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Half the Sky & Global Nomads Group

One of Global Nomad Group‘s spring 2010 Pulse programs is coming up at the beginning of March. Pulse programs are virtual, town hall meetings designed to give students a forum to deliberate some of the most challenging issues of our time. Single part programs only meet one time. Two-part Pulse programs meet over a period of two days.

International Women’s Day 2010: Half the Sky LIVE! is a two-part Pulse program where students will explore the plight of women around the world in this weeklong event. On Day One, students will speak with an extraordinary group of women who have lived through insurmountable odds.  In partnership with CARE, students will have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide event- Half the Sky LIVE!

Join hundreds of others around the country on the evening of Thursday, March 4 to watch this year’s featured film, Woineshet (directed by Academy Award® Winner Marisa Tomei) and afterward, “sit in” on a distinguished panel*.  The following day, students will engage in a dialogue with the filmmakers and CARE staff to learn what they can do to support the livelihood of women around the world.


Half the Sky LIVE! – On March 4 at 7:30 p.m. local time, CARE presents Half the Sky LIVE in movie theaters nationwide!  Inspired by the best-selling book from Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky LIVE! celebrates International Women’s Day 2010 with musical performances, celebrity commentary, and the world premiere of Woineshet, a powerful short film directed by Academy Award® Winner Marisa Tomei.  Watch the pages of Half the Sky come to life onscreen as Woineshet chronicles the struggles of a poor Ethiopian woman who ultimately triumphs over sexual violence & discrimination.

–> According to Fandango, Half the Sky featuring Woineshet will be shown at the AMC Esquire at 6706 Clayton Road in St. Louis, Missouri.

Videoconference Details
International Women’s Day 2010: Half the Sky LIVE!
THEMES: Global Development; Human Rights & Conflict; Sustainable Communities
GRADE LEVEL: 7-8, 9-12
DATE/TIME: Wednesday March 3/7:30 AM- 8:30 AM EST; Friday March 5/ 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST
*Students must attend the Half the Sky LIVE! Screening on Thursday, March 4 in order to participate in the Friday, March 5 program. Students will be responsible for finding transportation to their local theatre.
**Dates and times are tentative and are subject to change
COST: $300, or GNG Membership Price (CSD has membership) | Sign up here
(New Links to New Learning members, contact CSD).

To Kill A Mockingbird Videoconference Series

RoundTrips is proud to announce our newest Language Arts series “Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds.” This series consists of three videoconferences in December and January related to the timeless story of To Kill A Mockingbird. More details, including national & state standards, program format, and related learning materials are available at the CILC web exhibit for each program. You can choose to enroll your students for one program, two programs, or all three. Enrollment in any one program will also earn you a DVD copy of all three programs.

These videoconference are just part of a St. Louis celebration of To Kill A Mockingbird that occurs this year during the St. Louis Big Read. Project partners include Washington University in St. Louis, sponsor of the St. Louis Big Read and Metro Theater Company and Edison Theatre at Washington University, producers of a new production of the play. Information about the St. Louis Big Read can be found at http://bigread.wustl.edu/. Information about Metro Theater Company can be found at http://www.metrotheatercompany.org/. Information on Edison Theatre can be found here: http://edisontheatre.wustl.edu/.

If you wish to enroll in any videoconferences, please contact us directly.  If you can’t join via videoconference, then consider viewing the live online streaming of each program at http://www.hectv.org, or, if you are in the St. Louis region, watch live on HEC-TV Charter Communications cable channel 26.  Online & TV viewers will be able to e-mail questions to us during each program. Archived versions of each program will be on http://www.hectv.org and DVD.

Program 1: Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds:  Setting and Character
Date: December 11, 2008 | Times: 10 to 11:00 a.m. or 1 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Grade Levels: 7-10 | Cost: NO CHARGE
What was it like to grow up in Monroeville, Alabama with Harper Lee? How did the town influence the setting and characters for her famous novel?  Bring the setting and characters of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird to life as you learn from individuals who grew up with the author and still live in Monroeville today and also interact with the director and actors involved in a new theatrical production of the novel.  Take a virtual tour of Ms. Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Learn of the town’s history and culture. Find out about her family and the individuals of the town whose experiences are reflected in the novel. Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in them learning more about the town that greatly influenced the writing of this modern classic? If so, then we hope you can join us for one of our two programs. More info can be found here.

