Secondary Reading League

Leaders for Literacy in Grades 6-12

March 2018

Current 2018 SRL Events

Spring Book Talk

Tuesday, April 24th, 5:30pm

123 W Jefferson Ave

Naperville, IL

Please join the Secondary Reading League for its annual Spring YA Book Talk at Lou Malnati's in Naperville, IL on Tuesday, April 24th starting at 5:30pm. Hear about the latest and most popular YA books from our friends at Anderson's Bookstore and purchase any books at a discount afterward (Anderson's is right next door!). A pizza and salad dinner will be served at 5:30, and the Book Talk will begin punctually at 6:20. The evening event will also include collegial conversation, opportunities to network, and a preview of other upcoming SRL events. So that we can personalize this Book Talk, please e-mail Erik at if there are any specific genres, topics, themes, conflicts, etc. that you would appreciate the presenter considering when choosing which books to highlight.

In order to RSVP, please visit

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Dear Members,

We all love to attend great professional development when possible. Most of us have some type of PLC at our building. Many of us have peers that we bounce ideas off of and grow from these reflections.

But, some of us want more. In fact, if you are like me, you want inspiration on a weekly basis.

After a couple of years of trying Twitter Chats on, I have found that these are wonderful, quick bites of professional inspiration and growth. I attend as many as 4-5 each week, but attending one a week will surely get you started on a very unique journey if you give it a chance.

Did I mention that you can do the Twitter Chats in your PJs with your favorite drink or snack?

How does it work?

Twitter Chats are usually an hour long. There are chats to join almost every day of the week. Most are during “Prime Time” which is 7:00 your time.

There are many chats out there for various reasons and following many topics. For example, NCTE has a chat, which meets once a month. Our chat, called #SRLedChat meets the first Sunday of each month at 7 pm CDT.

To begin, you must first create a Twitter account. Simply go to and sign up! You will then be able to follow wonderful people in the education world. For example- here is a short list of great people to follow and their “handles.”


@KellyGToGo- Kelly Gallagher









Next, find a chat that you like. To do so, you will go to their title that begins with a #. It will take a little playing around, but once you find one or two that you like, they will surely advertise other chats for you to attend.

To start, I recommend that you look at the following chats. Simply go to the top search bar in Twitter and type the following in. You will see Tweets from the latest chat and you should be able to tell when the next chat might be.










I strongly suggest that when attending your first chat, you sit back and watch how it works. It can be fast and sometimes overwhelming, but it is well worth learning.

Once you are ready to jump in, you will notice that Twitter Chats have a format. It all begins will an introduction of the chat and will ask participants to say a little bit about themselves. After everyone says hi, the questions will begin. Most ask a question by beginning with the letter Q and a number. Below is an example:

Q1 What novel do you find gets the most interest in Middle School ELA classes? #SRLedChat

Then you will see participants answering the question in the following manner:

A1 I have found that Middle School students are very engaged in social justice books like The Hate You Give.


Notice that every time that you enter a Tweet, you will include the title of the chat with your tweet! This way, all that are attending the chat sees it and the chats are organized.

Like anything in life, if you try it, it will make more sense. Jumping in and getting the experience will not only make joining these chats easier, they will become fun and rewarding. A bonus to joining the chats is certainly the wonderful people that you meet. Your professional learning network will grow and you will talk to educators all around the world!

I hope you try this out! When you do, follow me at @LevineWrites and I will help you whenever I can.

Mark Levine

Secondary Reading League President

42nd Day of Reading Presenter

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