Heumann’s story recounts moments from her coming of age as a polio survivor and her lifelong work as a disability rights activist. These memoirs raise important questions about how we create communities of inclusion and belonging and how young people can learn to stand up when they see injustice and unfairness.
We’ve designed a host of resources for ELA teachers and other educators who want to read one of these books with students. Our Coming of Age in a Complex World Collection contains multiple resources that can be used by teachers and students to support Judy Heumann's powerful memoir.
Through our past All Community Reads, we have witnessed the power of shared reading. Explore resources and past events supporting community reads of books such as Wonder, Brown Girl Dreaming, and Enrique's Journey.
Get tips for planning your whole-school read of the young adult novel Wonder. This guide provides direction on how to structure classroom discussions and includes pre- and post-reading activities. It also features a "write your own precept" template for use in a final school-wide activity.