Choice Literacy Big Fresh

Meaning Conversations with Christy Rush Levine

Choice Literacy Big Fresh
Meaning Conversations with Christy Rush Levine

The focus of this week's Big Fresh is meaningful conversations. Christy Rush-Levine joins the podcast.


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Each week Choice Literacy shares the Big Fresh newsletter with a round-up of features around a key topic in literacy education. You can find the January 22, 2021 issue here. 



00:00 Welcome

01:25 Lead Essay

04:49 Classic Classroom Content

07:30 Christy Rush-Levine Interview

19:35 Free for All

21:16 Leaders Lounge Content


Free for All

Making Time for Literacy Chit-Chat to Support Book Choice (2012):  Franki Sibberson shares ways to initiate conversations about books naturally in classrooms. This feature from 2012 includes a question set for launching discussions about books with individual students that remains relevant today. You can find the link to this (and all of the features mentioned) in the show notes.

Write. Right. Rite Series: Meaningful conversations don't have to always be somber. Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at the Library of Congress, presents an inventive way for young people to engage in ideas through his "Write. Right. Rite." Series. It’s a video series and if you haven’t taken the time to check it out, I hope you’ll be able to soon. It’s pretty awesome.

Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism: The Anti-Defamation League gives advice on how to engage young people in conversations about race and racism. They encourage educators to be willing to be uncomfortable and be learners alongside their students. 

Talking About Race: 10 Ways to Have Meaningful Conversations: Dwight Smith suggests 10 ways to lead others in meaningful conversations about race.

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