Education Institute Next Week

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 available.

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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