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Passport 2014 Programs are in our free Video On Demand Library

Best Practices for Teaching And Learning: Critical & Creative Thinking Strategies


Strategies for critical and creative thinking are about “teaching up” — to extend the learning process for every learner in every content area. This collection shows how classroom teachers use critical and creative strategies to infuse their instruction with higher level thinking skills. A snapshot of strategies in action includes how to conduct a Socratic Seminar in addition to other critical and creative thinking strategies: fluency, originality, flexibility and elaboration, point of view, decisions and outcomes, visualization, plus, minus and interesting, and encapsulation.

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Creating george WASHINGTON

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Students get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of george WASHINGTON, a new orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds. His composition utilizes orchestra, multiscreen video, electronic sounds, and three narrators to explore George Washington in a unique way, showing the first president at different stages in his life. This large-scale work by Reynolds, visual designer Ross Karre, computer musician Jaime Oliver, and performance audio engineer Josef Kucera draws from many academic disciplines including music, history, language arts, science, math, and technology.

This program is available on DVD—free of charge—to educational institutions.

Innovation Workshop: Building Discovery


This program focuses on the engineering and science of how the space shuttles were built and operated. Through science demonstrations, explanatory graphics, archival footage, and interviews with experts, students will discover how engineers created one of the most magnificent machines ever built — a reusable space plane.

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Tricked: Inside the World of Teen Sex Trafficking

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This program helps students understand and spot the scouting and manipulating techniques that are commonly used by traffickers. Using testimony from survivors of sex trafficking, as well as insider information from a former trafficker, we talk about how to avoid susceptible behaviors. We also provide insights on how to get help if students or their friends get trapped in this terrible situation. Knowledge is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against this global issue. Help your community be more aware.

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Meet the Author: Betty G. Birney

Betty G. Birney is the creator of Humphrey the hamster — everyone's favorite classroom pet. In her books, the furry little hero's classroom adventures deal with issues students can relate to. During the program, author Birney shares why she selected the name Humphrey and why Humphrey has a secret notebook.

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Meet the Author: Brian Floca

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Brian Floca visits the MTA studio. According to the author of Moonshot and Lightship: “As an author and illustrator I’m often pulled to subjects that would have appealed to my younger self – racecars, ships, and astronauts, for instance. What I love most about bookmaking is finding a way to share what I’ve learned with young readers." During the program, Floca shares one of his many “book dummies” and explains how it helps him envision his picture books before they are published.

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Meet the Author: Julia Heckathorn

Books by Julia Heckathorn are a child’s window into the natural world. The Search for the Hidden Clover series prompts children to read, engage, and think about exotic animals and environmental wonders. Ms. Heckathorn discusses her travels and conservation efforts, particularly the work she and her husband have done to save the pygmy sloth. Program highlights include a visit to her home to see Noche, the anteater; Boomeroo, the kangaroo; Larry, the cat; and the sugar gliders.

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Meet the Author: Katy Kelly

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database says “Whatever the age, or gender, Lucy Rose and her "excellent-O"’ and "brilliantine" adventures are guaranteed to make you laugh-out-loud.” During the program, author Katy Kelly talks about her inspirations for Lucy Rose and Melonhead. She describes how she uses a wall, lists, and spaces in her writing. 

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Meet the Author: Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Like so many educators, Natalie Dias Lorenzi, a Fairfax County Public Schools educator, walks the talk—writing for critical acclaim as well as fun. “I’ve been a reader most of my life, and have dreamed of being a writer ever since my 4th grade teacher treated me like one,” writes Lorenzi.  During the program, the author discusses her novel, Flying the Dragon, shares her insights about the writing process, and answers students' questions via Skype and telephone.

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Video on Demand

 

Resources for Educators

Additional programs are available in our Video on Demand Library. Registration is required to access the full video.

• Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

• Cultural Competence

• Flight School 5: On the Red Planet

• Meet the Author Series

• Mount Vernon Partnership Series

 

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning Website — This resource offers strategies for helping all students learn.

Cultural Competence Website — Educators learn how this important skill can close the achievement gap.

Classroom Activity Guides — Find background information and instructional ideas that complement archived programs.

Free DVDs — Our Flight School and Mount Vernon Partnership programs are available on DVD to educators.

iTunes — Some of our most popular programs are in our collection in the K-12 Education category. Visit us at iTunes U.

 


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