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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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Save the Date for our 2nd Annual Summer Institute for Teachers!

25 Mar

Last year’s retreat-like event was such a success, so of course we plan to do it again! We are busy making plans for our Summer Institute to be held on August 7 & 8th, 2012. Plans are to make this summer’s event bigger and even better! Subscribe today and be among the first to get all the details as soon as they are posted!

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

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

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?

You Are Invited!

18 Mar

We are very excited to announce the registration and details of the

“TEACHING OUT OF THE BOX” Educational Summer Institute

A dynamic and creative experience for Teachers in a scenic, retreat-like atmosphere.  We have two days of wonderful workshops planned for you!  We hope that you will be able join us for this informative and fun event.

JULY 27 & 28, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

At The Hunterdon Learning Center, 37 Hoffmann Crossing’s Road, in beautiful, scenic Califon, NJ

TOOTB Summer Institute Registration form 2011

We are offering you an exciting, two-day hands-on retreat just for teachers, in a beautiful setting in Central New Jersey, where you will learn simple ways to integrate creative activities into your classrooms, curriculum and literacy instruction that will stimulate and motivate student learning.¬† Come and participate in dynamic workshops that use recycled and “upcycled” materials. ¬†Learn how to be creative on a shoestring budget and how to promote literacy through the exciting practice of “Art Journaling.” ¬†Abandon your fears of drawing, painting and creative writing and experience our belief that Creativity Is A State of Mind. ¬†Find out how you can integrate the arts, poetry, technology and nature-based learning into your K-5 classroom. ¬†Come and make new friends, join professional artists, writers and educators for this informative, inspiring and spirit building event and leave with a box full of ideas to enhance your teachings!

Professional Development hours will be provided.

The Bottom Line:

Registration will be limited.

The cost for the two-day event is $275.00 and this includes lunch both days PLUS, a “Swag Box” of free stuff.

Discounted price: $250.00 if paying by check ($35.00 fee for all returned checks).

$20.00 for the Special Ticketed Event 5:00 p.m. on  July 27th РWatercolor Social with illustrator, Doris Ettlinger.

Payment due at time of registration. We will be accepting registration until we reach our maximum.

FEATURED INSTRUCTORS:

Carla Sonheim is a¬†painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor from Seattle who is nationally known for her fun and innovative¬†projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating.¬†She is the author of the terrific book, Drawing Lab and has presented her inspiring workshops all over the country, including Art & Soul, Art Unraveled and Etsy Studios in NYC. ¬†Her inspirational blog, The Snowball Journals, includes tons of information on her life, work and her well known online course, “The Art of Silliness.”

Doris Ettlinger is an illustrator and teacher. ¬†Ettlinger was born on Staten Island and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been illustrating professionally for the last 20 years with over 30 titles in her name. Today she lives, draws, and teaches in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in Warren County, New Jersey. She tells her art students that drawing every day improves her skills, just as practicing an instrument improves a musician’s skills or working out improves an athlete’s performance. The more she works, the easier it becomes to draw the scenes she sees in her mind.

Dar Hosta is an award winning children’s book author, illustrator and educator who is known for her picture books, her presentations on creativity at national educational conferences, and her programs and residencies with elementary schools throughout the country.  She is an annual presenter at the American Horticultural Society’s Children & Youth Garden Symposium and a member of the Growing Good Kids Book Award Panel.  Dar has published over 40 books written and illustrated by children and teachers, and these books can be seen at Blurb.  She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Missouri, a language arts education certification from Cleveland State University and has been working with children and adults in education since 1992.

Deb Barends has been teaching in the primary grades for 35 years.  In addition to providing fine arts enrichment activities in her own classroom, Deb loves children’s literature and teaching writing to children. She has been a curriculum writer and has presented numerous workshops in language arts, creative arts and Math Their Way both locally and nationally. She believes that interweaving art and music enhances students learning in all areas of the curriculum. She is currently teaching art and enrichment at Whitehouse Preparatory School.

REGISTRATION FORM: TOOTB Summer Institute Registration form 2011


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!