Category Archives: Engaging Youth

fYrefly in Schools – FREE Presentation Opportunity for Teachers

fYrefly in Schools – FREE Presentation Opportunity for Teachers

The Institutefor Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) is pleased to introduce our new “fYrefly in Schools” peer-to-peer LGBTQ education program. Based on Camp fYrefly, our award-winning summer leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth and allies, “fYrefly in Schools” aims to increase awareness of the impact of homophobic/transphobic bullying and equip students with the tools they need to challenge prejudice and discrimination and to become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and communities.

Former Edmonton Public school counsellor and teacher, Melinda McNie is the core teacher-facilitator for fYrefly in Schools. Melinda brings with her 30+ years of experience working with vulnerable youth. We are thrilled to have her working with us to create safe, caring, equitable, and inclusive schools for all students.

To learn more about, or to request this FREE program for your junior or senior high classroom, please contact Dr. Kristopher Wells (kris.wells@ualberta.ca).

2011 Graphic Novels for K-12: ALA’s

2011 Graphic Novels for K-12: ALA’s

The Association for Library Service to Children (ASLC), a division of the American Library Association, has just released its 2011 list of core titles that can be used when starting or maintaining a children’s graphic novel collection which covers K-8.  Happy reading!

 

 

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series – “Make It Better”: Moving from Hostile Climates to LGBTQ-Inclusive Schools from Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series – “Make It Better”: Moving from Hostile Climates to LGBTQ-Inclusive Schools from Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series Presents a Very Special Research Presentation:

On Tuesday, October 11 from 5-6pm, we welcome Dr. Catherine Taylor who is providing the Keynote Lecture of iSMSS‘s Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series. Dr. Taylor will report on a national three-year study involving 3,607 Canadian teenagers which found that K-12 public schools can be a bleak place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students. Dr. Taylor will also share key recommendations arising from this research to help “make it better” in schools through effective anti-homophobia policy.

This free public presentation, held on International Coming Out Day, is sponsored by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta; Family and Community Supports and Services (FCSS), City of Edmonton; United Way; and the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Location:
Lecture Theatre 2-115
2nd floor, Education North Building
University of Alberta

This even is FREE and open to all interested members of the University and larger community. Please see the attached poster for more details.

As part of her visit, Dr. Taylor will also be making presentations to Alberta Education and Edmonton Public Schools.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Kristopher Wells (kris.wells@ualberta.ca)

Gaming for Children with Special Needs

Gaming for Children with Special Needs

Have a peek at this online article from the 8bitlibrary blog to read about fun ideas for special needs kids – and not just video games!

Explore Museums and Great Works of Art in the Google Art Project

Explore Museums and Great Works of Art in the Google Art Project

Attention art teachers!  No room in the budget for a field trip to the National Gallery in London?  No problem.

Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

What is the Google Art project?  A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

For now the following museums are included in the project:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction

Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/technology/21brain.html?_r=1

Media Literacy Week – November 1-5, 2010

Media Literacy Week – November 1-5, 2010

“Media Literacy Week was conceived in 2006 under the name National Media Education Week to promote media literacy as a key component in the education of young people and to encourage the integration and the practice of media education in Canadian homes, schools and communities.

The theme for Media Literacy Week 2010, Gender and Media, encourages adults to explore with young people the issues related to gender representation – body image, stereotyping, sexualization, roles and relationships – as well as how media can be used to provide more realistic and empowering role models for youth.”

Visit the Media Literacy Week 2010 site.