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Thankful Thursdays

As a teacher, you shape the minds of new generations and strive to make the world a better place every single day. In an effort to recognize the neverending impact of your work, Amplify has planned a series of fun events and giveaways for the weeks ahead.

Keep scrolling to discover the exciting things we’ve been sharing and still have in store to shower you with appreciation for your dedication to educating and inspiring young minds.

What was happening in February?

February 17, 2022 – EVENT

Did you miss our virtual event with Amplify ELA author Ji-li Jiang? This classroom-friendly event began with a read aloud from Red Scarf Girl followed by a Q&A session. 

Check out our YouTube page or the link below to watch the recording! 

What was happening in January?

January 6, 2022 – FUN FREEBIE
Are you and your students setting any 2022 goals? We’ve put together a printable freebie to help! We hope you continue to make being awesome a part of your new year. 

Download the 2022 goals sheet

January 20, 2022 – EVENT
A free, virtual Science of Reading live event with podcast host and expert Susan Lambert was held on January 20. Scroll to the events section below for more details and to watch the replay!

Events

Virtual Read Aloud + Q&A with Ji-lil Jiang

If you missed our free virtual event with Amplify author Ji-li Jiang on February 17, watch the replay below with your classes! Ji-li read from Chapter 1 of her memoir, Red Scarf Girl, and then answered questions submitted by teachers and students!

Science of Reading Q&A with Susan Lambert

Were you able to join us for our free, virtual event on Thursday, January 20 with Science of Reading expert, Susan Lambert, as she explored the science behind literacy and reading? We invite you to watch the replay and submit your questions on this topic in the Comments area.

Susan Lambert is Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Humanities at Amplify. As a former classroom teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer, Susan has a special interest in turning theory into best practices that are immediately applicable in the classroom, as well as in showcasing national models of excellence in this realm. She is the host of the popular Science of Reading: The Podcast, which delivers the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Each episode takes a conversational approach to exploring a timely topic related to the Science of Reading

Past Events

Here’s what happened in December

December 2, 2021 – GIVEAWAY!
In our Facebook groups, we asked members to tell us what items were on their classroom holiday wish lists this year. To express our appreciation for all that these dedicated Amplify teachers do to shape young minds, we raffled the names of four educators from each post’s comment section and fulfilled their wishlists. ​​

Congratulations to the winners!
CKLA teachers: Lilly – Leesburg, FL; Lori – Colorado Springs, CO; Spring – Cookeville, TN; and Wendy – St. George, KS
ELA teachers: Christine – Manitowish Waters, WI; Cori – Knoxville, TN; Evie – Mount Juliet, TN; and Lacy – Lebanon, TN
Amplify Reading teachers: Amelia – Corpus Christi, TX; Stephanie – Howe, TX; and Tracy – West Roxbury, MA
Amplify Science teachers: Dessa – Calumet City, IL; Kari – Becker, MN; LeAnna – Lake Charles, LA; and Natalie – Fairfield, CA

December 9–31, 2021 – GIVEAWAY!
Want to bring a Little Free Library to your school? Sign up by December 31 for a chance to win a library kit along with a book donation, courtesy of Amplify.

Due to an overwhelming response, the winners of this contest will be announced next week. Thanks to every valued educator who submitted an entry!

Congratulations to the winners! 
Ginger, a 2nd grade teacher from Pinon, AZ
April, a 7th–8th grade teacher from French Camp, CA
Margaret, a 2nd grade teacher from Hounma, LA
Molly, a literacy instructional coach from Heber City, UT

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; little libraries have been called “mini-town squares.”

December 16, 2021
As another calendar year comes to an end, we are grateful for the unparalleled impact and dedication of teachers like you!

Please enjoy this special message from Amplify CEO Larry Berger as he reflects on 2021.

Here’s what happened in November

November 11, 2021
Positive thinking has the power to change the energy of your classroom. We shared a gratitude checklist to inspire you and your students to celebrate wins big and small.

Download the gratitude checklist

November 18, 2021
Introducing Teacher Features! This week, we set the spotlight on some wonderful Amplify educators. We shared the video interviews on our Facebook pages, and you can view them in the Teacher Features section here. 

November 21–25, 2021 – GIVEAWAY!
We chose three winners from each of our Facebook groups to receive a fun DIY bookmark-making kit. Winners were chosen from the comments sections of the original giveaway posts.

Congratulations to the winners!
CKLA teachers: Ariana – Spooner, WI;  Julie – Fort Pierce, FL; and Ross – Newfane, NY
ELA teachers: Brittany – Iowa City, IA; Debra – San Diego, CA; and Kelly – Swayzee, IN 
Amplify Reading teachers: Amelia – Corpus Christi, TX; Lisa – Slidell, LA; and Renae – McAllen, TX
Amplify Science teachers: Julianna; Lauren – Churchville, PA; and Lisa – Stearns, KY

Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature was a weeklong segment beginning November 15 and during which we interviewed and spotlighted a handful of the many teachers we are grateful for.

Lovely Coloma is a Vietnam-based educator who is a wonderful asset to our Amplify community!

Justin Suder is an ELA teacher from West Virginia, whose love for Amplify makes us feel so grateful.

Martyna Stelter is an Amplify Reading teacher from Wisconsin. Hear the insights she shared in our interview.

Pedro Garcia is an ELA teacher from California, whose profound passion for teaching is contagious.

Erin Liden is a Science teacher based in Washington. We think you’ll really enjoy hearing her experiences.

Connect with us!

Connect with us!

Are you already a member of our Facebook groups? If not, you can join anytime to keep up with the latest announcements! Our groups are a community of educators from across the country. In these spaces we share best practices, ideas, and support on everything from Amplify implementation to instruction. 

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