Chaney High School African American Read In & Write In - National Council of Teachers of English

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Chaney High School African American Read In & Write In

February 28, 2024

Our Chaney High School African American Read In & Write In will be held in honor of Black History Month on Wednesday, February 28. I am so excited that we are once again an official NCTE Host! We are kicking off the Read In with a free viewing of the movie “Till” on the night prior at YSU as per the attached flier.  The event is open to our parents and the public but does require a ticket by contacting Penny Wells at 330 207 4467 or via email at The screenwriter and co-producer of the movie, Keith Beuchamp, will be featured both that night and during a session at school for select classes who are preparing for it.
Author Quartez Harris is always a hit with our scholars and we are so honored that he is returning for our African American Read In & Write In this year! He is the Ohio Poetry Association’s 2021 Poet of the Year. He is the author of We Made It To School Alive, a full-length collection of poems published by Twelve Arts Press, and Nothing, But Skin, a poetry collection published in 2014 by Writing Knights Press. We Made It to School Alive was inspired by his work as a teacher and gives voice to the experiences of the children he works with every day who deal with structural barriers, intergenerational poverty, negligence and more. He is the very first recipient of the Barbara Smith Writer-In-Residence at Twelve Literary Arts and a 2020 Baldwin House Fellow and his poetry and ideas have been featured in The Plain Dealer, Ideastream, and The City Club of Cleveland. Harris’ works in progress are two picture books and a young-adult novel in verse. He is brought to us as a Title 1 Schoolwide Project thanks to the support of our Leader, our Chaney High School Principal, Tricia Mulcahy. Quartez will offer sessions in the Auditorium during Periods 2,3, 6 and 7; he will lead sessions with the Chaney HS Writing Fellows and also meet with the ELA faculty during their TBT – teacher based team – meeting.
We have been busy recruiting guest readers as part of the day.  Teachers who would like to participate by hosting a guest reader in their classrooms filled out this Google Form to Request a Guest Reader so that we could build a schedule.


February 28, 2024
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Maria Pappas, Literacy Coach
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Youngstown Chaney High School
731 S. Hazelwood Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44509 United States
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