WORDBridge Now


Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder

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


Personal Enrichment & Live Online Professional Development for Educators


Teachers are busy. (I know--that’s an absurdly obvious statement!)

WORDBridge Now allows you to participate in real-time online sessions, or to watch them when you want to watch them--or to revisit them aaaaas yooooou wiiiiiiish (nod to The Princess Bride). The virtual, distance and live online learning components allow you some ownership of that most precious of commodities--time--not to mention the coziness of learning in your own home or preferred library or coffee shop nook.

WORDBridge Now is an investment in you.


For less than 75 cents per day, stay connected through a community of positive people who nurture your love of literacy and the English language arts--and your love of the students you share that passion with.

And because choice is a key element of the joy of learning, WORDBridge Now provides plenty of options for personal enrichment that is simultaneously professional development.

Gallery of Previous Guests

Thanks to our partners at

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers!

Thank you, Jason Reynolds!

"We have to be more loyal to our futures than our fears."

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Thank you, Cyndy Etler!
The Dead Inside
We Can't Be Friends

Thank you, Stacey Robinson!

Illustrator, I Am Alfonso Jones

Black Kirby artistic duo

Thank you, Lauren McClanahan, Ph.D.!

Founder, Bellingham Youth Media Project

Professor of Secondary Education

Kineta Sanford, M.Ed.

Outreach & Fundraising Manager

Yellow Springs Home, Inc.

Lindsay Haralson, M.Ed.

ELA Teacher, Dayton Public Schools

Thurgood Marshall High School

Romena Holbert, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof., Wright State University

Teacher Education

Race & Education Panel

A tremendous THANK YOU to 

Kineta Sanford, Christine Quiblat, 

Lindsay Haralson, Romena Holbert, & 

Lynette Jones!

Your insights gave us a lot to think about and act on. We look forward to continuing the discussion in our Bonus Chapter Member Teacher Meet-Ups. 

Christine Quiblat, M.Ed.

ELL Teacher, Centerville City Schools

Tower Heights Middle School

Lynette Jones, Ph.D.

Prof., Wright State University

English Language & Literatures

Thank you, Chris Crutcher, for sharing the connections between your books and your life, and life in general!

Thank you, Ruta Sepetys, for an inspiring session on systems of power and oppression & the lost stories highlighted in your books!   

Photo by Kacie Lynn Wheeler

Thank you, Dr. Carol Mejia-LaPerle, for opening our minds and eyes to race in Shakespeare's tragedies!

Brendan Kiely
Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:00 p.m. ET
Live Online
All American Boys
w/ Jason Reynolds
The Last True Love Story
The Gospel of Winter
G. Neri
Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:00 a.m. ET
Live Online
Ghetto Cowboy
Soon-to-be-released film
Concrete Cowboy
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Knockout Games



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. 


Taking Care of Yourself

(Members-Only Web Content)

Audio bursts of inspiration 

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

Relaxation audio tracks


(Members-Only Web Content)


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

Adult Students

Upcoming Events

(Members only or single-session pricing)

Brendan Kiely
Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:00 a.m. ET
Live Online
Greg Neri
Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:00 a.m. ET
Live Online

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


*Teachers, Educators, & Authors

Collaborate against Hatred

Contact Me

Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder

WORDBridge Now

3674 Wenwood Dr.
Hilliard, OH 43026


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