Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

StoryCorps is appealing to high school students and teachers to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

Learn more about the Great Thanksgiving Day Listen  It is an ambitious attempt to collect stories from around the country and across generations. That site has links to a downloadable pdf with lesson plans and suggestions for student discussion.

In addition, the main StoryCorps site suggests numerous Questions for student interviewers to use as well as links to many, many stories already recorded. Several print collections (such as Listening is an Act of Love) published by StoryCorps are available for checkout from the New Trier library.

Added 11/18: This morning, Geoffrey A. Fowler wrote about the StoryCorps project and App in The Wall Street Journal, "Make Family History with an App from StoryCorps."  He says, this is "about more than recording history.  It's about listening more intensely than our busy lives usually allow." Here is a short video as he explains how it works:

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Connected Educator Month and other Professional Development

October (Connected Educator Month) is always a busy time and this year is no exception.  Be sure to take advantage of the many professional opportunities.  Here are just a few:

Digital Shift -- This event will be held on Wed. October 14 from 9am to 4pm, Central time. 
Digital Shift is a virtual conference that is free and always full of great resources.  For example, Follett is one of the gold sponsors and Library Journal recently interviewed Nader Qaimari, their Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Services, who shared some thoughts on user interface and library resources like eBooks. Even if you cannot make the entire day, register to be able to access the archives.

        Library 2.0 - This is the fifth annual Library2.0 worldwide event, another virtual conference to be held on October 20 from 9am until 10pm, Central time.  

        Family Action Network Speakers –a local opportunity featuring a truly impressive array of speakers and well worth investigating if you are in the area.  On Friday, October 9th Sherry Turkle will be speaking at the Skokie School in Winnetka.  If you missed her recent New York Times Op-ed piece, “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk,” do look for it and we will be adding a review on her forthcoming book, Reclaiming Conversation, to our book blog soon. The following Monday, October 12th, Anne-Marie Slaughter will be speaking at the Cornog.  She gained attention from a piece in The Atlantic a few years ago and also has a new book, Unfinished Business, about work/life balance which we reviewed in more detail here. Then on Wednesday, October 14, Julie Lythcott-Haims will give a talk at Glenbrook North High School. Her new book, How to Raise an Adult, was one that I purchased and forwarded to advisor chairs earlier this summer. (And that is just the FAN speakers for October!)

 If you have other professional development ideas to suggest, please let us know. 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Rising Strong with Dr. Brene Brown at New Trier

Dr. Brene Brown, a best-selling author and research professor at the University of Houston, will be speaking at New Trier later this week as part of a program sponsored by FAN (Family Action Network). No-cost tickets are needed to attend and the Thursday (Sept. 3rd) evening event looks likely to be standing room only!  Dr. Brown spoke at New Trier a few years ago and Thursday’s talk coincides with the recent publication of her newest book Rising Strong. 

I found her writing in Rising Strong to be gentle and encouraging, full of stories and inspiration, and obviously written from her heart. In chapters which center around reckoning, rumble and revolution, she encourages her readers to explore their emotions, to learn from failure, to accept vulnerability.  She says, "Here's how I see the progression of my work: The Gifts of Imperfection - Be You. Daring Greatly - Be all in. Rising Strong - Fall. Get up. Try again." 

If you have not already RSVP’d for the talk at New Trier, it is likely that FAN will post some audio/video as they have for other speakers.  In the meantime, here is Dr. Brown’s 2010 TEDTalk (which already has over 21 million viewers).

And a link to her website:  I expect to see faculty/staff, parents and students in the audience on Thursday, especially since the theme for IGGS this year is resilience and because as a community we work so hard to respect, share, and connect with each other's stories.