This month our focus is on the Spoken Word Slam Auditions.  Coordinators and administrators were sent the information via MailChimp. In addition, we are working on professional development for HSA Lorain, HSA Chicago Southwest and HSA McKinley Park.  Look for our BOLD Summit coming in March.

This past month we had an amazing time in our writing workshops as well as visiting with teachers and their students in the virtual classroom.  We have a few more sessions coming up this month as well.


We hope you remember to spend a significant  amount of time on pre-writing.  Students  need the time and experimentation to discover what they are thinking.  The pandemic is layered with images, feelings, and ideas.  Through this process we may be able to help them find hope and inspiration during these difficult times. This is the ultimate SEL (social emotional learning) experience.  Also, as you know modeling our writing, even when it is not perfect, is essential.  We take more risks when we feel safe.  One way to establish this is to show our vulnerability.

More information will be coming about how to submit student writing for the writing competition, via a special Google Classroom, in early March.  Deadline for the writing competition is April 23rd.