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The Alan Sitomer BookJam

The Alan Sitomer BookJam is loaded with the passion and experience of a real teacher in a real classroom with real students. This program utilizes some of the most accessible, engaging novels in young adult literature to elevate literacy levels and raise academic test scores. From providing a sound, standards-based means of achieving core curriculum objectives to offering a dynamic spectrum of 21st-century, hands-on learning projects, BookJam is designed to engage reluctant readers and produce high-quality results. BookJam is effective. BookJam is vibrant. BookJam is proven to boost achievement and raise test scores!

Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer is California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008, The Insight Education Group named Alan Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

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About Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer is California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008 The Insight Education Group named Alan Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

Mr. Sitomer is the pioneering author of The Alan Sitomer BookJam literacy program which includes The Poetry Jam, and The Composition JamBox. He has written popular young adult novels, including The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, HomeboyzNerd Girls, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez, published by Disney. Alan is also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics, a text used in classrooms across the United States to engage disconnected students. In the past he’s been honored by the American Library Association (the A.L.A. named Homeboyz a Top Ten Book of the Year 2008, receiving the prestigious ALA Quick Pick Recognition for young adult novel which best engages reluctant readers).

Alan Sitomer is currently on sabbatical from the classroom as he works to re-shape literacy education through policy dialogue, professional development workshops, and authoring new materials for classroom use.

The BookJam Includes:

  • 30 copies of the print book
  • Teacher Resource Guide filled with options for exploring the novel—thematic connections, Bloom’s Taxonomy, bridges to nonfiction, graphic organizers, prompts for discussion and composition, assessments, and so much more
  • Resource Disc including everything you’ll ever need to reproduce for your students
  • The Composition JamBox, packed with 21st century multimedia projects
  • 1 Audiobook