A classroom of students typing at the typewriters in the Story of the Day exhibit

New app connects teachers, students with unique literary experience.

The American Writers Museum, the first museum solely devoted to celebrating American writers and their works, debuts a first-of-its-kind app designed to help teachers and students engage with the museum’s unique field trip curriculum. American Writers Museum will also offer free admission to teachers and education professionals during American Education Week, Monday Nov. 18 through Sunday Nov. 24.

Write In: A Teacher-Curated Tour is an interactive app designed to help teachers and students have a more meaningful and rich experience. It is meant to serve as a supplement to traditional field trips. Teachers can create lesson plans in advance of their visit to American Writers Museum. Since the curriculum is not age-specific, it can be tailored for each classroom so students from elementary school through college can have a tailor-made experience. Write In: A Teacher-Curated Tour was co-created with former CPS teacher and current Leyden Township librarian Gina Caneva and is available for free through the Apple App Store and Google Playstore.

In addition, American Writers Museum is excited to offer free admission Monday Nov. 18 through Sunday Nov. 24  to all teachers with a valid school ID to celebrate American Education Week. No RSVP is needed.

The dedication and hard work teachers put into educating our next generation is important beyond measure. In addition to perusing the museum, guests will have access to feature exhibits Tools of the Trade spotlighting typewriters used by renowned writers including Sandra Cisneros, John Lennon, Hugh Hefner, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ray Bradbury and the opening weekend of the provocative exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today. The exhibit, opening Thursday, Nov 21 and running through May 2021 explores the influence of modern immigrant and refugee writing in America on our culture, history, and daily lives. The curating team includes Marie Arana, Ilan Stavans, Vu Hoang Tran, Chris Abani, Laila Halaby, Dipika Mukherjee, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Organized by theNational Education AssociationAmerican Education Week will present all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education, according to the association. The longstanding event is also a way to generate awareness and support for our educators and for the public to learn more about the life of a teacher. This year marks the 98th year of the American Education Week, which started in 1921.

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*My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today at American Writers Museum exhibit opens on Thursday, Nov 21, 2019.