With school back in session, our thoughts return to standardized tests, class sizes and budgets, and the trials and tribulations of homework. Poudre School District is a top notch district in Colorado, but our public schools nationwide still have many educational gaps. Did you know that 25% of high school seniors don’t know who Adolf Hitler was? Or that 19% of high school graduates can’t read? Or that the average elementary school teacher spends $1,000 of her own money each year to buy materials for her classroom?
Teresa Funke & Company is devoted to helping teachers bridge the gaps in education related to literacy, history, social studies, and the arts by partnering with civic groups, businesses, and organizations that are interested in supporting the needs of children in our community. Her Author Visit Program was created at the request of area teachers, who have not seen a rebound in school budgets but very much want her author visits, writing workshops, history assemblies, and classroom sets of free books.
Throughout the academic year, award-winning author Teresa Funke plans on living out her belief that in order to raise writing and literacy scores, students must first connect to those subjects in a personal way. She plans on visiting 10 local elementary schools to deliver workshops that tie to educational standards, are grade appropriate, and are based on teacher input.
Customized to each teacher’s requests, Teresa’s visits cover topics and history that relate to her WWII Home-Front Heroes book series. She engages students with character development, writing workshops, and exciting activities that get them thinking about history and literacy in ways they hadn’t before.
To reach up to 1,200 students this year, she partnered with local businesses who were willing to provide sponsored support to supplement the cost of Teresa’s visits with elementary and middle school children. Each school visit is customized to the teacher’s requests and can include up to three specialized writing and history workshops at each school and/or one-on-one writing coaching with select students. Each school also receives one classroom set of 25 of Teresa’s WWII children’s books to supplement curriculum each year. Or students can earn a book to keep through a simple writing incentive activity.
Generous support for the 2017-2018 Author Visit Program has been made possible by these local businesses:
If championing literacy, writing, World War II education, and the arts is of interest to you, please contact Teresa and she will send you a partner packet. Let her know if you have a preferred school (maybe the school your children or grandchildren attend). Contact her to learn more: