WORDBridge Now


Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder

Time for YOU!  Your next LIVE online personal enrichment & professional development ...

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AJ Ricker
Standards-Based Grading

Tuesday, June 28, 8:00-9:00pm ET

T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment

*Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred

Contact angie@wordbridgenow.com
for your complimentary Try-It-Out program!

Francisco X. Stork
Wednesday, July 20, 8:00-9:00 pm ET
award-winning author of
Marcelo in the Real World
On the Hook


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Gallery of Previous T.E.A.C.H.* Presenters

*Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred

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Bridget Flaherty LORE Storytelling

Bridget Flaherty

Lyn Ford

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Talon Silverhorn

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Paul Gorski

Cooper Munroe

Jane Hwang

Jonathan Thomas

Paula Yoo

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Jean Tidd

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Kim Stephens

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Shu Schiller

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Mindy McGinnis

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Elizabeth Acevedo

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Mahogany Browne

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Candace Fleming

Jason Reynolds Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You National Ambassador for Children's Literature

Jason Reynolds

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Romena Holbert Wright State University

Romena Holbert


Tabitha Brady

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Brendan Kiely

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Allison Dorr

Kineta Sanford  Yellow Springs Home, Inc

Kineta Sanford

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Emily Wheeler
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Cameron Stewart
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Catherine A. Baty

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Lindsay Haralson

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Allanté Johnson-Taylor

Greg Neri G Neri

G. Neri

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Sarah Hipple
Cyndy Etler The Dead Inside We Can't Be Friends
Cyndy Etler
Stacey Robinson I Am Alfonso Jones

Stacey Robinson

Christine Quiblat Centerville City Schools Tower Heights Middle School

Christine Quiblat

Lauren G McClanahan Bellingham Youth Media Project

Lauren McClanahan

Lynette Jones Wright State University

Lynette Jones

Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher

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Rukhsana Khan

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys

Carol Mejia-LaPerle Wright State University

Carol Mejia-LaPerle

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I was taking two sets of notes during the [Chris Crutcher] session.  One was on the content of the meeting, and the other was on ideas for developing some of my writing ideas.  This is what happens when you provide great opportunities to connect with inspiring writers and teachers.  :).    --Lori, residential treatment center teacher 

Reading & Mental Health Care in the Time of COVID-19

... [A student reading Chris Crutcher's] Chinese Handcuffs .... got my entire seventh-grade class discussing the importance of mental health help and resilience (they didn't use those words exactly, but they were thinking that!), so a small group who called themselves "The Literary Council" (they wore wizard hats and capes during each meeting because "reading is magical") came up to my classroom a few days a week early to design a "Mental Health Unit". 


I don't think the timing of this could have been more appropriate because it was a week after they finished lesson planning that the schools went to online only. So, I asked students to find a book about resilience, and I designed prompts that made them have to think about ways the characters improved their mental health and more coping skills....

Because of all of this, a summer reading community has been formed, and I truly believe our school is on its way to truly believing learning is cool. 


So, in sum, what I LOVE about this story is with one author's work, some discussion on themes, and a supportive environment, all of these fantastic ideas grew!  --Elise, parochial middle school teacher

Open Questions & Bios

On students writing questions for their teacher to ask during the Chris Crutcher T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: 


I told the kids about Chris, and they were so excited to write some questions.... It turned into a lesson on how to ask open-ended questions.... We did read some biographies beforehand, too, to make sure their questions weren’t already answered somewhere.... It was great practice for them!  --Melissa, residential treatment center teacher


About WORDBridge Now

Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder

Over the years I've become more and more concerned about teachers' personal well-being due to increasing demands of collecting data, meeting to analyze data, and teaching upwards of 100 students, many of whom experience toxic stress, trauma, and poverty. Beyond the classroom, our world has seen an increase in the number of hate groups[1] as well as increasingly volatile speech and actions in the population in general.

In response to these concerns, I founded WORDBridge Now℠, LLC, to offer ongoing personal enrichment for teachers--well beyond traditional, one-and-done professional development. WORDBridge Now℠ combines exhilaration from visits from beloved authors, epiphanies from knowledgeable guest speakers, and enthusiasm from our community of fellow teachers. WORDBridge Now℠ is grassroots, participatory, and unique.

Authors and speakers share not only their expertise, but also their experiences. Teachers share not only their successes, but also their challenges. Together we explore the ways our classrooms can be not only spaces of connection, civility, and empathy, but also sites of social justice to confront hatred and oppression.

Through WORDBridge Now℠ we feed our minds, hearts, and souls so we can in turn nourish our students who hunger for the hope and joy that the English language arts can provide.


[1] The Southern Poverty Law Center notes “a 55 percent increase since 2017” for white nationalist groups. https://www.splcenter.org/news/2020/03/18/year-hate-and-extremism-2019



Grassroots.       {Requests, anyone?}

Participatory.   {Active learning!}

Unique.             {You bet!}



(Members only or single-session pricing)

***T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichments (*Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred) featuring authors of books about acceptance, empathy, & social justice. 

Certificates of participation provided.

***WORDBridge Now Community Gatherings featuring speakers on care & curriculum topics. 

Certificates of participation provided.


(Members-Only Web Content)

***Sound Moments audio inspirations

***Spiritually Speaking blog

***Sounds Like My Backyard audio relaxation


(Members-Only Web Content)

***The Art of the Language Arts

***Resource Center

***What to Tell Your Administrators


Each quarter, a random Member will be selected to receive books or materials for their class or library.


(Members only or single-session pricing)

May, July, September, November, January, March

*Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred 

AUTHOR guest speakers and curriculum connections to the featured authors' works. Focus on empathy, social justice, anti-hatred. Inaugural T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment hosted Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement award-winning young adult author Chris Crutcher.

Certificates of participation provided. 

Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred

June, August, October, December, February, April

Speakers on topics such as connection, curriculum, and care for self and others, including personal well-being, creativity, social and emotional learning. Inaugural speaker Dr. Carol Mejia-LaPerle on race in Shakespeare's tragedies.

Certificates of participation provided. 

Traditional Library


Taking Care of Yourself

(Members-Only Web Content)

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Audio bursts of inspiration 

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Reflections on life in general--teaching, tips, empathy, social justice, nurturing texts

Back Yard

Relaxation audio tracks


(Members-Only Web Content)


        Teaching All 6 Language Arts:          Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Viewing, Visually Representing

Upcoming Events

(Members only or single-session pricing)

Thank you, Mindy!


Resurrecting Edgar Allan Poe

The Initial Insult
The Last Laugh

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Brendan Kiely
Thank you, Brendan!
The Other Talk:
Reckoning with Our White Privilege

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Thank you,

for T.E.A.C.H.*ing us about your Affrilachian culture

*Teachers, Educators, & Authors Collaborate against Hatred


Thank you, Paula Yoo
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement
winner of the 2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award

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Thank you, Talon Silverhorn
American Indian Interpreter & Public Speaker
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Standards-Based Grading

Cut the Paper Load!

Inaugural T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment with


*Teachers, Educators, & Authors

Collaborate against Hatred

Contact Me

Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder


WORDBridge Now℠ LLC

3674 Wenwood Dr.
Hilliard, OH 43026

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