Interested in this innovation?

Great! Our mission is to help innovations spread.

Contact the innovator here:

A
L
J
MALI

Bookmark the ones you like!

You can bookmark all your favorite innovations to your profile.

Express-a-Book is an innovative and creative approach to a traditional book club.

Express-A-Book

United States
Express-a-Book uses the Arts, to create a learner centered, collaborative environment to share ideas. Participants experience the Arts and the format highlights the accessibility and power of the creative process. When we bring people together in a collaborative and creative environment we see learners, of all ages, engage at a high level. The Express-a-Book process supports this notion.
Introduction

How to Express-a-Book

Jake Sturtevant, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative
“ It was wonderful to have the opportunity and excuse to jump in the sandbox and find ways to play with, highlight, reflect, and communicate my learning in a unique way. ”

Jake Sturtevant, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative

What we do?

Express-a-Book was created to serve as the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative’s (MALI) approach to collaborating, connecting and sharing reading, podcasts, talks etc. MALI believes in the power to share and generate ideas through the ARTS!

We have successfully used Express-a-Book at conferences and gatherings in Maine and beyond in a variety of ways. The format has been shared in workshops, videos, short articles and highlighted in Teaching Strategies That Create Assessment-Literate Learners by Jeffrey Beaudry and Anita Stewart McCafferty.


Why we do it?

Express-a-Book supports learners to:

* Share ideas and resources through an active process

* Use the arts to make information accessible and engaging for learners

* Learn together as a community

* Allow for individuals who do not often engage in art making processes to experience the potential of the arts to enhance learning 

* Offer a low cost, simple, scalable and refreshing approach to a 'book club' 

* The process has practical applications for a variety of classrooms and settings. Express-a-Book can be applied across disciplines or in professional learning communities, it can take place face to face or electronically, within or across schools, districts, across a region/state/country/ and even the globe.

* Individuals must be willing to stretch and be vulnerable

* The process is an example of teachers teaching teachers and provides the structure for learners of all ages to freely share their voices and ideas. 

Express-a-Book was created by members of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI), an eight year old statewide (Maine, USA) organization who is committed to the development of Teacher Leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning and assessment in the Arts for all students. Using a Logic Model MALI educators develop ideas, take on challenges, solve problems and implement and share their at the local level and beyond. The ongoing work impacts hundreds of classrooms, schools and most importantly students and their creative beings. 

Special thanks to Chris Pinchbeck for brainstorming and helping us with the innovative name Express-a-Book.





Read more ›
Innovation Overview
5 - 18
Age Group
100
Children/Users
4
Countries
2017
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
229
Views
Tips for implementation
Be open to sharing ideas through creative approaches. Express-a-Book provides a safe space and framework to play with ideas in new ways.
Connect with innovator
A
L
J
MALI
Media

See this innovation in action

Lindsay Pinchbeck - All Together - response to A Call to Action
Jake Sturtevant -Boredom- Remix
Argy Nestor Explores ideas around Trauma through watercolor and words
Argy Nestor uses lines and words to express "How Great Leaders inspire Action" a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek.
Jake Sturtevant creates an original soundscape inspired by Mindfulness and Meditation practices
Lindsay Pinchbeck creates colorful bags inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh's Planting Seeds
What? How? Why?

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

Map

Spread of the innovation

loading map...
Steps

Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

01
GETTING STARTED
Find, create or be guided to a group of people excited about sharing their learning and ideas.
Read more
02
CONNECT
Connect with your kindred spirits to discuss your initial ideas and direction of your group.
Read more
03
SET MEETING DATE
Meet in Person or online
Read more
04
CREATE
After reading or absorbing your resources decide how you will express through a creative experience.
Read more
05
SHARE
The Sharing meeting. Individuals share work and receive responses and feedback to generate discussions around a topic or area of interest.
Read more
06
WRAP UP
What are your take aways?
Read more