WORDBridge Now

Events for Members

(Zoom links will be emailed)

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Upcoming Sessions

  • Sunday, April 25, 2021  4:00 p.m., ET

    • Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Katrina Webber on picture books for secondary students

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021   11:00 a.m., ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Candace Fleming, author of The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, picture books Muncha, Muncha, Muncha! and many others! 

 

Previous Sessions

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021  11:00 a.m., ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: LGBTQA+ Panel: Tabitha Brady, Sarah Hipple, Allanté Johnson-Taylor, Cameron Stewart, Emily Wheeler

    • Ms. Brady's Bio:​

      • Tabitha Brady is a queer educator working in Ohio. They love cats, video games, and Dungeons & Dragons. She/they pronouns.

    • Miss Hipple's Bio:​

      • Sarah Hipple is a high school English teacher at Global Impact STEM Academy.

    • Ms. Johnson-Taylor's Bio:​

      • Ms. Allanté Johnson-Taylor is a Communication & English Educator, Equity Consultant, and Member of the BIPOC LGBTQ+ Community. Her Instagram is @AllanteFante!

    • Ms. Stewart's Bio:​​​

      • Cam Stewart currently teaches seventh grade English Language Arts in rural northern Nevada, where they also run their school's Dungeons and Dragons club, as well as an LGBTQ+ support group. Her website is cscaprul.com.

    • Ms. Stewart's Bio:

      • Emily James Wheeler is a proud and open transgender woman. She's learning to love herself and her community. Her story is an open book.

  • Saturday, March 13, 2021,  11:00 a.m., ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Christina Dorr & Allison Dorr on Literature of Immigration and Working with Immigrant and Refugee Students​

    • Dr. Christina Dorr's Bio:​

      • Christina Dorr is a retired school librarian having taught students from preschool through grad school.  She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the School of Information at Kent State University, and an author, presenter, and consultant on children's and teen literature.  Check out her website at www.opendorrs2books.com

    • Ms. Allison Dorr's Bio:​

      • Allison Dorr is Social Worker with CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services) in Franklin County and a graduate student at The Ohio State University.

  • Friday, March 19, 2021   7:00-8:00 p.m., ET

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​​​​

  • Sunday, February 21, 2021, 4:00 p.m., ET

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Discussing Elizabeth Acevedo's Clap When You Land

  • Saturday, February 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m., ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Catherine A. Baty, Big Sandy Rancheria Enrolled, Indigenous Representation​

    • Ms. Baty's Bio:

    • ​Catherine has been on the internet for a very long time. She is an Indigenous librarian and researcher currently working as an Education Specialist for the Texas Real Estate Commission and as a researcher for MuseWork. It is her goal to teach people how to provide good representation of Indigenous peoples in the media they share. Catherine grew up on Big Sandy Rancheria, an American Indian reservation in California. She’s lived in Mesa and Tempe Arizona, Houston, and then New Orleans, before finally getting comfortable in Austin. She spent March 2018 to March 2019 teaching English in Japan, but loves her home where she can find her cat, Wilfred, tacos, and good pizza. Catherine loves video games, coffee and reading, her favorite book is “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” by Douglas Adams. Find her at https://acornmush.com/about-2/

 

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m., ET   

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Brendan Kiely, author of Tradition, All American Boys with Jason Reynolds, The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter  

    • https://www.brendankiely.com/

    • Mr. Kiely's Bio:​​

      • ​Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), Tradition, The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in more than ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. His work has been selected twice as one of the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and was a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City.  Find him at www.brendankiely.com.   https://www.brendankiely.com/about-menu

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021, 11:00 a.m. ET   

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Greg Neri, author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside ShortyGhetto Cowboy, Chess RumbleGrand Theft HorseTru & Nelle, and Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, and more!   

    • Look for the film adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy --Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba and, Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin

    • Mr. Neri's Bio:​​

      • ​G. Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free-verse novella, Chess Rumble. His books have been translated into multiple languages in over 25 countries. They include Tru & Nelle, Grand Theft Horse, Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, and Ghetto Cowboy, which was made into the upcoming movie, Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba. In 2017, he was awarded the first of two National Science Foundation grants that sent him to Antarctica. Prior to becoming a writer, Neri was a filmmaker, an animator/illustrator, a digital media producer, and one of the creators of The Truth anti-smoking campaign. He is currently co-chair of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective and writes full-time while living on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter. You can find him online at www.gneri.com.   https://www.gregneri.com/aboutme

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020

    • Community Gathering: Race & Education Panel with ​Kineta Sanford, Christine Quiblat, Lindsay Haralson, Romena Holbert, and Lynette Jones

  • Friday, August 21​, 2020   7:00-8:00 p.m., ET

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​:  Poetry for All & Great Books for Middle Schoolers

