Monthly Archives: September 2009
The first Mental Health Series Videoconference is coming up in a couple weeks! New Links members, you get this program for free. Nonmembers pay $85/site for the professional development from BJC School Outreach & Youth Development. Sign up by October 6 with Rebecca Morrison.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 4 p.m. CT:
Superheroes & Princesses- The Effects of Media on Gender Identity
Media is the vehicle of pop culture. Music, television, internet, video games, and movies spend billions of dollars to grab the attention of young people. In the meantime, these forms of media send powerful messages about what it means to be cool, attractive, and even male or female. Learn current research on the effects of media on gender roles from preschool to high school and how simple classroom discussions can help empower young people to understand their own gender identity.
DECEMBER 2010 NOTE: looking for feedback on these programs! Please answer a few questions for us so we can bring you professional development that meets your needs.
Award winning author Patricia McKissack (and recent Mark Twain Reader Award nominee) will conduct three, 60 minute story-hour sessions during the fall of 2009 with New Links to New Learning. Pat reads the selected books, she’ll talk about (her) inspiration, and she will take questions from students. These story hours are for students in first through fifth grades (depending on the book). The cost is $200 for New Links members and $250 for non-members. First up is The Dark Thirty. To register, contact Rebecca Morrison by October 16.
Just in time for Halloween: Pat will read select portions of The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural on October 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. central. This book is for students ages 9-12; “these 10 spine-tinglers range from straight-up ghost stories to eerie narratives. The tales in this winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award depict racism, haunting and vengeance in a manner that can be read out loud around a campfire or savored privately, offering middle readers thoughtful exposure to important, though frightening, historical themes.” (Amazon.com)