Monday, August 11, 2014

Do author visits make a difference?

Hi Folks:

I’m working on a study to provide statistics and stories to assist teachers and librarians in making a case for bringing authors and illustrators to their schools. But first, I need to “take the temperature” of anyone who has hosted an author visit at their school or library.

If you are a teacher or librarian, would you be willing to fill out this brief survey, “Do Author Visits Make a Difference?” : 

If you are an author or illustrator, would you be willing to pass this link along to your past school visit contacts? 

This study is being sponsored by the Ventura County Reading Association (California) and is the first of its kind. We’re hoping that this can offer helpful insights to schools as well as published authors and illustrators.

As you may know, since the start of the recession and the No Child Left Behind initiative, teachers and librarians have had to fight harder to convince their administrators to host an author visit. Now that it’s the era of Common Core, will it be the same, worse, or better climate for author visits?

Thanks a million for helping to get the word out!
Warmest best wishes,

Alexis O’Neill, Ph.D.
ex-RA, SCBWI Central

P.S. If you want to read more about the pilot study, please click here. 

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