Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Looking for new resources, ideas, a virtual home to collaborate with teachers and find an incredible treasure trove of teacher-friendly tools?  Look now further than the new community at (if you go in on the home page, you'll look for this group in the community, under groups, subjects, language arts!

I'm honored to be selected as one of their initial group leaders (Language Arts K-12) and invite all of you to come on over and visit.  Set up a profile, jump into one of 6 or 7 threads already posted, share your ideas and learn from others.  Browse through the downloaded resources and hop over to for even more.

A SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL CONTEST:  Come back here and post your impressions, what you thought of the new networking and resource venue for educators and you'll be entered in a special drawing to win a 30 consultation with TLA, Inc. for you or your school.  If you are in central or northern AL, Atlanta or west in Georgia, south Tennessee, I'll come to you!  If you are elsewhere in the country the world of Skype can connect us for a terrific brainstorming session. 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Cathy,

    I'm an award-winning author with a new book of YA fiction. Ugly To
    Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about teen life
    published by West Virginia University Press in November
    of 2011.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    My book's only 160 pages short. The writing is easy and open, and all
    the stories are interconnected--same hero and story arc throughout. It
    reads like a brisk novel in the form of stories.

    If you write me back at, I'll send you a PDF of my book.

    At this point, my small publisher is out of available review copies, so
    I hope and politely ask that you consider the PDF. I would be
    very grateful.

    My publisher, I should add, can offer your readers a free excerpt
    of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher's website:

    Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of Dyads and The
    Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: "In Ugly to Start With,
    set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the
    challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut,
    crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of
    small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular
    experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human
    affection and suffering--emotional truths that the members of his
    audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary
    journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska
    Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have
    been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard
    Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short
    Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age
    novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group,
    2009),winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades
    7-12)and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

    For more information about me, please visit:

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.


    John Michael Cummings