Program 2: Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds: Themes of Social Justice
Date: December 16, 2008 | Time: 1 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Grade Levels: 7-10 | Cost: NO CHARGE
Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird seems just as relevant to a discussion of social justice today as it did when first published in 1960. Issues of race, gender, discrimination, tolerance, acceptance, poverty and community permeate the fabric of the novel and the fabric of students? everyday lives. If they had a chance to discuss these themes, what would your students want to say? What themes and issues raised in the novel resonate most with them? How are those themes and issues illustrated? How do they see those themes and issues being played out in their lives today? Have your students explore the themes of social justice in Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird as they interact in a student-to-student discussion facilitated by educators who have taught the novel and the director of a new production of the play. Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in students expressing their interpretation of the novel and how it speaks to them? If so, then we hope you can join us for this program. More info can be found here.

Mockingbird-Wash-UProgram 3: Of Monroeville and Mockingbirds: From Page to Stage
Date: January 13, 2008 | Time: 1 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Grade Levels: 7-10 | Cost: NO CHARGE
How do you translate the timeless themes, locations and characters of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird to a theatrical production? Find out by joining us live from the stage of the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. View a scene from the production. Meet director Carol North and members of the design team to discuss how the show came to life from the first phase of design to the final phase of implementation. View the lights, the costumes, and the scenery. Ask your questions of actors about how they formulated and performed their character. How would you choose to illustrate the themes of the story through a stage design and directorial point of view? Compare your ideas to those of the Metro Theater Company and Edison Theatre staff staging this new production. Have your students read the book this year? Will you be reading it later? Are you interested in your students better understanding the work of theatre professionals and how a story is translated through their eyes to the eyes of an audience member? If so, we hope you can join us for this program. More info can be found here.

Citizenship and the Constitution, and your Classroom

votes-for-women mckissack coverto establish justice“America was founded on the idea of liberty for all. But it has not always achieved that ideal. To Establish Justice is an honest and powerful examination of the Supreme Court’s role in legalizing—or negating—civil rights for various groups. From the struggles of Native Americans at the country’s birth to the African American civil rights movement of the 1960s, from the vote for women to the internment of the Japanese during World War II, To Establish Justice shows how the Supreme Court has paved the way for both justice and discrimination, and how this important arm of our government has impacted all of our lives.” (Random House). Pat McKissack and Arlene Zarembka’s book examines the role the Supreme Court plays in shaping the civil rights for various people of all ages, races and nationalities. Their videoconference series is a further discussion of these important issues as well as a writers workshop. Scheduled in February and March of this year, what a great way to continue many of the discussions your class has had about politics this fall!

Fact vs. Opinion with Arlene Zarembka

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 –
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4 pm (teachers meet with authors)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009-
1 or 2 pm (authors meet with students)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009-
1 or 2 pm (authors meet with students)

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All times listed are central- Pat and Arlene videoconferences live from St. Louis, Missouri at Cooperating School Districts. The cost for each series is $650 for New Links to New Learning members, and $750 for non-members. For information on New Links to New Learning, click here.

(all images taken from book cover of To Establish Justice)


Since our videoconferences with the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum were such a hit at last year’s Midwest Education Technology Conference, we’re bringing James Yasko back- virtually, that is, to St. Louis, MO from Cooperstown, NY. He’ll present two sessions during METC, which runs January 26-28, 2009. Here’s what METC participants who step up to the plate will learn about:

Economics | “You mean a hot dog only cost 10-cents in 1929, and a World Series ticket was just $5.50 in 1940?” The varying worth of money is the basis of this lesson for teaching students how baseball history reflects American economics since the early 20th century. During the interactive videoconference, students analyze the ever-changing value of a dollar.

Cultural Diversity | “For starting pitchers we have two Dominicans, one Italian, one Mexican, and one Japanese. In the bullpen we have a Venezuelan, a Mexican, a guy from the United States, and a guy from St. Louis.” Tommy Lasorda made this statement while managing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999. For over 100 years the game of baseball has created many opportunities for players from around the world – showing the “National Pastime” to be more culturally diverse than ever before. The melting pot of cultures within baseball, however, does not come without hardship. Racism, discrimination and cultural differences combine to make life difficult for players of all backgrounds. But the game takes on unique flavors worldwide as players, fans, and cultures come together at the ballpark, leaving many of their differences behind.

Why the BBHoF at an Education Technology Conference? Baseball is used as the platform to help students discover standards-based objectives in diverse topics like mathematics, geography, civil rights, women’s history, economics, industrial technology, communication arts, and more! Learning and artifacts abound in this hour long virtual visit to one of America’s premier education destinations. Choose any of the 16 thematic units and participate in a live, interactive videoconference lesson with a Museum educator. Last year, one participant noted of James’ session “good idea! Relevant material and a demo of tech!”

Can’t wait until METC to see a BBHoF v/c? You can sign your class up at: http://education.baseballhalloffame.org/experience/videoconferences.html.

Need to register for METC? Visit: http://www2.csd.org/csdrpdc/metc2009/registration.html.

Crucial Conversations Conference

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 mbogart@csd.org.