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Creating a world of readers and thinkers

The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization. We create and publish the Junior Great Books® program, and we produce books and initiatives that support lifelong learning. Through inquiry, reading, and discussion, we inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life to become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens. Please join us in creating a world of readers and thinkers.

Through our community outreach programs we encourage people to become reflective and well-informed citizens by reading about and discussing issues that impact each of us and the world we share.

 
 

Chicago Foundation for Women Using #HerVoice to Share Stories

“Contemporary culture has fallen in love again with storytelling. And women’s stories, in their beauty and complexity, have the power to shape minds and shift views.”

This quote appears at the beginning of the introduction to Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community. Written by K. Sujata, President of the Chicago Foundation for Women, this introduction explores the power and importance of women’s stories. In this video, K. Sujata and April Callen, Manager of Communications at the Chicago Foundation for Women, not only read from the introduction to Her Own Accord, but also share their stories with us.
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How Does an Idea Become a Best Practice?

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Great Books teachers Judith Donroe and Elizabeth Tremper at Hamden Middle School.

by Judith Donroe, Reading Consultant/Teacher, Hamden Middle School

Common Core has opened a path to thinking and learning that calls for change in the way teachers teach. But how does a teacher change her practice to reflect that call? How does an idea become a best practice? And finally, how does a school take that practice and make it its own?

Our school, Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut, is a reflection of our town with many different nationalities, religions, languages, abilities and
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Chicago Women: Celebrating Our Voices

adu-hoa3What are you doing Tuesday evening May 17? How about celebrating the release of an amazing anthology of women’s writing? Join us to cheer the publication of our new book Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community at a free event on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus. Three of the authors included in the book—Nina Barrett, Cristina Henríquez, and Laura Negrete—will be there to discuss their creative processes and how gender impacts their lives. Mark your calendar now to meet other Chicago women, enjoy hearing individual females voices, & celebrate the strength of our collective voice!  Find out more & register today!
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What People Are Saying

 
The Shared Inquiry training was phenomenal!…

--Lynn Tschaplinski K-6 Reading Coordinator Oak Ridge Schools Oak Ridge, TN

This may sound like an exaggeration, but Great Books saved my sanity…. For two years it was the center of my life. Thank you Great Books.

--Virginia Tschanz Westminster, CO

Junior Great Books is making such a difference with our students….

--Dr. Grace A. Reid Principal Bernard Elementary School Washington, D.C.

As a child I went through the Junior Great Books program and really want my children to have the same experience. I feel that this is the best program out there to provide my children with the critical thinking skills they will need to succeed later in life, and I'm excited to be working to bring a Junior Great Books program to their school!

--Parent Volunteer Coordinator Elementary School Illinois

Junior Great Books training is hands down the most informative, useful (and fun) professional development I've ever attended.

--Elizabeth A. Scott, Second Grade Teacher Kemps Landing/Old Donation School
Virginia Beach, VA

My students thought today's testing was easy. I know it was because we use @GreatBooksFnd in the classroom. #rigor

--Dan Chadd,
3rd grade teacher,
New Market, Indiana (@DanChadd)

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