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+ Immersion Presents Ocean Exploration - Multimedia Curricular Materials
+ A New Literary Hero: Comics Make for Colorful Learning
+ Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies
+ Youth Producing Change Film Festival

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June 17, 2008

Grants for Projects Led by and Benefiting Women and Girls

"The Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that are led by and benefit women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote community-building; promote racial, social, economic and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum Award: $2000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000. Projects must be designed and implemented by women and girls. Deadline: August 15, 2008."

URL: http://www.openmeadows.org/
Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Funding

Immersion Presents Ocean Exploration - Multimedia Curricular Materials

Immersion Presents is a multimedia program designed for formal and informal settings that engages young people in the excitement and adventure of ocean exploration. It is one of the resources highlighted in the recently launched Technology Curriculum Database, developed by YouthLearn for the U.S. Department of Education-funded National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL.

Founded by oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard in 2002, Immersion Presents broadcasts live expeditions from places like the Black Sea and the site of the Titanic wreckage. Curriculum packages built around these expeditions consist of hands-on activities such as making model volcanoes and exploring the layers of the ocean. Related expedition resources such as mission logs, photo galleries, interactive features, and message boards, dramatically expand the learning experience for youth.

URL: http://www.sedl.org/cgi-bin/mysql/afterschool/technology.cgi?resource=1
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Resources

A New Literary Hero: Comics Make for Colorful Learning

"First graders in the after-school program at the Bronx's PS 90 spent part of last school year working collaboratively to create a comic book called The Bionic Butterfly. The title character, infected with pollutants, turned into a very strong, intelligent superhero butterfly with a mission to warn insects -- and humans -- about the dangers facing Earth's environment.

This year, groups of kindergartners, first graders, and fourth graders are writing and drawing comics on the topic of bullying. 'The kids get to color and draw, which they love to do anyway,' says Claudia Bostick, after-school coordinator at the school, whose program is funded by the After School Corporation and the Bronx's Citizens Advice Bureau. 'We can sneak in other art lessons in that context. And for literacy, it's great. This encourages them to tell stories, to write stories, and to listen better.'"

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/comic-books-teaching-literacy
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Resources

Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies

"What works to engage youth? Movies for one." A partnership of the National Collaboration for Youth and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, this site "offers free youth curriculum that uses movies to promote literacy, learning and service. The newest addition centers on the Disney movie Prince Caspian and includes discussion prompts, activities and service projects."

Many other films are represented, such as Charlotte's Web, Freedom Writers, Gracie, and Ratatouille, etc.

URL: http://www.youthfilmproject.org
Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Activities

June 16, 2008

Youth Producing Change Film Festival

"'Youth Producing Change' screening is the first ever program of youth-produced films on human rights at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. As part of this exciting initiative we will be hosting the YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE World Premiere and a free video production workshop for teens. 10 young filmmakers will be traveling to attend the festival from as far as Boston, Brooklyn, Haida Gwaii Canada, Kentucky and South Africa. Please join us in celebrating the power of young people to make a difference:
Friday, June 20th @ 6:30; Saturday, June 21st @ 1:30PM (Video Workshop @ 11AM with MNN Youth Channel). Founding Presenter: Adobe Youth Voices.

All screenings will take place at the Walter Reade Theater @ Lincoln Center as part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival."

URL: http://hrw.org/iff/2008/ny/films.html#24
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 16, 2008 | News

Conference on Science & Technology in Out-of-School Time

The National Conference on Science & Technology in Out-of-School Time will be held September 17-19, 2008 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. "This first-ever conference will bring together a national cross-section of program providers, researchers, and policy-makers in the growing movement for science and technology in out-of-school time. Sessions will include research-based best practices, curriculum development and evaluation, with a particular focus on equity and access issues for underrepresented populations."

URL: http://www.scienceafterschoolconference.org
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 16, 2008 | News

June 03, 2008

What Works in Education and Civic Engagement Programs

"Two new fact sheets from Child Trends synthesize the lessons learned from evaluated out-of-school-time programs and interventions in education and civic engagement. The findings are based on the Child Trends database of experimental evaluations of social interventions for children and youth - LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully)."

Among the findings reported in the fact sheet on What Works for Education, "Most of the out-of-school time programs that target educational outcomes have positive impacts."

Among the findings reported in the fact sheet on What Works for Civic Engagement, "Connecting children with needy populations and/or providing community service opportunities is effective in increasing helping behavior and perceptions of social responsibility."

URL: http://www.childtrends.org/_docdisp_page.cfm?LID=9FD242EE-DB44-419A-912AAB82D349BC66
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Research

ESRI GIS - Community Mapping Activities, Etc.

The ESRI GIS software tools and curriculum create opportunities for young people to engage in their communities in concrete, meaningful ways. It is one of the resources highlighted in the recently launched Technology Curriculum Database, developed by YouthLearn for the U.S. Department of Education-funded National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL.

Projects range from community mapping to global investigations, with technology employed as a tool in a learning process that is interdisciplinary and, to varying degrees, learner-driven. Developed by ESRI, a company that has a long history in geographic information systems, the education community portal offers educators an array of free or low-cost resources. These include curriculum, software products, and a book series on GIS education.

URL: http://www.sedl.org/cgi-bin/mysql/afterschool/technology.cgi?resource=20
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Activities

VSA arts Invites Entries From Young Artists With Disabilities for Green Light Awards

"Sponsored by VSA arts with support from Volkswagen of America, Inc., the Green Light Awards program is open to young artists ages 16 to 25 living in the United States who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability.

The program invites entries of both representational and abstract work... Art must be an original work that has been completed in the last three years." Eligible media include paintings and drawings, fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints and two-dimensional mixed media. "This year the program also welcomes entries of sculpture and time-based media." 15 cash prizes will be awarded. Deadline: July 11, 2008.

URL: http://www.vsarts.org/PreBuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/vw/2007/
Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Funding

Creativity in Public Education

In a new video clip frontpaged on Edutopia, innovation consultant Sir Ken Robinson talks about the transformation needed in public education to nurture creativity… and he advocates making creativity an “operational idea like literacy.” The clip (15 minutes) was recorded at the Apple Education Leadership Summit in April 2008. An older article written by Robinson on similar themes is also linked.

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Resources

Op-Ed: Put a Little Science in Your Life

"I’ve increasingly come to believe: our educational system fails to teach science in a way that allows students to integrate it into their lives," writes Professor Brian Greene in a New York Times Op-Ed. "When we consider the ubiquity of cellphones, iPods, personal computers and the Internet, it’s easy to see how science (and the technology to which it leads) is woven into the fabric of our day-to-day activities," and yet, "I’ve spoken with so many people over the years whose encounters with science in school left them thinking of it as cold, distant and intimidating. They happily use the innovations that science makes possible, but feel that the science itself is just not relevant to their lives. What a shame.

Like a life without music, art or literature, a life without science is bereft of something that gives experience a rich and otherwise inaccessible dimension."

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/opinion/01greene.html?em&ex=1212638400&en=0763f2d29058a80b&ei=5087%0A
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Resources

Positive Youth Develoment Activities from 4-H

From Illinois 4-H, these "Positive Youth Development (PYD) Lesson Plans have been designed for use in a club/group setting to strengthen" the eight elements identified as critical to positive youth development. These are easily adaptable for camp and other youth programs.

Lesson plans include the following core sections: Background information; Assessment questions; Roll Call Suggestions; and Activities, such as self-reflection, games, and role-play.

URL: http://www.4-h.uiuc.edu/opps/pyd-club.html
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Activities