I would try finding ONE teacher who will let you in the door. When you are successful with one teacher, others will start wanting your help, too. It doesn't even have to be an English or reading teacher. Sometimes your social studies or science people might be approachable - you might be able to work with them about using novels in their classrooms.
Is your school divided into teams or houses? If so, start attending one team's or house's meetings. You'd be surprised at the input and insight you can offer.
What's your building professional development look like? Every year we do a "Walking Conference" afternoon. Teachers present for 10 minutes to each other about something they do in their classroom - either how they teach a concept, a management technique, a way to keep students organized, etc. I always take a 10-minute time slot - one year I featured my "Five-Finger Web Site Evaluation." Another year I focused on graphic novels. This year I highlighted some books I had purchased with our poor readers in mind. A few teachers recommended those books to a few students, and now I can't keep them on the shelves.
You could try starting a book club. I personally don't care for them, but some kids really eat them up.
The TAG teacher, an English teacher and I also set up a school on-line book club here on Shelfari. I demonstrated it to all of the 7th graders. The TAG teacher and I shared it with all of her students and I have sent out e-mail invitations to my students are always in here checking something out.
We also had a lot of success a few years ago with "Reading Teams." Staff members - some were associates - headed up each team. Students who wanted to participate filled out an informational sheet and then were assigned to teams. Basically the students - and staff members - had to tell whether they read voraciously, a lot, some, a little. We made sure each team had one voracious reader and then the other levels were divied up as well. Teams were posted in the lunchroom and number of pages read were tallied up each week. At that time, the school budget was a little friendlier, and the principal gave the winning team (team who had read the most pages) Barnes and Noble gift cards.
It takes a while to develop a culture of readers, but it can be done! Don't give up! Good luck.
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