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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 ūüôā

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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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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!

ANNOUNCING: Scholarship Monies!

2 Jun

We are pleased to announced that, through a generous grant, additional scholarship monies are now available to attend this summer’s Teaching Out Of The Box Summer Institute. We previously had some organizations sponsor scholarships for their own members and now we are excited to present scholarship opportunities to everyone. All classroom and preservice teachers are eligible to apply for a grant to help defray the cost of attending The Teaching Out Of The Box Summer Institute in Hunterdon County. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and join with feature presenters Brod Bagert, Carla Sonheim, Doris Ettlinger, and Dar Hosta and Deb Barends for a truly unique hands-on experience.

Dar has just returned from the IRA in Orlando where she presented to a packed house full of teachers who were excited about her presentation on bringing creativity back into the classroom. In addition she attended a STEM poetry workshop and is excited to share highlights about this up and coming initiative and how teachers can approach it creatively.

Brod Bagert also presented at IRA this year in collaboration with Tim Rasinski and together they have a series of teacher references available for grades 1-8 level: Poems for Building Reading Skill (The Poet and the Professor.)

Deb recently attended an outstanding workshop, “Voices From the Land”, in Boston presented by the Monarch Teacher’s Network with plenty of ideas for exploring language and landscapes, art and culture with your students creatively in your expanded outdoor classroom.

And, check out Carla Sonheim’s recent interview on Art And Soul Radio. ¬†After this terrific discussion, you’ll agree that she is going to calm all our fears about drawing and our own creativity.

Additional information about the Summer Institute is available at: https://teachingoutofthebox.wordpress.com 

To apply for the scholarship, please complete and return the attached form via email to teachingoutofthebox@gmail.com by June 8th. Winners will receive confirmation that they have been awarded a scholarship which you must return with your registration to the Summer Institute by June 13th. (No cash value will be awarded and this grant money can only be used towards the Summer Institute at the Hunterdon Learning Center July 27-28, 2011.

Please feel free to share this scholarship application with your friends today! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at teachingoutofthebox@gmail.com 

TOOTB Scholarship Application

We Want To Hear From YOU!

5 Mar

This could be YOU! Summer Literacy Institute at MNU, 2010.

Hi! ¬†We are excited to share with you that we¬†are moving forward and currently making plans for a 2-Day, Summer Creativity Institute some time this summer! Knowing the budget restraints that many districts are under, we are really trying to make this as low cost as possible and are currently seeking funding in order to put together a really fun, hands-on, information and action-packed two days full of writing ideas, educational resources and creative inspirations for your classroom. ¬†Both Deb and I have been full of so many ideas for activities, lessons and guest instructors that we have been having trouble sleeping! ¬†We recently had a very productive meeting at an awesome venue, a beautiful spot in central New Jersey that holds a lot of promise for what we’d like to accomplish now, as well as wonderful possibilities for the vision we have for growth.

Right now, we’d like your input…

Would you prefer weekdays or a weekend?
Is there professional development money available from your district for you to attend?
What would you consider a fair price for a two day workshop?
Would you consider attending if it fits into your schedule?
Thanks! ¬†We can’t wait to hear your input, suggestions and or comments!
~Dar

We’re Out Of The Box!

4 Feb

That’s right, we’re out of the box and we want you to be, too! ¬†Out Of The Box is an educational “on the road” program by us! ¬†We’re two, creative educators, Deb Barends and Dar Hosta. Together, we show classroom teachers, through presentations, collaborative projects, outdoor nature inspired activities, and hands-on workshops, how they can make and maintain creativity in their classrooms and still attend to the required curriculum standards.

We have lots of fun things planned for the future, including weekend “Out Of The Box Institutes” where you will be energized, inspired and filled with new ideas that you can take right back to your classroom and implement! ¬†We’re excited about making learning fun again and we hope you will join us. ¬†Sign up to receive notices from us by clicking the button on the sidebar, “I Wanna Be Out Of The Box!”

To learn more about these dynamic in-service sessions and how you can schedule a session at your school or in your district, contact Dar Hosta at darhosta@mac.com and Deb Barends at 4debb@comcast.net.

We can’t wait to hear from you!