My Trip

The final route.

To explore and investigate literacy learning and attainment across America, specifically within communities with high levels of social deprivation with a focus on finding new, exciting and eccentric ideas around engaging children and young people in literacy learning!

I will do this through:
Engaging with schools of mixed provision and status in the states I visit
Engaging with community organisations supporting literacy projects in the states I visit
Engaging with “local authorities” for education in the states I visit
Engaging with academics in respected national and international institutions
Engaging with education policy makers nationally with links to in the states I visit

I will also be acting as an "ambassador for Nottingham",  promoting Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as a City of Literature and a county of literacy.

The Trip 
Initial stop in New York and a visit the Roosevelt Library, in Hyde Park, Upstate New York. Visit the FDR Four Freedoms Park, Eleanor Roosevelt memorial and Ellis Island. Meet with 826 NYC & The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries and Story Pirates. 

Travel to Washington DC area – Visit the 2 FDR memorials (9th Street Archives memorial and the FDR and Eleanor presidential memorial) in DC and museums such as the Library of Congress and National Museum of American History. Visit 826 DC & Tivoli’s Astounding Magical Supply Store, and the memorial to the 508th PIR who were stationed at Wollaton Hall during WWII.

Travel to Chicago and meet with academics and associates at Roosevelt University. Visit 826 Chicago & the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Store, Stay Sit Read and the Chicago Public Library. Visit George Washington Carver Elementary School!

Travel to Iowa City and meet with their City of Literature team and the Iowa Young Writers Project. Visit Mark Twain Elementary School.

Halloween in Alton, Illinois.

Travel to St Louis to work with The Little Bit Foundation.

Travel to Nashville and explore their award winning children's library at the Nashville Public Library.

Travel to Pigeon Forge, Tenneessee, and meet with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library International team.

Travel to Memphis and meet with Literacy Mid-South and visit the Benjamin L Hooks Memphis Public Library.

Travel to Dallas to work with Readers 2 Leaders and the Aberg Centre for Literacy.

Travel to Albuquerque to work with Read ABQ in Bel Air Elementary. Visit the university’s D. H. Lawrence Ranch in Taos.

Travel to Pheonix to meet with Read On Arizona.

Travel to San Diego to work with Travelling Stories.

Thanksgiving in Modesto, California.

Travel to Los Angeles and work with 826 LA & the Echo Park and Mar Vista Time Travel Marts.

Travel to San Francisco and visit  San Francisco Public Library Fisher Children’s Centre, meet with 826 National and the Oakland Literacy Coalition, and work with Valencia and the Pirate Supply Store // the Tenderloin Centre and King Carl’s Emporium.