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Working Together is Success

Reported by natalie_ross@ipsd.org on 3/24/17

Working Together is Success

Henry Ford's quote "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success" fit this week month's endeavors perfectly!

Collaborating with three district 204 school librarians enabled us to bring the talented author, illustrator, cartoonist, and musician Mike Artell all the way from Louisiana to visit our students in Illinois. None of the schools could afford to bring in Mike alone, but sharing the presentation, travel, and housing costs made the visit possible. Mike, author of more than 35 books writes both non-fiction books and fiction. His non-fiction books include cartooning tips, weather and space, jokes, and sports. His fiction writing includes a Cajun spin on classic fairy tales including his book, Petitie Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood which was named the 2009 Read Aloud Book of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Mike's energetic and enthusiastic style fit well with large groups and he intrigued students with stories about his life, word play from his joke books, reading from his Cajun tales, and giving students step-by-step cartooning instructions so they can draw with him during the presentation. Students were engaged as he gave advice on how to "draw what you see not what you know." He also encouraged the students to "read like you eat" and give all different types of books a "taste". He
ended the presentation with one of his songs and had all the students and teachers enjoyed singing along.

We divided and conquered other aspects of the prep for the visit--some provided lunch, others worked out the transportation and housing details, and another contacted the district to share with the education reporters. Rather than each of us creating separate presentations to students, we were able to create and share one Google Slide Show.
Collaborating on this visit has percolated new ideas of creative ways to resource share within District 204 to indeed make working together a success.

Jill De Farno, Builta LMC Director
Nicole Fader, Clow LMC Director
Natalie Hoyle Ross, Spring Brook LMC Director

Mike Artell ( JPG)

Mike Artell 3 ( JPG)

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