  • Saturday, September 12​, 2020  11:00 a.m. ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Stacey Robinson​, illustrator of I Am Alfonso Jones

    • Mr. Robinson's bio:

      • Born in Albany NY, Stacey Robinson is a visual artist, and an Assistant Professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.  Since the early 1990’s his work as combined comics book and science fiction aesthetics with Afrocentricity to imagine Black spiritualism and education as a means of transcending colonialism. He completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo, where his thesis Binary ConScience explored Black speculative futures through our cultural wealth, trauma, and imagination. At Harvard University Stacey was a 2019-2020 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African-American Research. His research looked at Hip-Hop’s multimodal performance practice of inspiration and activism, as self-created reparations and it potential as a means for commodified wealth and Black liberation. As a member of the Black Speculative arts Movement (BSAM), Stacey had traveled internationally, having difficult conversations surrounding ideas of Black nationalism. In continuation his multimedia work discusses ideas of “Black Utopias” as decolonized spaces of peace by considering Black affluent, self-sustaining communities, Black protest movements, and the art movements that document them. As one half of the collaborative team “Black Kirby” with artist John Jennings, he creates graphic novels, gallery exhibitions and lectures that deconstruct the work of comic book creator Jack Kirby to re-imagine resistance spaces inspired by Black diasporic cultures. His latest graphic novel, ‘I Am Alfonso Jones’ with writer Tony Medina is available from Lee & Low books.​

      • Forbes on I Am Alfonso Jones:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2017/11/02/i-am-alfonso-jones-brings-powerful-blm-message-to-young-adult-graphic-fiction/#7cd938093708

  • September Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Discussions on race, I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings

 

  • Saturday, October 17​, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET

    • Community Gathering: ​Lauren G. McClanahan, founder of Bellingham Youth Media Project

    • Dr. McClanahan's bio:​

      • With a background in critical literacy education, Lauren has taught at the middle school and university levels, and is currently a Professor of Secondary Education at Western Washington University.  When not working with her WWU students, she enjoys making photos and films about everyday life, and the extraordinary found therein.  Visit her video and photography websites at: 

https://vimeo.com/mcclanahan

https://www.conceptualframeworkphotography.com/

Contact: lauren.bymp@gmail.com

  • October Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Fri., Oct. 23, 2020  7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ET

    • Arezou Eizadynejad, ELL Teacher, will speak with us about the graphic novel Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. Ms. Eizajynejad is an Iranian American who holds a degree in Persian literature. ​

  • Saturday, November 7​, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Cyndy Etler, author of YA memoirs Dead Inside and We Can't Be Friends

    • Creator of literacy program for teens: 1st Block Revolution

    • Life Coach for Teens

    • Ms. Etler's bio:

      • ​A modern-day Cinderella, Cyndy Etler was homeless at thirteen, summa cum laude at thirty. Currently a young adult author and teen life coach, Etler spent sixteen years teaching troubled teens in schools across America. Before she was paid for teaching Etler did it for free, volunteering at public schools and facilities for runaway teens. Today she speaks at fundraisers, schools and libraries, convincing teens that books work better than drugs. Etler holds a double-major Bachelor of Arts, in English and American Studies, and a Master of Education in Secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of two young adult memoirs: The Dead Inside: A True Story (Sourcebooks Fire, 2017), a Junior Library Guild selection, and We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story (Sourcebooks Fire, 2017). After years of hopscotching, Etler now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and dogs. Find her at CyndyEtler.com.

  • November Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up​: Sat., Nov. 14, 2020  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Microaggressions Race & Education Panel: Lindsay Haralson, Romena Holbert, Lynette Jones, Kineta Sanford

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020

    • T.E.A.C.H.* Enrichment: Jason Reynolds Q & A on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

    • Mr. Reynolds' bio from his website, jasonwritesbooks.com:

    • Jason Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling author of All American Boys, the Track series, Long Way Down, For Everyone, and Miles Morales-Spiderman.

      • He is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

      • Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for this first work of prose and seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017).

      • Reynolds returned to poetry with Long Way Down (2017), a novel in verse which was named a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards.​​

  • Monday, December 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m., ET

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up: Discussing Front Desk by Kelly Yang, ALAN book recommendations, sharing favorite classroom texts and activities

    • Pay It Forward drawing! :-)

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 1:00-4:00 p.m., ET​

    • Socially-distanced book giveaway! ​

    • Take a road trip to Angie's house, grab a bag o' gently-used books, some treats, and chat outdoors or in my garage. :-)

  • Friday, January 15, 2021, 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET

    • Charter Member Bonus Teacher Meet-Up: Kineta Sanford discussing organization for the new year, and inclusivity and equity in schools and communities