Happy almost-October, everyone!
What have I been doing for the past month? Oh, a lot of reading, some book-clubbing, I See the Web touring, working at the local Renaissance Festival…
I know the blog’s been a little quiet lately, but this month is shaping up to be a really action-packed one. We have the cover reveal of A Single Thread on Friday, October 3rd and its release on Halloween, plus a ton of fun stuff in between.
Here’s something you might not know: I’ve recently become involved with an educational non-profit called I Have a Dream Oregon.
This fantastic organization makes it a priority to get valuable and necessary resources to low-income students, families, and schools. The focus is on helping them envision and then achieve a positive place for themselves in the world, in a career, in a community. I Have a Dream has grown from adopting one graduating class at a time to adopting a whole school district in need, bolstering it with financial support, volunteer work, and partnerships that help these kids succeed.
Literacy and reading are a huge part of that, which I think we can all get behind.
Our core theory of change is that communities must take primary responsibility for decreasing low-income student and family barriers, so that educators can focus on teacher effectiveness and classroom outcomes. Leveraging and aligning existing community resources in highly strategic, comprehensive partnerships with low-income schools is an efficient, cost-effective and replicable approach. An investment in what we refer to as “strategic partnership leadership” is all it takes to move the student success needle.
Needless to say, this amazing work requires a lot of money, and every little bit counts. To that end, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be donating 100% of my royalties for the rest of 2014 to I Have a Dream. I’ll also match every sale with a dollar of my own.
Buy I See the Web or, upon its release, A Single Thread, anytime now through December 31st, and that’s more dollars to creating opportunities for the kids who need them most.
What are you waiting for?
(Feel free to donate directly too, but then you won’t get a nice little book to read as a bonus, will you?)