I had the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of talented teachers last weekend at the Indiana Teachers of Writing Viral Literacy conference.
I soaked up how Wapahani High School teacher Jodie Scales shared the writing project model to orphans in Nepal, linking their own stories to those of writing workshop students in Indiana. With a teacher creativity fellowship grant from the Lilly Endowment, Scales spent six weeks sharing her love of writing and experiencing the joy of seeing 29 girls in a Kathmandu orphanage write in their personal writer’s notebooks.
I had the pleasure of soaking up the lively discussion on viral literacy from Susan Adams from Butler University, director of Indiana Partnership for Young Writers; Max Goller from Hamilton Southeastern schools; Danielle Valenilla from Noblesville High School; and Nancy Butcher from Indianapolis Public School No. 105.