|Two of my dedicated team members|
I could have gone home today at 2:30 after my contractual hour, but instead stayed until 8 o'clock tonight with several of my dedicated colleagues. The ones, who aside from my students, make my job joyful each day. It was Family Literacy Night. To coordinate one well, you need the right people, because there certainly isn't a budget for one of these events and there certainly isn't overtime. Over thirty adults came out tonight to host Family Literacy Night. People who are committed to working beyond their 7.5 hour shift to help create a space where we can cultivate lifelong readers. Because that's what it takes.
Tonight it took a principal, an assistant principal, a dean, a math teacher, a reading coach, a guidance counselor, a media specialist and a community of reading and English teachers. My colleagues know the value of nurturing readers in a world where cultivating test-takers dominates. Educators live with the value-added model on their backs, but the power of the story is preeminent. I'm not sure how tonight will impact test scores, but I know tonight, family literacy night allowed students to be poets, readers, thinkers, and writers, maybe even dreamers. It was well worth our time.