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Seeking Ways to Grow Proficient, Motivated, Lifelong Readers & Writers

Daphne Russell is a long-time teacher who found unique ways to help her students, especially students who had no use for reading and felt disengaged from the learning process. She found a way to reach them, a way that is rooted in her belief in the power of books. 

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Advocacy Podcast

I could think of one and only one person to kick off season 2 of Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Advocacy with me! None other than Daphne Russell!!! She has been a true inspiration since coming into my life in high school as basically a mother figure! Always supporting me and challenging my way of thought and ideas. She has dedicated her life to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all and has spent the majority of her life in the classroom guiding her students on a “reading journey." She has spent the last several years trying to find the root cause of the education gap and explains her findings during our conversation! Daphne is a mother, educator, the author of “Read or Die” and the founder and CEO of “Books Save Lives” a nonprofit that strives to provide “universal access for every child, home, school and community to experience the transformational power of books”.

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Meet Daphne Russell, the erudite founder and director of Books Save Lives, a remarkable nonprofit dedicated to spreading the transformative power of reading. With her method of connecting students with books that truly resonate with their hearts, Daphne helps young minds break barriers, conquer trauma, and discover the joy of reading.

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The Gap Minders

In this absolutely eye-opening episode, Nancy and Jose are joined in studio by Daphne Russell, a 28 year former teacher and author of the 2018 book "Read or Die" as well as the Founder and Director of Book Save Lives. Having failed at retirement, Daphne is completely focused on building a model to take any student to a promising future by way of reading! Her view is that it is easy to turn any student into a successful reader by giving them agency, autonomy - and the RIGHT books!  

Driven by a customer service mindset (with the student as the customer), combined with the right books, Daphne believes we can get all students to self-actualize by reading, if and only if we stop forcing the same book on all students with varied interests and reading capacity. 

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