The story of the Global Read Aloud is a very simple one indeed. What started as a summer night’s conversation and a “What if…” moment spoken aloud, has turned into a global event that somehow grows, changes, adapts, yet perseveres year after year. As new people join our family, as new incredible books are selected, as new technology is incorporated, the mission does not change; one book to connect the world. One book to read aloud. When I look back at the rise of the GRA, I don’t quite know how it happened, only that I am so grateful that it has.
Yet, this project is not just mine, it belongs to all of the educator, children, parents, and administrators that have seen value in it. That have believed in it and made it their own. It belongs to the world, as any global project should do, and yet, it is still my baby. Something that takes up so much time but is so rewarding.
I am therefore incredibly humbled, yet so very excited, to announce that I have been selected for the first annual ISTE Innovation in Global Collaboration award for the creation of the Global Read Aloud. I have wanted to share the news for a while officially on this blog but it feels terribly odd to tout your own accomplishments. But I am proud, it is hard work, and yet, this isn’t really about me. This recognition is about all of us. All of the people that make the Global Read Aloud what it is. It is about all of the kids that believe they can make the world better by taking action and reaching out. It is about all of the teachers that take the leap of faith every year and sign up, not quite knowing what to expect, and still making it their own. It is about all of the authors that write such incredible stories that have to be shared with others. It is about all of you, I just get to represent us all , and for that I am so very grateful.
So if you happen to be at ISTE this summer, and you happen to be around Monday morning, there is some form of breakfast, a recognition of some sort. And while I haven’t gotten many details, I would like to invite all of you to come celebrate this award with me somehow. If you can meet up with me, please come tell me your story. Find me and please celebrate with me.
This award may have my name on it, but that is only because there isn’t enough room for all of yours. Thank you so much for spending your time with the Global Read Aloud. Thank you so much for believing in me.
I am a passionate teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, USA but originally from Denmark, who has taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grade. Proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. The second edition of my first book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” will be published by Routledge in the fall. Second book“Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners” is out now from Corwin Press. Join our Passionate Learners community on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.