Archive for February, 2007

Grant $$$

Monday, February 26th, 2007

$150,000 to help fund arts programs
Grant Title: Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
Organization: National Endowment for the Arts
Eligibility: Nonprofits
Value: $5,000-$150,000
Deadline: June 11, 2007

The Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth category offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Funded projects apply national or state arts education standards.


Middle School Training , March 9th

Friday, February 23rd, 2007


Friday March 9th, 2007

“Weaving Multicultural Arts and Literacy into your Middle School Program”

In this workshop, participants will work with Arts and Culture specialist Emi Gittleman to experience and master sample activities that weave together music, movement, visual arts and storytelling ­ all activities that can be used directly at your site. Explore diversity and literacy in creative ways – exercises are designed to build cultural curiosity and enhance reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with your young people in Middle School programs.

Ms. Emi Gittleman is the founder and Executive Director of GlobalArts to Go
– a multicultural arts, education and entertainment organization based in> New York City. Previously, Ms. Gittleman founded and directed the Putumayo World Music Kids & Education Division for six years. In addition to her work with GATGO, she currently works as a Training Facilitator, Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Artist with many arts-in-education, afterschool and community-based organizations in the United States and internationally.

The third session of 6 is in partnership with PASE of NYC.

Friday, March 9th,2007
:First Baptist Church of Westfield,
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ

Cost: $30 per person
What: Covers materials,training certificate and lunch
(A form is needed for each person registering – Duplicate as needed)
City State ZIP
Day Phone:
After school Program:
Number of youth served:
Dietary Needs:
Cost: $30 per person
Make checks payable to NJSACC.
PO’s and Credit Cards accepted.
Amount enclosed: ________________
Check Number__________ or Purchase Order Number____________
Credit Card #_____________________________________________
Visa___ MasterCard___ Expiration Date____________
Name on Card____________________________________________
Zip Code for Credit Card Billing Address_______________
Fax your registration to NJSACC @ 908.789.4237 by March 2nd!
Then mail payment and registration form to:
231 North Avenue West #363
Westfield, NJ 07090

All Registrations must be received by March 2nd, 2007.
Payment must be mailed to the address above and received by date of training.


Friday, February 23rd, 2007

‘Child’ presents a unique look at how kids see life. Tape the programs, can be a great staff development tool !

BYLINE: Gary Strauss, USA Today

At another network, the kid-filmed documentary series My Life As a Child might have turned into something aimed for belly laughs or reality-based angst.
Instead, The Learning Channel’s My Life As a Child (Monday, 7 p.m. ET/PT) offers an unvarnished, first-person perspective into what life is like to 7- to 11-year-olds.
Patterned after a BBC program by the same name, the six-episode series features 20 American children who produced, directed and taped themselves and their families with video cameras for four months in 2006. The show’s producers created each vignette from about 40 hours of tapes submitted by each child.
The diverse group includes the daughter of a lesbian couple, a Katrina survivor, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy, an 8-year-old piano prodigy, a youngster who lives on an Indian reservation, a home-schooled girl from Idaho’s Pan-handle, and a child whose military dad has served several tours in Iraq.
“It’s rare that you get a chance to see what life’s like from a child’s perspective,” Life producer Amy Kohn says. “We were consistently amazed how they were able to open up. Whatever their problems, they’ve found a way to have life work for them.”
Monday’s episode, titled “Hopes and Hurdles,” focuses in part on 8-year-old Joshua Bynum, who lives part time with his mother in a drug-infested Baltimore neighborhood too dangerous to play in. Often teary-eyed and torn between splitting time with his mother and grandmother, “I think it came out very good,” the third-grader says, reflecting on his work.
The March 5 episode features New Yorker Lisetanne Schershel, an 11-year-old black girl who shrugs off peer criti-cism as the adopted daughter of a single white woman. “I wanted to get across things about being adopted,” she says. “I don’t want kids to feel bad about being adopted.”
TLC hopes Life will be a network fixture and classroom learning tool. “We were blown away how kids so young can talk about things,” says general manager David Abraham. “The stories have a very natural feel, and there’s no artifice to them.”

Grant $$$

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

“Grant to Support Job Skills & Education for Disadvantaged Youth”

Staples Foundation for Learning Grants
provide funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Maximum Award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: April 6, 2007.

School-Family-Community Partnership Toolkit

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

A Toolkit to adapt for your afterschool program.

The deeply ingrained multiculturalism that makes New Mexico unique also presents challenges in communicating and setting shared priorities. Schools face their own set of challenges in accommodating all families, making them part of the school community and including them as partners in their child’s education. The New Mexico Public Education Department has created, “Working Together: School-Family-Community Partnerships, A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities.” The purpose of the Toolkit is to assist educators and education partners with information, resources and strategies to help strengthen parent and community involvement. The toolkit is designed to make schools places that foster community collaboration and make parents and families feel welcome. The Toolkit has been created by The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations. It is intended to support the development of school, family and community partnerships with the ultimate goal of helping all children and youth succeed in school and in life. The Toolkit is divided into three sections: Teacher Tools, Family Tools and Professional Development Tools. These tools are intended to support partnerships that can improve school programs and climate, provide family services and support, increase parents’ skills and leadership, connect families with others in the school and community, and help teachers in their daily work.