ARPDC Podcast Episode 3 Reading Across the Curriculum: A Conversation with Brent Gilson

In this episode, we welcome Brent Gilson, a high school teacher with experience teaching at every division level in his career. This conversation includes several titles and authors for your students and offers some suggestions for professional reading. We explore some of the challenges and methods to support bringing your students and ourselves into reading, what you might do to share or book talk in your classroom, and how best to use time in the class when students are reading. Genuine assessment, empowering student voice, and being open to multimodal approaches to showcase learning are just a few of the great landing points throughout this 65-minute podcast episode.



You can find Brent online via Twitter (@mrbgilson) or his blog ( Brent has been part of the #G2Great Twitter conversation for educators in English for several years and has recently hosted the first of a new series folding in his love of weightlifting with his passion for literacy called #LiftingLiteracy. Its debut Twitter chat featured guest Angela Stockman as the group discussed Angela’s recent books: The Teacher’s Guide to Multimodal Composition K-5  and The Teacher’s Guide to Multimodal Composition 6-12. Brent has presented sessions at the English Language Arts Council (ELAC) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conferences.

Episode Author/Book Highlights

  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (series) by Holly Jackson
  • Arc of a Scythe (series) by Neal Shusterman
  • Jason Reynolds (author) Ghost Series (4), Long Way Down (novel in verse), and all his work really
  • David Robertson – Barren Grounds and the Misewa Saga (series)
  • In the Wild Light – Jeff Zentner
  • Kwame Alexander (author)
  • One of Us is Lying (series) by Karen McManus
  • Hands by Torrey Maldonado

Professional Resources

Brent will be presenting a couple of provincially available sessions in April – May of 2023, available through the SAPDC and ARPDC Learning Opportunity Registration sites soon.