One of Miss Ramble's 8th grade reading students at Hardy Middle School in NW DC picked up Ballou Story Project's "How to Grow Up Like Me" from his school library and couldn't put it down. He showed his teacher and neither could she. Now he and his fellow students are reading, discussing, and responding to these memoirs for the rest of the school year. Says Miss Ramble, "They can't wait to come to class." They want to meet these authors. They have so many questions. They have so much to say.
Check out some excerpts from our conversation below. I was so excited about the power of this connection that I turned on my voice recorder -- I had to capture this impact for our authors.
We couldn't be more excited about this connection, more grateful for innovative educators like Miss Ramble, or more proud of our authors. This was our happy photo post-meeting today with the good folks at Hardy. So much more to come!