To Light the World:Stories of Hope & Courage for Challenging Times
A workshop for classroom teachers and librarians of grades 3-8
Our program on April 3, 2014 featured award-winning authors and educators who provided teachers with tools and inspiration to tackle challenging issues and events in their classrooms. During the morning, attendees heard from authors Walter Dean Myers, Susan Campbell Bartoletti and Doreen Rappaport about their books and how they hope to engage young readers in stories about young people facing difficult choices and circumstances. Author and artist Suzy Becker followed with a lively presentation about her book, Kids Make it Better, and how teachers and educators can help kids work though big problems to come up with creative and often effective solutions. After lunch, teachers explored the power of service learning, poetry and sets of texts selected to engage with conference themes. For many attendees, the highlight of the day was the last hour where they had the opportunity to sit down with one of the featured authors for an in-depth conversation about their work, writing process and inspiration. After a full day participants left feeling energized equipped with new resources and ideas to integrate into their classrooms and share with colleagues.. One participant stated, "I thought [the workshop] addressed very important questions with perfectly chosen 'experts'—inspiring and also full of useful information." To access a bibliography compiled for this workshop, click here. For photos of the event, click here.
Photo by Thomas J. O'Halloran.
WE'LL NEVER TURN BACK
A conference for classroom teachers and librarians of grades 3-8
"What John F. Kennedy Means To Me"
Boyhood In Brookline
Photos on this page courtesy of NPS, Kennedy NHS. Top photo by Joel Veak.
Did You Know?
In 1914, the Kennedy home was the last house on tree-lined Beals Street. While houses later occupied the fields around the Kennedy’s property, many of the trees that lined Beals Street during Jack Kennedy’s childhood -including the tree in front of the house- have soared to a height of 75 feet.