Project LIT Summit Recap: Glows and Grows

The Project LIT Summit recap continues this morning with “glows,” positives from the event, and “grows,” ways that we can improve in the future. Thanks again to the educators for your feedback!


What did you enjoy most about the summit, and why?

  • The students at our table were amazing and so inspiring. The love they have found for books is something we are all hoping to model for all students.
  • Hearing from students and authors and getting to hear how other schools are implementing Project LIT.
  • I liked the breakout sessions by region. It was a bit less intimidating and fun to meet people who are close and plan possible interactions for the future.
  • Talking with students, listening to authors
  • The camaraderie between educators. We are all either starting or in our first years of the community so everyone is pushing everyone to be great.
  • I loved the authors being around to just talk. Living in rural Wisconsin, the opportunities for author visits are much more limited.
  • The excitement of the day was contagious and I really enjoyed hearing from founding members and the authors who inspired them. It fueled me with the energy to come back and share the community in my district and larger Pittsburgh community.
  • Spending the day with others who love kids and books and reading as much as I do. There are some really fantastic teachers in the U.S. It was awesome to get to network with them and pick their brains.
  • I enjoyed seeing the kids participate in true author panel because I believe that’s an important leadership quality we need to invest in. I also enjoyed having time to mingle with other chapters and brainstorming ideas.
  • Meeting the authors and having them available all day – what a great way to get inside their minds and see how they go about writing.
  • As I said earlier, I loved the IRL connections and the author panel, but I also loved the energy in the room and especially the student participation! It was SO inspiring.
  • Engaging with educators and students mostly! To my knowledge, this is the first event of this kind where students and educators come together for learning and literature. This is epic! And hopefully our students enjoyed this experience and will tell others.
  • I enjoyed everything. I loved being at that school, being in Nashville, seeing these awesome authors that I love, and getting to interact with teachers of been following him in trying to talk to on Twitter.
  • I enjoyed the people. The environment was extremely self-affirming. Being around like-minded educators and students showed me that what I thought, what I was doing, and what I wanted to do IS what’s best for kids and for the profession. These people are awesome.
  • Meeting and interacting with the authors – all of them were so personable and seemed genuinely happy to be there and to talk to the summit attendees.
  • Hearing the students speak, their testimonies and passion
  • Hearing from the authors; they are our rockstars and it’s great when they want to come and share who they are and why they write.
  • The time for communication and interaction with other teachers who see the value in new books. Also, I loved hearing from students who have been impacted by Project LIT.
  • Hands down, the time with authors. It was the best!!! I spent more time with Nic Stone than I did with other project leaders and it was awesome.
  • Hearing student testimonies because ultimately this should be all about them!
  • The connections with educators all over the country. I feel that the Project LIT Family is closer now that we have spent a day collaborating and engaging with each other. It was valuable time well spent.
  • Meeting people bc it felt like coming home to your people and getting to engage with authors in such a low key down to earth way – most conferences don’t have as much time for either of those things.

Do you have any suggestions or comments to help us improve future Project LIT Summits?

  • Maybe implement region/state coordinators to help upcoming chapters. Maybe do some regional events as well.
  • More authors! More students! More days!
  • Sessions that focus on the issues we are reading about. Demystifying Islam, Black Lives Matter and police violence toward African Americans, Being a LGTBQ teen. Etc.  I think people would gain much more confidence in sharing these texts if they understood more about the issues/had a chance to discuss with others.
  • It would be fun to see kids leading a session.
  • Hard work of local team was beyond evident. Kudos!!!!
  • I think if we can have some sessions or have a number of students involved in this to sit at educators’ tables to have discussions with the educators too. The more we can hear from the students who have benefit from it, the better.
  • It was great! I hope I’ll be able to attend again in future years – next year is uncertain depending on timing but it was absolutely wonderful.
  • Two author signing times – maybe one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Take the group picture somewhere where everyone can be seen.
  • As the community grows, I’d love to have an opportunity to lead/meet with other leaders in the state/area to just have a mid-year check-in.
  • I want to think more about a kid track and an adult track – how do we get more kids more actively involved in the whole day – what workshops/shorter chunks of time do we create that gets helps them all feel like leaders, contributors for next year? What activities/planning/projects could the kids work on to begin thinking about the upcoming year’s books – creating book trailers, posters, working with authors, even time to preview the upcoming books and see what themes, topics they might want to highlights, get them on Canva creating promotional materials, etc.?  How do we weave time with adults and time away from adults throughout the day?  How do we help more chapters bring kids?  How do we get more teachers contributing ideas for students’ breakout sessions?
  • Perhaps add an element of EdCamp style: a board in which people can write in what they want to discuss so mini-groups can form.
  • More sessions once there are more experienced chapters. Possibly student-led sessions too.
  • Having a site/ notes/ shared space ppl can log onto.
  • This year was pretty awesome. If you can replicate that for next year, I will be there for sure, and hopefully I will have lots of great stuff to share myself after a year as chapter leader!
  • More time. A second day. Ed Camp style. Things I’ve already mentioned in previous responses.
  • Organize the regional breakout session a bit more. This would be a great opportunity for teachers in close geographic areas to connect.

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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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