SYNC for Graduate Students in Education and Library Science

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 13, 2020


As veteran participants know, our SYNC program targets the interests and some academic needs of teenagers. Each summer we offer free-to-keep audiobooks to individuals (not institutions) and takers may well fall outside that specific target age range. One such participant group we’ve heard about, and celebrate, are the graduate school instructors who share SYNC with their students as a way to encourage their broadening of their own reading tastes and preferred format choices to include new titles of high teen interest presented in authentic voices.


We first became aware of this innovative use of the program a few years ago during our program evaluation period. A master teacher in South Carolina wrote to let us know that she regularly teaches a summer institute for incoming graduate students who are planning careers in English Language Arts education at the secondary level.  Alerting them to the availability of SYNC for their own use spurred them, she told us, to reach beyond the young adult books with which they were familiar (and which usually came from their own period of high school attendance).

This year’s SYNC program will be studded with #OwnVoices selections, reflecting experiences in a wide array of cultures from which both authors and narrators themselves come.  For grad students who plan to work in public or school libraries, these present opportunities to broaden their base of awareness of accents, tones, and content beyond academia.

We’ve heard about another innovative use we think others might want to emulate: in some school districts, and a couple of private schools, too, teachers make use of the audiobooks we provide to freshen their future advisory skills when working to help find new students titles and a format that may strike just the right chord to boost reading interest. 

We know there are other great uses beyond the major purpose of SYNC to which some of you put this summer program. Are you willing to share with us and your colleagues so we can help boost listening literacy even further?

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