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

ToothacheSanDiego.com Launches New Website

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malesmileToothacheSanDiego.com launches new site highlighting teeth cleaning and preventative care education and maintenance.

Many adults have had a toothache at some point. While toothaches are never pleasant, many regard them simply as an annoyance to be tolerated or ignored altogether. A toothache, however, is an indication that any number of more serious oral health issues may be present. The new web resource http://www.toothachesandiego.com helps provide San Diego residents with information about toothaches, teeth cleaning, and general preventative oral health care.

ToothacheSandiego.com will provide a portal for local San Diego oral health specialists to educate the public on proper hygiene, and preventative, as well as corrective oral care when needed. San Diego dentist, Dr. Mark S. Richey is one of the early adopters of the new site. Dr. Richey utilizes toothachesandeigo.com in order to better equip patients to maintain ideal oral health, as he strongly believes that dental care is an integral part of optimal health and immune function. To date the site lists causes, side effects, and treatment methods of toothache, and emphasizes the possible health risks of allowing toothaches to go untreated. Utilizing tools like toothachesandiego.com allows local dental care specialist to reach a wider range of those suffering from a toothache or in need of general dentistry.

From causes of oral infections to solutions for cosmetic needs, toothachesandiego.com has answers to many commonly asked dental questions. While the site focuses primarily on causes of toothache and preventative care, Dr. Richey also posts periodic blogs detailing the various methods used to identify and treat all manner of oral health issues. It is, of course, important to brush and floss daily, however, scheduling regular oral examinations and cleanings is vital in preventing oral health issues like toothache from advancing to more serious stages.

About Toothache San Diego:

Hillcrest, CA. dentist, Dr. Mark S. Richey has been firmly rooted at the same dental office for over 20 years. Graduating from the University of Missouri in 1984 and from Northwestern University in 1988, Dr. Richey has been a member of the ADA, CDA and SDDS since 1990. Immediately after graduating, he completed a general practice residency program at the University of Nebraska medical center in Omaha, where he was trained to manage difficult medical-dental cases while working with medically compromised patients.