This is the home of a unique experiment: the collaboration of the Bogert Elementary School faculty and Authors on Call , the videoconferencing division of Ink Think Tank

‍Over the course of the school year 2011-2012 we intend to discover the answers to the following questions:

  • What happens to the learning environment of our school when our teachers and a team of award- winning children’s nonfiction authors collaborate in a large-scale, school-wide project where everyone is involved in sharing knowledge and skills?
  • Is the love of learning—the passion that drives children’s nonfiction authors--contagious? Can we, teachers, authors, and students catch it from each other? Can authors, who are lifelong learners, infect everyone?
  • What happens to student literacy when the core reading material is children’s nonfiction literature? Our books are normally considered “enrichment” and relegated to a secondary role in student learning, if not completely ignored in most classrooms, although they more than meet national educational standards. This year they become the intellectual meal rather than a sometime dessert. What will that do to test scores? Do you know that the assessment tests include excerpts from many of the Authors on Call books ?
  • How can personal contact with the award-winning authors of the books enhance the professional development of teachers in both literacy skills (writing) and knowledge of content and motivate and challenge students?

The discussions, innovations, discoveries (both successes and mistakes) will be recorded on this wiki. It will be an extraordinary record of every step of this project as it unfolds.

‍This is an adventure to enrich the learning of all participants. If it works the way we dream it can work, we will make history.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.