Oakland Schools Presents...

Smells Like Teen Spirit: 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 3:30-4:30pm


Virtual via Zoom

Cost: $30 to cover the cost of books

SCECHs pending approval

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

(Middle School)

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Three Keys by Kelly Yang

(High School)

Birthday by Meredith Russo

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

Slay by Brittney Morris

Megan Kortlandt, Oakland Schools Literacy Consultant

Jenelle Williams, Oakland Schools Literacy Consultant

Libby Held, Holly Area Schools English Teacher, Online Coordinator, Literacy Coach

Klaudia Janek, MLIS: School Librarian, International Academy

Bethany Bratney, NBCTL, Novi High School

Andrea Zellner, Oakland Schools Literacy Consultant