2014-2015 Educator Events

Friday, October 3rd, 9:00 - 11:00 am. Materials review. Coffee at 9, review starts at 9:30. Previews, reviews of new releases, and conversation about nonfiction children’s titles. There will be book and supply giveaways, and a chance to browse all the latest titles at the store. Covers grades k-9.

Saturday, October 18th, 11:00 and 1:00 - Sarah Stewart Taylor Writing Workshops (Two different workshops) S.S. Taylor, author of the acclaimed Expeditioners books, conducts two creative writing workshops. The first, from 11:00 - noon will be for educators interested in their own writing as well as teaching techniques. The second, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm will be for young writers (recommended for ages 11+). Because there is limited space, we do request RSVPs for these workshops (e-mail helen@bearpondbooks.com).  

Tuesday, October 21st, 7pm Ben Hewitt speaks about his latest book Home Grown. This book tells the story of his family's approach to education based on discovery and learning on their Vermont farm and in the natural world and everyday decisions found there.  

Tuesday, October 28th, 7pm Garret Keizer reads from and speaks about his memoir Getting Schooled, which reflects on a year spent teaching in a rural Vermont high school after several decades away from the classroom.

Saturday, November 15th, 11:00 am Jason Chin and Deirdre Gill, Picture Books in Nature  - Picture book authors and illustrators Jason Chin and Deirdre Gill discuss how they tell stories that are inspired by their love of nature, using both text and pictures. Includes both their process and ideas for activities with students.

Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00 pm Author Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved) comes to the store as part of our regular authors series to share her new memoir Stories of My Life.

January 24th, 11:00 am - Laurel Neme, Creating Global Connections. Laurel Neme is a conservationist and picture book author who works with organizations all over the world to protect species including orangutans, raptors, Kenyan elephants, Malaysian sun bears, and more. She joins us to talk about ways to make your own global connections for the classroom. She is a contributor to National Geographic, host of The WildLife podcast, and her debut picture book is Orangutan Houdini. Laurel lives in Shelburne, Vermont.

February 7th, 11:00 am Katherine Roy - Visual Learning. Meet our neighborhood sharks with author/illustrator, Katherine Roy—a fascinating look at her debut picture book, Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of the Farallon Islands. Researched on the water with Bay Area shark scientists in October 2012, Roy's work vividly recreates a day in the life of a shark and reveals why sharks are essential to our ecosystem and deserve our protection. Join her for this multimedia presentation featuring behind-the-scenes photos, sketches, and videos to learn how she turns information into storytelling and creates a book from start to finish. Q&A to follow.

February 14th 11:00 am Gary Lee Miller & Deb Fleischman - Short and Sweet: The Power of Classroom Writing Prompts. In just seven minutes, you can change the writing lives of students. Join Gary & Deb (founders of the Write Mondays workshops) to learn about designing short writing exercises that build critical ELA skills and make even reluctant writers look forward to picking up a pen. You’ll learn how to write good prompts, how to use prompts to hook reluctant writers, the value of prompts as an assessment tool, and more. 

Friday, April 10th 9:30 - 11:30 am Fiction Materials Review Join us for another jam-packed review session of new and soon-to-be-published fiction for intermediate and high school grades. Jane will briefly highlight books on the brand new 2015-2016 DCF list, and then we'll focus on other great books that are on the radar for early 2015. Plus, great giveaways, buttery treats and plenty of coffee.We will be joined by Deb Woodward of Candlewick Publishers. Save the date and join us for a fun and filling morning.

For a list of all Bear Pond Books events, visit our main website www.bearpondbooks.com

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