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HELLO… We Need To Hear From YOU!!

10 Jul

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HELLO FRIENDS! The time is now… We need to hear from you so that we know whether or not we can run this year’s Creativity Retreat. The sad truth is that, at the moment, we have not reached the enrollment necessary to run this fun, creative event. We have never had to cancel and we don’t want to now but, unless those of you who have been telling us for years you are coming back register now, we are getting very close to the deadline (July 28, 2015) and things aren’t looking the way we’d like them to.

Won’t you join us? Find all the details HERE.

SAVE THE DATE!!

28 Jan

We are doing it AGAIN!!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 12-13, for the FOURTH Annual Summer Creativity Institute!!!

To be held at Little Angels Preschool in Flemington, New Jersey,

Details and Guest Instructor announcements to Follow!!!

Creatively Yours,

Dar & Deb 🙂

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Project Sneak Peek!

7 May

Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the fun, creative and beautiful things we will be making together at this year’s Third Annual Summer Creativity Institute!

Don’t be disappointed…. REGISTER TODAY!!

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Register NOW for the 2013 Summer Creativity Institute!

3 Apr

We are excited to have finalized our plans for this year’s Summer Creativity Institute!

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, August 7-8, 2013 at Little Angels Preschool in Flemington, NJ

We have exciting guest instructors, a special hotel rate for those of you coming in from out of state, and a brand new location in Flemington, NJ.

GET ALL THE DETAILS BY CLICKING THE “SUMMER INSTITUTE 2013” LINK ABOVE!

Questions? Email us at teachingoutofthebox@gmail.com

We can’t wait to see you all again!

Save The Date! April 21st SATURDAY SESSION!

21 Feb

Saturday, April 21st Teaching Out Of The Box will be hosting another SATURDAY SESSION at the Hunterdon Learning Center. Details will be coming soon. Subscribe here to receive updates on this upcoming professional development program!

Upcycled Mini-Books: Literacy & Art

ANNOUNCING: Saturday Sessions Registration!

12 Oct

We are thrilled to announce the first three professional development workshops for our 2012 “Saturday Sessions” schedule.  We hope that you will join us for dynamic, creative and FUN hands-on workshops in one of the most beautiful settings in central New Jersey, The Hunterdon Learning Center.

SATURDAY SESSIONS, 9:00-3:00:

JANUARY 21, 2012 – UPCYCLED MINI-BOOKS: Get involved in a day of creating all sorts of mini books from recycled materials that can be easily found around the home and classroom. We’ll give you plenty of writing prompts and show you how to use these books across the curriculum to enhance your units of study.

FEBRUARY 4, 2012 – TEACHERS PLAYGROUND: Come spend a day with us and find the inner creativity you may have lost in 3rd grade. Loads of hands-on fun from our favorite “Greatest Hits”.  Resources and hands-on writing and creative projects that will bring your classroom to life.

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 – POETRY ROCKS, LYRICAL WRITING IN MOTION: Create your own poetry rock set, and discover ways to find poetry in every subject. Hands-on fun with lots of poetry writing activities that you will be able to take back and use the next day.

$140.00: By CHECK, CREDIT CARD or PayPal

Includes, coffee, lunch & snacks!

Three or more people registering together will receive $130.00 registration per person.

One person who signs up for two or more classes will receive $130.00 registration per session.

All participants will receive PD Certificates for SIX HOURS of professional development.

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW

TOOTB Saturday Sessions Registration form

Questions?  We have answers!  Drop us a line at teachingoutofthebox@gmail.com.

Don’t Just Say It, Do It…Bring Creativity In

14 Sep

Our schools and classrooms need creativity.  It’s not optional.  We all know it.

This year, bring creativity into your district by hosting a new kind of professional development.  This year, bring in some inspiration from real teachers who understand your time constraints, know your limited resources and acknowledge the responsibility you have to curriculum standards.  Our fun, hands-on workshop programs include projects, lesson plans and resources that will allow you to implement  your new ideas as soon as you get back to your classroom.  Here are just a few of the unique sessions we have designed:

  • The Zen Classroom: Fostering Focus and Feeling Free
  • The Writing Classroom: Writing With Soul
  • Back To The Wild: Nature Journaling and Other Wild Things
  • Poetry Rocks: Lyrical Writing In Motion
We think there’s a way to remain creative at any age.  We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to share our ideas!

Together, We Lit A Fire!

1 Aug

So, I have to tell you that in all the weeks and months that led up to our first, annual Teaching Out Of The Box Summer Educators Institute, I had that well known line from The Field of Dreams running through my mind: Build it and they will come.

We built it and you came!  It exceeded our expectations.  It made us so happy, so inspired, so full of hope for the real possibilities we feel still exist for education.  But, we couldn’t have done it without you!  Thank you to everyone who was a part of our two day experience.  The creative energy was really flowing at the Hunterdon Learning Center, a setting I know everyone will agree was simply beautiful.  Together, I think we were able to really grab a hold of the true spirit of learning and I know that our own spirits were energized in the process.  We couldn’t have had better participants or presenters and have already begun planning our next event.

Super thanks go to Brod, Carla and Kimberly for being the best trio of presenters any conference could ask for.  I hope that every teacher you meet realizes what a treat it would be to have any of you in their schools.  Also, thank you to Johanna, Katie and Erin for being great go-fer women and all around helpful humans.  Thanks to Claire for running an awesome book shop and giving a generous educator’s discount and much gratitude to new friends Kate Spann and Ed Pagliarini for their photography skills.  And, last but not least, thank you to Toby, Hope, Susan and Steve from the Hunterdon Learning Center for allowing us to invade your beautiful and inspiring space and for supporting our project–we look forward to collaborating with you again.

For anyone who is curious about what we did in these two days, I have posted a complete description of this fun and learning filled event at my 52 Mondays Blog.

This blog will be the place to find out what’s on our calendar and how you can be a part of it.  Check back often or, better yet, become a subscriber to get all our updates!

Be sure to visit the TOOTB Flickr Site to see pictures from the Institute.  To our Dear Participants, add your pictures to the Teaching Out Of The Box Group on Flickr and get your feedback to us in return for your PD Certificate and supplemental handouts.

Much Love,

Dar and Deb

Fresh News! Kimberly Is Coming!

29 Jun

A number of you have been emailing to ask if you can still register for the Institute… yes!  But, please get your registration in now, as we are tweaking the schedule and making the final counts for lunch and supplies.

 

AND!  We are thrilled to tell you that Kimberly Carmody, from Urban River Arts in Brooklyn, is coming to the Summer Educator’s Institute!  Kimberly is an inspiring woman and a gifted educator who has worked in a number of creative capacities throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  I met her recently when I took her class on Sequence Painting.

Kimberly will be teaching us the method and philosophy of Sequence Painting, as well as introducing us to her Urban Mandala Project.  We think that she rounds off this group of presenters in the most wonderful way!