Conference Service Project
Working in the Schools-Chicago
The Association of Leadership Educators is proud to again partner with a local community organization during our annual conference in July! As part of our commitment to leave a positive impact on our ALE conference host city, we have partnered with Working in the Schools (WITS) Chicago to donate new and like-new books for Chicago Public School classrooms and programs. WITS’ mission is to set students on a trajectory for success by building critical literacy skills and developing positive self-identity through teacher led professional development and volunteer-powered mentorship programs. Further, WITS helps students achieve reading proficiency and develop positive attitudes towards reading for Chicago Public School students.
WITS happily accepts new and like-new books for 5-12 year-olds. They strive to cultivate a library that includes a wide variety of genres and formats, including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and poetry. WITS is committed to including books in their library that reflect the diversity of their student population and seeks out culturally relevant books that feature main characters of many cultural backgrounds. They look for bilingual books, books set in cities, books that show many types of families, immigrant stories, and books that show women and other minorities in non-stereotypical roles.
If you would like to join our effort in supporting WITS, there are several ways to contribute:
1. Purchase a new or like new book (keeping in mind their genres and formats) and bring it with you to the ALE Conference.
2. Click on the WITS Amazon Wish list, order a few books, have them sent to your home or office in advance of the conference and bring it with you.
3. We will also be accepting donations at the ALE Conference registration table to purchase a group-order of preferred books for WITS, so you donate on-site.
We will present our book donations to a representative from WITS who will join us during the conference.
We look forward to supporting with WITS and thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful organization!