Friday, September 22, 2017

Next Week is .... Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017



The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2017 celebration will be held September 24 - September 30.
In addition to our sponsors, Banned Books Week received generous support from Penguin Random House and DKT Liberty Project.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 are:
  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes
  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint
  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”
  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints
  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content
  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”
  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author
  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    Reason: challenged for offensive language
More information on banned and challenged books is available on the American Library Association website.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Learn with SPLASH at Yale!

This semester for 7th-12th graders, Splash will take place on November 11th, 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to promote learning in a fun environment! Our teachers lead classes in all subjects, ranging from particle physics to cookie science to improv comedy. Our classes are taught on the historic Yale campus by passionate students. Participants are encouraged to fill their day with incredible classes of their choice! For more information, please visit our website, Students who are interested in the program should make an account on our website. They will then receive updates as we approach student registration, which will occur in mid-October. We work to promote and encourage student agency and self-direction at our programs, so to that end we ask educators and parents help us by having students decide independently whether or not to attend, as well as choose their own courses if they come. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

More Free Webinars - September 12th and September 28th



Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Modeling, Questioning and Encouraging Language Development with AAC
September 12, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Central Daylight Time

This webinar will present research-based techniques and strategies to increase communication for individuals using a speech generating device (SGD) via communication partner education.

Participants will learn about communication and communication characteristics common to both partners, how to increase communication by modifying their own behaviors, six techniques to incorporate into everyday communicative contexts, and two strategies to use within a shared book reading context.

PRESENTER: Melissa Malani, Ph. D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.


AAC in Early Childhood: Myths & Realities
September 28, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Central Daylight Time

(CEUs are available for this sponsored webinar) 

AAC itself is a complex field, and implementing speech-generating devices with very young children requires a high level of training and technical expertise. This webinar will provide a foundation upon which participants can continue to develop their skills and knowledge base with this special population.

Specifically, this webinar will focus primarily upon use of high-tech speech-generating devices with children 1-3 years of age.

Participants will learn to identify and respond to common myths related to AAC use in early childhood; sub-topics will include alternative access (focusing on eye-tracking technology), iOS language systems and establishing goals for using AAC for the first time.

PRESENTER: Andrea Schario, M.A., CCC-SLP

Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.

Participation in these free, sponsored webinars is limited to the first 100 log-ins.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

FREE WEBINAR - But...You Do Have To Register!


Alan November on Leveraging Opportunities in First Weeks of School

Please join us for a free webinar as education thought leader Alan November discusses the valuable opportunities that exist in the first days and weeks of the school year.

What: Alan November on “The First Five Days”
When: Tues. 09/19 @ 12:00 Noon ET / 9:00 AM PT

Listen in as November builds upon ideas that include:
  • Empowering students and preparing them for a global economy by helping them develop tools and networks for support
  • How a focus on information literacy, student roles and global collaboration can set the stage for a year of engaging and self-directed learning
Can't make the live webinar? Don't worry. You can still register for the event and a recording will be emailed to you when available.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day!

It is hard to believe that school has started and 
Labor Day is Monday!

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For more information on Labor Day check out these links:

And just something a little different, in case you are going to hit the stores: