You are frustrated with the testing emphasis in education, and you really resent politicians and non-educators trying to tell teachers what to do in their classrooms. You are especially upset over the shift away from creative, artistic pursuits in the classroom as drill-and-kill math and reading replace the arts. So what can you do to make a difference?
Don’t despair, my friend! The Office of Letters and Light is a non-profit organization that believes in “ambitious acts of the imagination,” and they really put their money where their mouth is. They provide the complete National Novel Writing Month curriculum, including student workbooks, teacher lesson plans, online support for students and teachers, AND it is all linked to the new Common Core Standards AND it is all FREE. What more could a teacher ask for?
My daughter, Chloe, and I are fundraising for this most excellent cause so that more students and teachers can write novels as part of their school experience. You have read about my students’ NaNoWriMo experiences here and here (and my current students are right in the middle of their month of “literary abandon” here) — now you can help us help them keep doing this important and beautiful work.
Just click on our fundraising page here: Laura and Chloe’s NaNoWriMo fundraising page and donate today! This is a last minute plea, as the race to be the top fundraiser ends this Weds. 11/14. Will you be the donor who gets us to our goal?
Chloe is offering a unique opportunity: donors’ stories may be written in to her current novel! Watch her video here to see how.
Watch this video to learn more about the great work of The Office of Letters and Light.