Helping Parents Help Their Kids Become Passionate About Reading and Writing: A Video Interview with Linda Mitchell conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito
This is another in my series of interviews with literacy leaders. This one is with Linda Mitchell. Linda is part of the literacy scene in the St. Louis Metro Region. I first met her several years ago. She told me the compelling story of her grandmother. Her grandmother could neither read nor write. Yet she raised children who were passionate about both. How could this be? I think as you listen to the story you will see that the path taken by Linda’s family is one that could benefit many families in our nation today.
Linda has several different literacy initiatives she is carrying out in the St. Louis region. Her work centers in East St. Louis, Illinois- which is just across the river from St. Louis. East Saint Louis has suffered an economic decline. It is an area with a high poverty rate and all the problems that come with that. But as Linda explains, there has been no decline in the spirit of the people in the region. You can tell that Linda really loves her city and is doing many things to help in its rejuvenation. Her spirit and will come through loud and clear in this interview. Her methods are groundbreaking. She is the epitomy of thinking outside the box. Though the research around her projects has been interrupted by the current Covid crisis, I have no doubt that once it resumes, it will clearly demonstrate the efficacy and value of the things she is doing. Please join me as I talk to this St. Louis area literacy leader about her pioneering work with kids and parents. Here is the link to the interview:
Interview highlights- fast forward to the time stamp indicated to listen to that part of the interview. The overall interview takes 22 minutes
Tell us about yourself and the Imitate Reading Initiative- start of the video
Tell us about your newly revised book: 3-minute mark
Tell us about your video casts and u-tube channel: 10-minute and 45- second mark
Tell us about East St Louis and how it fits into the St. Louis Metro Area- 14-minute and 30- second mark
Closing Remarks- 19 minutes 32 seconds
Linda Mitchell Books
There are some excellent interviews about social and emotional learning.
Metro East Literacy Project
Here’s where Linda explains a little bit about the Imitate Reading Initiative.
Literacy is Liberation! It Takes You Higher YouTube Channel
Here’s where Linda posts interviews about a person’s literacy journey and topics pertaining to my children’s book on emotions. I’ve interviewed a lawyer( my son), singer/musician (my daughter), Dr. Kelly Byrd, Julius B. Anthony, a police officer, a railroad worker, community organizer, TV personality, social worker, a blind retired judge and several more.
Penny Press Puzzle Lady
Here’s Linda’s website for her hobby–solving word puzzles. I give tutorials for puzzles in the Penny Dell Press Variety Puzzles magazine. I focus on the fact that doing puzzles helps our brains stay healthy.
In the coming weeks I’ll be talking to more literacy leaders, including some more of being carried out by the many literacy leaders the St. Louis Metro area. Until next time- Happy Reading and Writing!
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Sam, it was a privilege to talk to you about my literacy work. You’re the best!
The pleasure was all mine! Thanks for all the wonderful work you do and all the work I know you will be doing in the future!