WORDBridge Now

 

Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder

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

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Mahogany L. Browne

&

Elizabeth Acevedo

Thur, May 6, 7:00 p.m. ET

Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

With the Fire on High

Clap When You Land

Mahogany L. Browne

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice

Black Girl Magic

Chlorine Sky

 

Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov:

Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

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Coming Up:

Sat, May 15, 11:00 a.m. ET

Gallery of Previous Guests

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Cameron Stewart
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Allanté Johnson-Taylor

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Tabitha Brady

Jason Reynolds

Romena Holbert

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Brendan Kiely

Allison Dorr

Kineta Sanford

Emily Wheeler
Sarah Hipple
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Catherine A. Baty

G. Neri

Cyndy Etler

Stacey Robinson

Lindsay Haralson

Christine Quiblat

Lauren McClanahan

Lynette Jones Wright State University

Lynette Jones

Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys

Carol Mejia-LaPerle Wright State University

Carol Mejia-LaPerle

TESTIMONIALS

Inspiring

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

Teenagers

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

 

MEMBER BENEFITS

Grassroots.       {Requests, anyone?}

Participatory.   {Active learning!}

Unique.             {You bet!}

 

LIVE ONLINE PROGRAMS

(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.

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT 

(Members-Only Web Content)

***Sound Moments audio inspirations

***Spiritually Speaking blog

***Sounds Like My Backyard audio relaxation

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

(Members-Only Web Content)

***The Art of the Language Arts

***Resource Center

***What to Tell Your Administrators

PAYING IT FORWARD

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

LIVE ONLINE PROGRAMS

(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

PERSONAL ENRICHMENTS

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

(Members-Only Web Content)

Workspace

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

Upcoming Events

(Members only or single-session pricing)

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Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

With the Fire on High

Clap When You Land

Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov:

Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

Elizabeth Acevedo & Mahogany L. Browne

Thur, May 6, 7:00 p.m. ET

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Mahogany L. Browne

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice

Black Girl Magic

Chlorine Sky

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Sat, May 15, 11:00 a.m. ET

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

CHRIS CRUTCHER

*Teachers, Educators, & Authors

Collaborate against Hatred

Contact Me

Angie Beumer Johnson, Ph.D., Founder

WORDBridge Now℠

3674 Wenwood Dr.
Hilliard, OH 43026

614-565-8553

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