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Dr. Seuss Versus Hitler

Big D Reads is using The Sneetches to convey the themes of The Diary of Anne Frank to a younger audience, but Dr. Seuss actually had much more to say about Hitler and the Nazis both as a children’s book author and before. Dr. Seuss may be known for clever rhymes and fantasy drawings, but as Theodor Geisel, his given…

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Dallas Morning News: Big D Reads Makes a Timely and Relevant Pick

From the March 25 Dallas Morning News editorial page: Big D Reads makes a timely and relevant pick Chances are you haven’t read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl since you were an adolescent student. But its themes of generosity versus betrayal and hate versus hope have uncanny relevance in 2016. That’s why we salute the folks behind…

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How You Can Save Western Civilization by Reading True Grit

In April, we’re asking everyone to read Charles Portis’ True Grit as part of D Academy’s literacy nonprofit Big D Reads. D Academy fellows raised enough money to purchase 17,000 copies of the book and will be handing them out at more than 60 events during the month of April. The fellows have spent the last few months talking about…

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D Academy Fellow Talks Grit – Lydia Varela

Lydia Varela is a 2015 D Academy fellow. Varela and seven other D Academy fellows put it all out on the Naked Stage to discuss grit.  NOT how Lydia got her groove back but How Lydia Got Her Grit! GHG = Gotta Have Grit GHG: when you’re raised in a home full of women; mom left school at 13 in…

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D Academy Fellow Talks Grit – Frances Yllana

Frances Yllana is a 2015 D Academy fellow. Yllana and seven other fellows gave talks on the meaning of grit, inspiring blog posts.  On March 13 at Union Coffee House, I gave a talk about the meaning of “grit,” as part of the Big D Reads series of events, along with 7 other D Academy fellows and alumni. Prior to…

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Give Grit, Get Grits!

Put off your holiday shopping this year? We’re here to help! If you donate $25 in a friend’s name, you’ll not only purchase four books for the community, but we’ll send chef Lisa Garza’s grits recipe to your friend by December 25, and in April, we’ll send a copy of the Big D Reads edition of True Grit to your…

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2014 After-Action Report

Curious to see what we were able to accomplish with Big D Reads 2014? Take a look at our Big Report 2014. More than 17,000 people attended the 40 events around Dallas. We had 3.4 million media impressions, and handed out 12,001 books to ninth graders in Dallas isd and 7,999 books to the community. Want to be a part…

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D Academy Fellow Becomes a Principal for a Day, Cont.

Each year, Dallas ISD opens its door to community members and invites them to be Principals for a Day. After signing up, people are assigned to schools, and for one day (or a few hours), the principals hand over the keys to their school. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing experiences from D Academy fellows who participated in…

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D Academy Fellow Becomes a Principal for a Day, Cont.

Each year, Dallas ISD opens its door to community members and invites them to be Principals for a Day. After signing up, people are assigned to schools, and for one day (or a few hours), the principals hand over the keys to their school. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing experiences from D Academy fellows who participated in…

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D Academy Fellow Becomes a Principal for a Day

Each year, Dallas ISD opens its door to community members and invites them to be Principals for a Day. After signing up, people are assigned to schools, and for one day (or a few hours), the principals hand over the keys to their school. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing experiences from D Academy fellows who participated in…

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