Project LIT Summit: Educator Highlights & Takeaways

Following our inaugural Project LIT Summit, we asked attendees to complete a post-conference survey, so that we could determine what went well and identify areas of improvement for future events.

But, what’s the point of asking for feedback if you don’t do anything with it? Over the course of the week, we will share all of the survey responses, starting with educator highlights and major takeaways.

Whether you were able to make it to Nashville for our summit or followed from afar, hope you enjoy reading through the responses! (Additionally, check out our previous blog posts to read some of student testimonials from the day.)


A highlight of Project LIT Summit was…

  • Getting to meet all the students and educators passionate about Project LIT.
  • The authors were just amazing. And meeting students from established chapters!
  • The author panel! I wish my students had been along to hear it!
  • Meeting so many new colleagues and getting the chance to interact with authors.
  • I truly enjoyed Julia Torres’ session. I wish she had more time. Hearing the kids share their journeyed was powerful.
  • Meeting the authors and hearing from them in more intimate settings.
  • The author panel!  They are all so personable and interesting.  And it definitely made me love them even MORE!
  • All of it?  I loved every minute!
  • Connecting with students.
  • Seeing students lead and sharing their excitement.
  • Getting to meet and talk to other members I have been following on Twitter.
  • Being able to share this opportunity with two of my students and seeing how this energized and inspired them!
  • The panel – and I usually don’t like panels. I want to STEAL that idea.
  • Seeing the passion of the young people and hearing their stories!
  • Meeting and working with the students.
  • All the time I got to spend with the authors. It was HUGE!
  • Connecting with amazing LIT educators. Being able to connect face to face elevated our community.
  • Getting to know more about Tiffany Jackson and the breakout session with Julia Torres was AMAZING!
  • I loved seeing the student leaders. They are some amazing people and I hope to help to empower my students to step up into leadership as well. All of it. It was so much more than I anticipated.
  • To see the students actively participating and leading the work of the day.
  • Meeting fellow leaders from across the country who have similar passions.
  • Getting to meet everyone from he Twitterverse!
  • Connecting with authors in such a low key and authentic way. I loved watching all of them prioritizing their time with students above all, and hearing their insights and advice. It was also so great to talk with other educators about the work. Julia’s session and guidance was just incredible. So amazed and proud of the work she is doing.
  • Finally meeting my Twitter fam IRL!
  • After the summit, running into other ProjectLIT leaders at ALA
  • 1. Meeting and hearing Kwame Alexander 2. Being around other educators who value diversity in literature.
  • Finding people from Twitter IRL and making F2F connections!


What are some of your major takeaways from Project LIT Summit 18?

  • There is a need for the work the Project LIT community is doing. This is what community is really all about.
  • There is a lot of momentum and love for what we’re doing; we’re on the right track!
  • The kids do the majority of the work. I feel like I have a much better understanding and “vision” of what our chapter can look like starting next year.
  • A stack of books to read and an overall sense of how Project LIT works and how I can get it started.
  • “Make sure all the books are for all the kids.”
  • I still have a lot to learn.  I really appreciated the discussion of what challenges others face and how to most effectively get support from the community.  I also took with me the energy and excitement of teachers who love great YA Lit and are working hard to give meaningful texts to kids.
  • Invest in student leadership and find a community partner.
  • Great ideas for teaching these books in my classroom.  Great books to use that I hadn’t thought of.  Great ways to make it more student led – including my classroom.
  • I’m not alone.
  • Just the IRL connections between the people I follow online was AMAZING.
  • There are more of us than I thought.  😘
  • Together, we are a mighty force for bringing books to Ss and for reading them ourselves, we are better.
  • The power of empowering students to be at the helm; this movement is infectious and we have the power to impact and changes lives of not only students, but adults as well.
  • The work Project LIT is doing is not just important but ESSENTIAL for us to reach our maximum effectiveness as educators.
  • The students’ leadership
  • SEEING all the other chapters together, connected, and inspired made it REAL (I see it on Twitter, but dang!). So impressive.
  • As I launch I have a whole PLN to support my efforts.
  • The energy, the ideas about how to start, the belief that we can take this a long way.
  • Schedule our flight not so close to the start of the Summit, how to actually run a book club meeting and what it looks like, and how to let my students lead in a variety of ways.
  • Collaborate more with Ss–they don’t hide their feelings about what they like & don’t; they also have great ideas to change things they don’t like.  I’ll involve them more in planning our year & advocating w other Ts that their voice needs more of a place in our Project LIT planning (starting with which books we read).
  • There is more work to be done. My goal list grew to include: ramping up Project LIT West Coast, seeking out neighboring districts and educators to create new chapters, attend more conferences and do more presentations to change the canon. Our kids deserve it.
  • To not just use it as a club and after school program but to actually teach the books.
    I want to make sure I am giving my students the literature they want, and also things that will challenge them emotionally.
  • The students’ leadership
  • The connections- reinterating that I AM doing what’s best for my kids- The resources ( in print and in person).
  • Allowing choice for students is important.
  • The passion that everyone had at the summit was contagious. This community feels like it will explode in the next couple years forcing not only curriculum to change but how we read for leisure.
  • YA authors just are the realest. Not sure if it is the material they write about or just that they have more passion for their readers but there are no barriers and they seem to see the bigger picture of what literature should be.
  • There are more ways that we can infiltrate curriculum beyond just my book club.
  • Nic’s author session will stick with me- especially what she told us about hating the term “reluctant readers” also reaffirming my belief that these books are worthy of teaching/study. Finally that for any educational programming/teaching to be truly effective, we must keep students at the center and follow their lead.
  • I CAN do it. It’s MUCH easier than I thought. Start slow and grow. There are way more people doing this amazing work than I thought. I am not alone. We are not alone.
  • Giving kids a voice in their reading is critical, and there’s nothing wrong with encouraging literacy using new vehicles.
  • Community. Community. Community!

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Author: Jarred Amato

High school English teacher who is passionate about improving TN education, one book at a time.

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