Put these on your calendar!

We are very excited about an upcoming event!  On Saturday, April 10, Vivian Gussin Paley, writer and master teacher of young children, and Bob Herbert, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, will be the keynote speakers for a morning devoted to the topics of “Play, the Imagination, and Taking Time for Living Life.”

As many of you know, Paley is author of many books, including The Girl with the Brown Crayon. Her visit promises to be memorable, so please save this date.

There are lots of other upcoming educational events:

NYC Principals’ Panel – Thursday, March 4, 6-8 pm, Cowin Center

PreK-12 Educators’ Career Fair – Tuesday, March 9, 2-6 pm, Lerner Hall

Please check your TC emails for more information on these events.

And, of course, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s Spring Reunion is just on the other side of that spring break.  Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee, and Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, will be the keynote speakers.  Sessions will be offered throughout the day, and teachers from all over will come together to learn.  Please plan to attend this free event on Saturday, March 20; let us know if you are willing to volunteer.

Metro NY Charter Schools Career Fair

This Saturday, February 27th, Teachers College is hosting the 8th Annual Metro New York Charter School Career Fair.  Although the Fair officially begins at 10:30, TC students will be admitted at 10 am.  This is a great opportunity to check out lots of charter schools throughout the Tri-State area, an especially important option given the current hiring freeze for most NYC public school positions.

The Fair will take place in the cafeteria as well as Grace Dodge 177 and 179.  Get your resumes and dress-for success outfits ready and register at  http://www.charterschooljobs.com/public/jobfairs/ny/TCCandidateRegistration.aspx

An Invitation

Children’s books + cupcakes = perfect afternoon!

There’s a little place where you can find them side-by-side, and you’re invited.

Please join me this Saturday, February 20th, at Books of Wonder and Cupcake Cafe on W. 18th Street.  We’ll browse for books, look at the illustration artwork and rare books in the back, and check out the cupcakes.  It’s a relaxed and cozy spot, just right for catching up with friends and enjoying a Saturday afternoon.  I’ll be there from 3-5:30 ish; drop by when you can.  Be sure to check out City Bakery (hot chocolate like you’ve never had!) and other shops on 18th Street, just off the #1 line.

Hope you can come–please send me an email to let me know you’ll be there.   18 W.18th 🙂


Happy Valentine’s Day Reading!

Regardless of your personal relationship status, Valentine’s Day is always fun to celebrate with young students!   Here are some favorite read alouds:

cover art, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz.
This is such a wonderful story about the power of love and friendship!
The Valentine Bears
The Valentine Bears by two favorites, Eve Bunting and Jan Brett.
Since the bears are always hibernating, they don’t get to celebrate until Mrs. Bear plans a surprise.  It’s interesting to contrast this book’s illustrations to Brett’s later style.
Love, Splat By Rob Scotton Illustrated by Rob Scotton
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat likes Kitten more than fish sticks and ice cream, but she calls him smelly.  What’s a cat with a valentine crush to do, especially when he has a rival suitor?
Just looking at Scotton’s illustrations makes me smile.
Any others to share?
Have fun,