Harvard Launches New Program For Educators

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newsApplications are now being received for Books, Movies, and Civic Engagement, a professional education offering on campus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, June 20 – 24, 2016.

The program will convene teachers, media specialists, school leaders, after-school program leaders, and others committed to using transmedia storytelling – telling a single story across multiple media platforms – to help young people engage with challenging cultural and social justice issues.

“It’s like a film festival for educators,” said Tonya Lewis Lee, who has joined the program faculty along with Nikki Silver, her Chief Co-Creator at ToniK Productions. The two will discuss their process and objectives in adapting The Watsons Go To Birmingham for television, along with their brand new project – a film adaptation of Walter Dean Meyers’ novel, Monster. Faculty will also explore transmedia opportunities for Fun Home and Hamilton, both currently very popular on Broadway.

The explosion of books across genres being adapted for the screen (e.g., biography, dystopia, historical fiction) has created exciting new opportunities to employ transmedia storytelling in support of student learning and development. Harvard Graduate School of Education Faculty Co-Chair Robert Selman explains that the program is designed to explore intertextuality, “a term that points to the way different sectors, genres, and media can all come together to promote and enrich storytelling…and build knowledge and sophistication.”

Activities will include plenary sessions, film screenings, and protocols for dialogic instruction — informal conversation between students and teachers to stimulate thinking and advance understanding. Participants will examine issues and stories that are relevant to today’s students in a variety of workshops and explore ways different content platforms can tell the same (or similar) stories.

Faculty co-chairs:

Joe Blatt, senior lecturer on education and faculty director, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, HGSE Robert Selman, Roy Edward Larsen professor of education and human development, HGSE, and professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School.

Randy Testa, former vice president of education and professional development, Walden Media Tracy Elizabeth, doctoral candidate in Human Development and Education at HGSE.

BMCE is one of 50+ programs for K-12 teachers and school leaders offered annually, online and on campus, at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Additional program information and application details are available at: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/programs

Society Of Health And Physical Educators Introduces New Website

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kidsunningtogetherThe Society of Health and Physical Educators, formerly known as AAHPERD, today continued its rebranding efforts to be the premiere organization for school health and physical educators with the introduction of its new streamlined website – www.SHAPEAmerica.org. Earlier this month at the 129-year-old organization’s National Convention & Expo in St. Louis, the new name, logo and brand were formally launched.

“The new website is a culmination of our new visual look, improved navigation and search capability so that you can easily find all of the popular topics on the website from Let’s Move! Active Schools to the National Standards and Guidelines,” says Chief Executive Officer E. Paul Roetert. “We purposely changed the name to SHAPE America to help increase visibility and name recognition among our members and the public. So when looking for topical information on school health and physical education, and the importance of healthy, active lifestyles, we want www.SHAPEAmerica.org to be the first stop for everyone.”

In addition to including our popular Teacher’s Toolbox and Coach’s Toolbox, all social media channels are featured as well as many quick-links, visuals, breaking news and announcements in the fields of school health, physical education and physical activity, with an enhanced search capability. For instance, news about the 2014 National Coaching Conference, June 18-20 in Washington, D.C. is included on the website as the “go to” source for the call for proposals, registration and housing and programming highlights. This will be followed shortly with information about the 2015 National Conference & Expo on March 17-21 in Seattle, WA.

The website also includes a look at the association’s leaders. At the recent National Convention & Expo, Dolly Lambdin, a clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin, assumed the presidency of the organization. She is joined on the Executive Committee with Past President Gale Wiedow of Dakota State University, SD; SHAPE America CEO Roetert, and newly elected President-Elect Stephen Jefferies of Central Washington University. At-large members of the Board of Directors include newly–elected Marybell Avery, Lincoln, NE Public Schools; Fran Cleland, West Chester University, PA; Renee Colleran, Northshore School District, WA; Dennis Docheff, University of Central Missouri; Neil Dougherty, Rutgers University, NJ; Lynn Johnson, Plymouth State University, NH; Anne Stewart, Corpus Christie, TX, and Milton Wilder, Cullman, AL.

Once an alliance of five national associations and a Research Consortium, the organization developed a multi-year strategic review and planning process to better serve its nearly 20,000 members’ needs as a unified organization. Reflecting this new direction, SHAPE America is working to:

* Shape a future where healthy is the norm

* Shape a standard of excellence in physical education and health education

* Shape the lifelong habits of young people

* Shape and influence policy related to physical education and health education.