A huge “thank you” to Dr. Chea Parton for her excellent presentation to my YA Lit class about the place of place in YA literature. This presentation, Chea’s knowledge generally, are widely relevant. I encourage all educators to consider inviting her as a speaker.– Dr. Sue Weinstein Louisiana State University
For Classroom Teachers
Professional Development: Do you teach in a rural school or a school that serves rural students? Want to learn more about using critical rural pedagogies? I offer professional development packages with various topics and can also tailor PD to the needs of your department, school, and/or district.
Classroom Collaboration: Are you teaching rural YAL in your secondary ELA classroom? Do you plan to offer students the option of creating book talks as a project? I would be happy to host videos created by students on the Reading Rural YAL YouTube Channel. Will you be working on some place-based writing with students where rural and rural out-migrant students can write about their experiences in the world? I would love to host their writing on the (Non)Rural Voices blog. I’m also open to collaborating in other ways that make sense for you and the needs and goals of your course and students.
Individual and Group Mentoring: I learned so much from my university field supervisor as a preservice teacher and found myself wishing I still had access to one as an in-service teacher. Rural schools especially tend to experience challenges in asking more veteran teachers to mentor new teachers because everyone wears so many hats and has so many responsibilities. It’s also likely that a teacher might be the only grade level teacher for a certain subject or the only teacher of a subject altogether. With that understanding, I mentor rural ELA teachers, coaching them in lesson design, critical rural pedagogy, reading and writing workshop, you name it. I’m happy to work with both individuals and groups.
Chea is a dedicated and thoughtful mentor. Throughout my preservice teaching experience, she consistently made me feel valued and listened to, while still challenging me to meet high expectations. She remained a crucial part of my support system throughout my first few years in the classroom, when she was always just a phone call away, ready to listen to my stories, debrief about tricky situations, and pose probing questions that would keep me reflecting for days to come. I absolutely would not be half the educator I am today without Chea’s support and guidance. I feel lucky to call her a mentor and friend.– Sarah B.
For Teacher Educators
Guest Lectures and Campus Visits: I’m available for virtual visits to YA Lit courses, ELA methods courses, and Curriculum and Instruction departments to present about how place and rurality shape our reading and meaning making of texts. I am happy to collaborate with you so that my talk meets the needs of your students and/or faculty.
Classroom Collaborations: Are you teaching rural YAL in your YA Lit class or ELA methods courses? I would be happy to host videos created by students on the Reading Rural YAL YouTube Channel. Will you be working on some place-based writing with students where rural and rural out-migrant students can write about their experiences in the world? I would love to host their writing on the (Non)Rural Voices blog! I’m also open to collaborating in other ways that make sense for you and the needs and goals of your course and students.
Chea’s presentation to our students, faculty, and local teachers was a well-crafted combination of exciting theory and discussion that got us thinking about how place affects us as readers and teachers. I came away with several new ideas for my writing and literature pedagogy courses.Dr. Alison Heron Hruby, Associate Professor of English Education at Morehead State University
For Libraries and Librarians
Folk Writing and Community Literacy Workshops: Part of my passion is inspiring rural people to tell their stories. I have designed writing workshops to encourage and provide space for rural people to tell their stories. Workshops include the opportunity to publish their work in physical volumes as well as on the (Non)Rural Voices blog.
If you are wanting a program that highlights the importance of preserving rural family stories, then check out Dr. Parton’s creative writing workshop. The workshop is an amazing opportunity for those interested in writing down their local family history but don’t know where to begin. Dr. Parton teaches and guides people on how to start their family stories, providing feedback every step of the way. From the first session to the last session, the people in your community will be able to come together to share their stories in a safe and powerful way. We hope she comes back to us one day!-Tipton County Public Library
For more information or to schedule an event, contact me!