Café Read-A-Latte If you serve it they will come… Susan K. S. Grigsby Elkins Pointe Middle School Fulton County Schools Ha...
The challenge… <ul><ul><li>How to generate interest in reading amongst middle school students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
More challenges… <ul><ul><li>Reading teachers and Language Arts teachers had little time for collaboration </li></ul></ul>...
Looking for creative solutions <ul><ul><li>How could SSR be incorporated into the school culture? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Build on the perceived coolness of hanging out at Starbucks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crea...
Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SSR accompanied with in...
Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A literacy approach tha...
Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ When students are cho...
Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Whether SSR is a privat...
How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Café Middle School by Becky Kornman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Library Journal, 2/...
How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Reading Teacher buy in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint meetings with Reading Teachers, Langu...
How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Starbucks approached for donations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee </li></ul></ul></ul>...
How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Media Club/Broadcast News Team recruited as servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Morning news p...
How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Strings/Orchestra teacher agreed to bring a small quartet for entertainment </li></ul></ul><u...
How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Media Center door completely redecorated with Café banner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Count-do...
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>Starbucks came through with a huge container of coffee with paper supplies </li></ul></ul>...
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>Library tables covered with tablecloths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Centerpieces on eac...
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>Three coffee drinks on the menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hazelnut Latte </li></ul></...
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
The results… Congratulations to all! In my humble opinion, the Café Read a Latte was a terrific event last evening and a s...
The results… I whole-heartedly agree with Alice! Thanks to Susan and Catherine for a fantastic opening ceremony last night...
Building on success <ul><ul><li>Café events become once-a-month and invitation-only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Held during...
Building on success <ul><ul><li>All items complimentary with an earned invitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grand ope...
Building on success <ul><ul><li>Continued promotion from reading teachers resulted in many invitations </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Building on success <ul><ul><li>High numbers of ESOL students worked to earn invitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circul...
Building on success <ul><ul><li>Perception of the library slightly altered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representative cross...
The recipes… <ul><ul><li>Chocolate Latte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One cup coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
The recipes… <ul><ul><li>French Vanilla Latte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One cup coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><u...
The recipes… <ul><ul><li>Hazelnut Latte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One cup coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Café Read-A-Latte Susan K. S. Grigsby Elkins Pointe Middle School Best clerk ever!
Works Cited <ul><ul><li>Marzano, Robert J.  Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement: Research on What Works...
Works Cited <ul><ul><li>Kornman, Becky.  Café Middle School.  School Library Journal, p49, February, 1998. </li></ul></ul>...
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  1. 1. Café Read-A-Latte If you serve it they will come… Susan K. S. Grigsby Elkins Pointe Middle School Fulton County Schools Hazelnut Latte .50 French Vanilla Latte .50
  2. 2. The challenge… <ul><ul><li>How to generate interest in reading amongst middle school students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to build influence in the media center? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to promote reading in an age-appropriate way? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading isn’t cool… </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. More challenges… <ul><ul><li>Reading teachers and Language Arts teachers had little time for collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Language teachers left completely out of the loop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to insert the media specialist into this mix? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Looking for creative solutions <ul><ul><li>How could SSR be incorporated into the school culture? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does the research say about “free reading” and “sustained silent reading?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can reading and “coolness” be brought together? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Build on the perceived coolness of hanging out at Starbucks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a coffee-shop atmosphere within the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kick off the Café in conjunction with Book Fair </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SSR accompanied with instruction in subject-specific vocabulary can help rescue low achievers and boost academic performance of all students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robert J. Marzano, 2004 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A literacy approach that includes free voluntary reading helps children become better readers, writers, and spellers. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Krashen, 2006 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ When students are choosing their own reading materials, the differences between a 14-year-old freshman and an 18-year-old senior can be significant.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steve Gardiner, 2007 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Café Read-A-Latte! <ul><ul><li>Research on Sustained Silent Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Whether SSR is a private time activity or a discussion or writing motivator, most experts agree that one thing is essential to its success. It is crucial that teachers participate in the process as role models. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gary Hopkins, 1997, rev. 2007 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Café Middle School by Becky Kornman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Library Journal, 2/98 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TAR: Middle School Library Coffee House </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LM-NET query </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Reading Teacher buy in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint meetings with Reading Teachers, Language Arts Teachers, and World Language Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings included reps from TAG (gifted), ESOL, and Special Ed </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Starbucks approached for donations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cups and cup holders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stirrers and napkins </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent volunteers approached </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PTA brewed more coffee and provided servers during the event </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parents and teachers signed up to bring baked goods to go with the coffee </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Media Club/Broadcast News Team recruited as servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Morning news program used to promote the event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers agreed to judge a poster contest to promote the event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posters put on display all over the school </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Strings/Orchestra teacher agreed to bring a small quartet for entertainment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student musicians given the opportunity to play the “open-mic” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers formed a small chorale and sang </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storytellers and dramatic readings </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. How do we do it? <ul><ul><li>Media Center door completely redecorated with Café banner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Count-down calendar on media center entrance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster contest winners announced on morning news </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pizza party contest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homeroom with most visitors during the opening night would win a pizza party courtesy of our PTA </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>Starbucks came through with a huge container of coffee with paper supplies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cookies, brownies, biscotti, and more baked and ready </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Servers taught how to create the different lattes </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>Library tables covered with tablecloths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Centerpieces on each table </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Magazines and newspapers placed around each table </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mini stage set up in reference area of media center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lights dimmed for atmosphere </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>Three coffee drinks on the menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hazelnut Latte </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chocolate Latte </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>French Vanilla Latte </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All baked items cut and ready for individual servings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All items cost .50 each </li></ul></ul>Easy Recipes! Kids loved them!
