Oakland Schools Presents...

Teen Spirit Thursdays: What's New in Young Adult Texts?

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham

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Middle and high school ELA teachers, school librarians, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and intervention teachers.


Are you trying to meet the varied reading needs of the students in your class? To invite new perspectives into your discussions? To help students grapple with today’s tough topics? To find ways to partner with a school or local librarian? Young Adult Literature can be a powerful force for doing all this and more.

This six session series is your chance to dive into the What, Why, and How with the latest young adult texts. What books are new and flying off the shelves? Why is representation important in the texts we offer students? And How--how do we navigate the many instructional decisions involved in offering great book choices to our students?








All from 3:30-5:00pm


Virtual via Zoom

Cost: $50 to cover the cost of books

SCECHs pending approval

Registration link HERE

Note: At registration, participants may select two books from the following titles:

(Middle School)

Poisoned Water by Candy J. Cooper and Marc Aronson

Ancestor Approved by Cynthia Leitich Smith

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat

Battle Dragons #1 by Alex London

(High School)

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Laura L. Sullivan

Megan Kortlandt, Oakland Schools Literacy Consultant

Jenelle Williams, Oakland Schools Literacy Consultant

Klaudia Janek, MLIS: School Librarian, International Academy

Bethany Bratney, NBCTL, Novi High School

Andrea Zellner, Oakland Schools Literacy Consultant