We are working to get the 2008-2009 New Links videoconference programs lined up! Lynne Lang and I have discussed the Mental Health series and I’m really excited about what we’re working on. Carolyn Lesser will be debuting a new “menu” of programs available in the fall. We’ve talked with Terry Freeman about revamping the Crucial Conversations program with high school students. I have my own author visits lined up- and will hopefully be able to share these talented writers with students! What are the specifics? What are the changes? Stay tuned… but to refresh your memory on 2007-2008 offerings, click here. If you have a suggestion of a topic cover or person to contact for a videoconference, let me know! There is a world of possibilities…
June 12 note: Pat McKissack’s Creative Writing dates have been published on her blog, Can You Imagine? To check those out, visit: www.authorvisit.wordpress.com
Cooperating School Districts will again conduct a series of videoconference dialogs this year between 3-4 high schools on the topic of race relations. High school students from different demographic areas of the St. Louis metropolitan area (urban, suburban, and rural) and other parts of the U.S. will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. A trained facilitator from the group A World of Difference will oversee the conversations. The session breakdown is as follows:
Session 1 – Developing a common language to talk about racism, stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice.
Session 2 – What I learned growing up.
Session 3 – How inclusive is my school?
Session 4 – What procedures and policies would make my school more inclusive?
Session 5 – What can I personally do to change things?
All dialogs take place 1-2:00 p.m. CT. Dates so far: Nov. 14 & Dec. 12
(2008 dates will be determined as soon as the facilitator gets back to us with his schedule)
Jan. TBD; Feb. TBD; March TBD
High school teachers- interested? Contact Martha Bogart if you’d like to participate! Martha’s phone number is 314-692-1258 and her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.