Teacher News & Events From The Web....
July Teacher News from the Web:
Help Flat Stanley Build a Library in a Leper Clinic in Brazil
By Dale Hubert, developer of the Flat Stanley Project
With hundreds of dedicated teachers and thousands of enthusiastic students this Flat Stanley Project has the potential to do great good in the world.
Our first co-operative undertaking
is to provide used books for children who are patients of a leper clinic in Brazil. The patients who live at this clinic are kept in isolation and must remain there until cured. Imagine the excitement of contact with the world! Flat Stanleys may accompany the books or a Stanley can visit separately. It is important that, for import tax reasons, only books and items made of paper be sent. No other items such as pencils and rulers can, unfortunately, be accepted.
A paper Stanley in an envelope may accompany the books or, as the books will probably be sent by surface mail to save money and will be very slow, a Stanley may be sent separately.
All contributions of new and used children's books are gratefully received and should be addressed to:
RUA EUCLIDES DA CUNHA N. 1547 APTO 908
80 730 360
You can send a Flat Stanley with a book or two or, if you can arrange delivery, you can send boxes of books. They are looking for picture books, books for very young children and books for more advanced readers. They are even looking for craft books so the staff can read them and learn how to make interesting things with day to day items. For example, at Easter over 500 students enjoyed an Easter egg hunt using discarded plastic drink containers that had been decorated for use as baskets.
Visit the official Flat Stanley Project website for more details on this and other exciting Flat Stanley projects!
Boston Schoolyard Initiative Seeks Help With Teacher Survey
The Boston Schoolyard Initiative has just issued a survey aimed at educators/programs that use school grounds for teaching & learning. The project is being underwritten by the Nellie Mae Foundation and the survey is available to complete on-line at the website of our partner - Educational Development Center (EDC) of Newton Massachusetts. The web address is:
The Boston Schoolyard Initiative is a public/private partnership aimed at transforming school grounds into centers of learning and community use.
Conflict Resolution Education Summer Institutes
This professional development program for educators is supported by a partnership among Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education Leadership Academy, National Center for Conflict Resolution Education, Conflict Resolution Education, Inc. and Illinois State Bar Association. The Conflict Resolution Education Summer Institutes will host "Developing Emotional Intelligence" August 15-16 at the Lisle-Naperville Hilton (3003 Corporate West Drive) in Lisle, IL (near Chicago O'Hare airport). The registration fee for each Institute is $95 per person. Participants are responsible for travel, meal and lodging costs. Northern Illinois University-Division of Continuing Education administers credit for the Conflict Resolution Education Summer Institutes. Upon completion of a workshop (12 instructional hours), participants will receive the NIU continuing education credit registration form to submit directly to NIU along with the $9 processing fee.
To register, visit the NCCRE Website at http://www.nccre.org. If you have further questions, please contact Holly Cunningham at the National Center for Conflict Resolution Education via phone: 217 523-7056 or e-mail [email protected].
Becta ICT in Practice Awards for Teachers, Lecturers, Trainers and Advisers
The success of ICT is determined by the
vision of those responsible for its planning and implementation. ICT in Practice can take the form of doing traditional things in new and better ways or of expanding the boundaries of what is possible. For these awards we are looking for practice that is replicable, that will say to teachers, "you too can do this". Above all, we are looking for practice that will make the experience of school even more relevant to students.
Each award winner will receive £2500, with an additional £2500 going to
their school or organisation. The 5 categories are:
- School Management (Primary and Secondary)
- Special Educational Needs (Primary and Secondary)
- Subject Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
- Advice and Support
- Widening Participation in Further Education
The Becta ICT in Practice Awards to be presented by Lord David Puttnam in January 2001, are unique. The awards, covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are to promote and reward exemplary ICT practice amongst teachers, lecturers, trainers and advisers. Another aim is to discover practice that can be widely emulated.
A full set of criteria specific to each category is available on the web site below along with an online entry form.
ICT in Practice Awards http://www.becta.org.uk/practiceawards
If you require further assistance, please e-mail: [email protected] or telephone: 02476 416994 and ask for the ICT in Practice Helpdesk
Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is the government agency that furthers the use of information and communications technology [ICT] to raise educational standards and to improve the effectiveness of educational professionals and institutions. Becta is the governments lead agency for ICT in education and is charged with developing the National Grid for Learning.