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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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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‚Äôll 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 ‚ÄúGreatest Hits‚ÄĚ. ¬†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!

We still have scholarship money and a few spots available…

14 Jun

Yes our deadline has come and gone but lucky you… we will be accepting registrations until we are full. We still have some spots. Send us an email and see if we still have room for you!

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

Funding for Professional Development

16 Apr

Hello teachers. It’s time to get creative in finding ways to fund your professional development. ¬†First and foremost, it doesn’t hurt to ask your PTA or PTO if they would be willing to provide mini-grants for professional development. ¬†They often do this. ¬†And do it willingly!

Another often overlooked source may be your own contract. I know the district where I taught had a provision in our contract for a “pot of money” to be ¬†divided equally between all staff members who attended the yearly state teacher’s conference. In addition there was a second sum of money to be used towards all other conferences. Most teachers were unaware of this second source of money even though it was and still is in their current contract. I frequently applied to the latter funding to help cover my expenses for week long conferences I wanted to attend during the summer.

There are many resources on the internet as well that offer grants to teachers for professional development. Here are a few that may provide you with resources for funding:

http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/funding-professional-development

http://www.teacherscount.org/teacher/grants.shtml

http://www.grants4teachers.com/

http://www.technologygrantnews.com/grant-index-by-type/k-12-grants.html

I know that many districts realizing the importance of providing enriched programing to their students and staff have formed Educational Foundations. It doesn’t hurt to ask if they would be willing to cover professional development experiences for staff members too! Look at your local resources, your PTA, PTO, Education Foundations, perhaps other service organizations in your community. ¬†You may be pleasantly surprised. Be creative!
What’s the worst that could happen?