Education Institute: Early Years! Diversity! Second Life!

Monday, May 4, 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT)
Rethinking Preschool Storytime
with Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen - 1 hour Audio Conference

For many years, the traditional model for story-time has been
theme-based. After using this approach and exploring the pros and cons
in her many years at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Betsy has
moved her practice toward a model based on how the brain learns at this
stage of a child's development. This session will offer alternative ways
to plan and present preschool storytimes. You will rethink the focus of
your programs and learn to use time-tested materials in new ways. 

Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the Early Childhood Specialist for the Port
Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore, MD. Named a 'Mover and Shaker'
by Library Journal in 2004, Betsy brings lots of energy and enthusiasm
to her sessions. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT)
Addressing Diversity in the Library Collection
with Myra Junyk - 1 hour Audio Conference

This workshop will address the issues of diversity in school and public
library collections. Current research on the reading process, strategies
to address student interests and titles to entice even the most
reluctant reader will be discussed! Participants will get a chance to
re-examine the kinds of materials that are available for promoting
diversity in libraries. They will learn how to attract readers by
rethinking their current selection criteria for materials promoting
diversity and considering new materials. A book list of suggested titles
will be provided. 

Myra Junyk has been a teacher, principal, K-12 language arts and library
Program Co-ordinator for the Toronto Catholic District School Board,
curriculum writer for the Ministry of Education, member of the Marilyn
Baillie Picture Book Award, member of the CLA Book of the Year
Committee, Chair of ELAN and Chair of the Red Maple Selection Committee.
She is now a writer, speaker, and literacy advocate.

Thursday, May 7th, 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT)
Educational Sites and Activities in Second Life
with Jocelyn Phillips - 1 hour Web Conference

Educational sites and events within Second Life are active and growing.
This session will take you on a tour to a selection of sites from the
Teen grid and the Mainland. We'll visit schools, universities, museums
and organizations such as NASA and the Smithsonian. You will learn about
the different types of educationall and collaborative activities taking
place within this virtual learning environment; how to connect with
colleagues as well as receive an inventory of educational resources

Jocelyn Phillips was an early explorer of Second Life and has been an
active participant in Second Life education groups and in-world
conferences. She would like to share her excitement and interest in the
educational opportunities with virtual communities.



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