Multicultural Literacy: A Mission

Author Antonio Sacre

Author Antonio Sacre

Author, storyteller, performer, speaker, and Growing Educators Keynote Speaker Antonio Sacre is on a mission: to help children in Los Angeles through multicultural storytelling.  He has a new goal: to raise $3000 to support  this mission.  He is only $500 away from that goal and that’s were we as supporters of multicultural literacy come in.  As Antonio puts it, “Through assemblies, stories, and fun, I want to help inner city, bilingual children in Los Angeles discover, embrace, and love their culture.”

As a child of a Cuban father and an Irish-American mother, Antonio knows what it is like to grow up bilingually, speaking both English and Spanish.  He remembers a time while growing up that he was ashamed of being bilingual and actually tried to hide his ability to speak Spanish with others.  Now as an author and storyteller of multicultural bilingual books, he wants to instill in children a pride in their heritage and to see their bilingualism as a vehicle to help them achieve their dreams.

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Antonio Sacre Storytelling

As Antonio comments on his books, “Many of my stories speak to the joys and challenges of growing up in these three cultures, and I want all children to feel the pride of their own cultures, the incredible gift it can be to speak other languages, and the importance of family stories in shaping who they can become.”  It is with this goal in mind that Antonio is pursuing his fundraising campaign. 

All of the money he raises will be spent on providing his services to schools for no cost and for providing sets of his books to the school libraries and bookmarks for all the students, bringing his dream to reality.  As Antonio puts it, his programs are “very entertaining, also fulfill many aspects of the Common Core educational standards, inspire children to strive to be bilingual and preserve their own cultures, and encourage all children to be more accomplished readers and writers.”  Growing Educators supports Antonio’s efforts at inspiring our young readers and writers.

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Antonio’s latest book


Antonio says any donation helps, even $1, but when you donate $25, he’ll send you his new book, My Name is Cool: Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller, autographed. What a treat!

Antonio Sacre's Multicultural Books

Antonio Sacre’s Multicultural Books

To find out more about this dynamic, inspiring author, his books, and his work with children:

Click here to find out how you can support his cause.

Click here or here to find out more about Antonio Sacre, visit his blog, or Facebook page.


Written by Growing Educators Staff Developer Courtney Kinney

Upcoming GEMS Saturday Conference

Welcome to a brand new school year, full of possibilities and endless opportunities to grow professionally.  We are very excited to invite you to join us for our first GEMS Saturday Conference for this new school year.  What a wonderful way to begin your year.  Our focus includes using balanced literacy to support  the implementation of the common core and you will attend sessions that support planning a strategic launch for your reading and writing workshops this year.

What: Use Balanced Literacy TO Support Implementation of The Common Core;

Plan A Strategic Launch To Your Reading and Writing Workshops

When: Saturday, September 7. 2013

7:45AM: Light Breakfast

8:30-9:15AM: Keynote Speakers Jessica Martin and  Renee Houser, Growing Educators Founders and Directors

9:20-11:30AM: Sessions

Where: Carthay Center Elementary School


6351 W. Olympic Blvd. 

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Cost: Only $25

Growing Educators Staff

Growing Educators Staff

To register, click here or on-site registration the day of the event is available.


Unlocking the Common Core: Insight from Educator Rob Ross

Rob Ross delivering the keynote address at our 2nd Annual Summer Conference on the Teaching of Reading and Balanced Literacy

Rob Ross delivering the keynote address at our 2nd Annual Summer Conference on the Teaching of Reading and Balanced Literacy

We were honored to have renowned educator, literacy expert, former Teachers College staff, director of curriculum and assistant principal of Westminster Charter School in Buffalo, New York, and friend Rob Ross with us this week at our 2nd Annual Summer Conference on the Teaching of Reading and Balanced Literacy.

His keynote speech focused on bringing victory to schools in preparing to implement the common core state standards this fall.  He emphasized it’s how teachers “position” themselves that’s really important when we think about the common core.

In his address, he suggested ten things all educators need in order to gain a victory in the common core era, using the analogy of a soccer game to illustrate his points:

10. Mentors: we all need amazing mentors around us

9. Practice: we need time to practice our craft of teaching

8. Tournaments (being a part of something): attending conferences and bringing back information to colleagues

7. Uniform: everything we need to teach (books, books, and more books! Also, workshop resources)

6. Coaching: it’s about teamwork and coaching each other

5. Work the field: how does reading come alive in your classroom and campus?

4. Referees and Rule Books: our guiding concepts and rules for how we act and what we expect. Community-building: the team is only as strong as the weakest link, so make sure everyone feels they are a part of the team

3. Hmm, left that number out!

2. Play defense: have colleagues support you

1. Goal Post (guarded): your class and students are part of the team. Every teacher on campus makes them who they are.

In a reflective closing, Rob urged us to ask ourselves, “How do I look at the common core with a lens of what’s good for kids?” Books are key he suggested. With “power and passion you will make this work” Rob said. Thank you for an inspiring week Rob!

To hear more from Rob Ross, follow him on Twitter: @RobRossNY

Written by Growing Educators Staff Developer Courtney Kinney