One Writer’s Journey

September 8, 2014

School Visits

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 surveyHi Everyone,

SueBE here.  Not surprising since this is my blog but today I’m turning the floor over to Alexis O’Neill.  She has some important questions for you about school visits.  School visits are getting harder and harder to come by as school funds are cut. Alexis is part of a study gathering information that will help show how and why we need to keep funding these visits.  Now I’ll turn things over to Alexis.

Author Visit Survey – Please Participate!  (A Letter from Alexis O’Neill)

August 2014

Hi Folks –
I’m working on a study to provide statistics and stories to assist teachers and librarians in making a case for bringing authors and illustrators to their schools. But first, I need to “take the temperature” of anyone who has hosted an author visit at their school or library.

If you are a teacher or librarian, would you be willing to fill out this brief survey, “Do Author Visits Make a Difference?”

If you are an author or illustrator, would you be willing to pass this link along to your past school visit contacts?

This study is being sponsored by the Ventura County Reading Association (California) and is the first of its kind. We’re hoping that this can offer helpful insights to schools as well as published authors and illustrators.

As you may know, since the start of the recession and the No Child Left Behind initiative, teachers and librarians have had to fight harder to convince their administrators to host an author visit. Now that it’s the era of Common Core, will it be the same, worse or better climate for author visits?

By the way, we’d love to have you pass this survey along to your colleagues! Here’s a version for TWITTER:

Hosted an author visit at your school? Please fill out survey

Thanks a million for helping to get the word out!

Warmest best wishes,

Alexis O’Neill, Ph.D.

P.S. If you want to read more about the pilot study, here’s the link:



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