  19. 19. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Grand Opening Night <ul><ul><li>And this is what it looked like… </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. The results… Congratulations to all! In my humble opinion, the Café Read a Latte was a terrific event last evening and a serious success!! The turnout was wonderful and as I was walking the hall this morning I overheard a student twenty paces back exclaiming, “Café Read a Latte was AWESOME!” It’s not a small feat, impressing middle schoolers….:) Thanks to each of you for your time and energy in making this happen… J Susan – not only was this a great idea – you and Catherine really worked wonders getting students and volunteers all engaged and committed to this event. Hats off! P.S. I feel like I should “twist and shout!” Mrs. Alice P. Smith Remedial Reading Teacher EPMS Reading Contact
  26. 26. The results… I whole-heartedly agree with Alice! Thanks to Susan and Catherine for a fantastic opening ceremony last night. I was thrilled to be a part of this momentous event. Kudos to all! Ms. Judy Alspach Elkins Pointe Middle School 6th Grade TAG-LA 6th Grade TAG-SS
  27. 27. Building on success <ul><ul><li>Café events become once-a-month and invitation-only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Held during the last period on a Friday afternoon in the media center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students must turn in a completed reading log to earn an invitation </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Building on success <ul><ul><li>All items complimentary with an earned invitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grand opening proceeds helped pay for remaining Café events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tables laid out with reading materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers, magazines, and graphic novels were a big hit </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Building on success <ul><ul><li>Continued promotion from reading teachers resulted in many invitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who earned invitations continued to be regular library visitors even when reading wasn’t being logged </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Building on success <ul><ul><li>High numbers of ESOL students worked to earn invitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation of dual-language materials increased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Before/after school visitation by students increased </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Building on success <ul><ul><li>Perception of the library slightly altered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representative cross-section of students becoming regular patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student input on purchased materials increasing </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. The recipes… <ul><ul><li>Chocolate Latte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One cup coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One envelope hot chocolate mix </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Squirt whipped cream </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put chocolate mix in cup, pour coffee, stir, top with whipped cream (add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a “Starbucks” touch) </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. The recipes… <ul><ul><li>French Vanilla Latte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One cup coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two squirts CoffeeMate French Vanilla nondairy creamer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Tablespoon vanilla syrup </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Squirt whipped cream </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put creamer and syrup in cup, pour coffee, stir, top with whipped cream (add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a “Starbucks” touch) </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. The recipes… <ul><ul><li>Hazelnut Latte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One cup coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two squirts CoffeeMate Hazelnut nondairy creamer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Tablespoon hazelnut syrup </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Squirt whipped cream </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put creamer and syrup in cup, pour coffee, stir, top with whipped cream (add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a “Starbucks” touch) </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Café Read-A-Latte Susan K. S. Grigsby Elkins Pointe Middle School Best clerk ever!
  36. 36. Works Cited <ul><ul><li>Marzano, Robert J. Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement: Research on What Works in Schools. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Krashen, Stephen. Free Reading: Is It the Only Way to Make Kids More Literate? School Library Journal, v52 n9 p42, September 2006. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gardiner, Steve. Librarians Provide Strongest Support for Sustained Silent Reading. Library Media Connection, p16, February 2007. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hopkins, Gary. “Sustained Silent Reading” Helps Develop Independent Readers (and writers). www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr038.shtml 10/15/2007. </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Works Cited <ul><ul><li>Kornman, Becky. Café Middle School. School Library Journal, p49, February, 1998. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robison, Margaret. LM-NET response: Audiobook Café (ABC Café) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Martha the Librarian. LM-NET response: Coffee Café/Beatnik Poetry Café </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mangum, Jessica. LM-NET response: Read-A-Latte at Lady’s Island Middle School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cribbs, Jonathan. Let’s Stop By the Library for a Latte: Lady’s Island Middle School students get a treat for reading. Beaufort Gazette, Sept. 22, 2007. </li></ul></ul>

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