September 13:Manhattanville College/Jacob Burns Film Center Literacy Symposium. From 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday Sept. 13, Manhattanville College will host its first collaborative literacy symposium with the Jacob Burns Film Center. The Age of Image: Media Education and Visual Literacy in Today's Classroom will feature the Burns Center founder Steve Apkon presenting the keynote drawn from his work at Burns and his book The Age of the Image. Workshops will follow designed and led by collaborative teams from the faculties of the Manhattanville Literacy Department and Jacob Burns Film Center. Bill is working with department chair Kristin Rainville for a workshop designed for early childhood. The symposium takes place in The Castle on Manhattanville's campus. Registration is on-line or at the event.
September 6: The Very Young Composers at Symphony Space. The New York Chamber Music Festival and the Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic present a benefit concert to aid children of the Middle East. 6 young composers in Jon Deak's Very Young Composers Program will be presenting their compositions at Symphony Space at 95th and Broadway on Saturday, September 6 at 2:00 PM. Bill will join Jon and the young composers to share a couple of folktales from the Middle East - one from the Islamic tradition and another from the Jewish. The concert will be conducted by Michael Adelson and features musicians from the New York Philharmonic and violinist Elmira Darvarova with special guest soprano Lucy Shelton. Donations encouraged.
August 7 -15: Innova Schools in Lima, Peru. Bill will be traveling down to Lima, Peru to observe first hand the Innova Schools that are using a blended learning model in the classrooms. While in Lima he will lead storytelling workshops for Innova faculty and staff and they will watch him in action with the students bringing his literacy building interactive storytelling into the classroom. With his observations Bill will return to NYC and consider what curriculum/program ideas he might offer to develop at the schools in the future.
July 26 - 27: Performances in Central Park and Katonah. On Saturday July 26th, at 11:00 AM in Central Park in front of the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Bill and Rita Auerbach will share an hour worth of stories. Rita will include Andersen's The Tinderbox in her set. Bill will tell the Chinese tale The Lace-Maker and the Emperor and a couple of other stories. FREE. Enter at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. On Sunday, July 27, Bill will be telling Icelandic Tales at the Katonah Museum for the opening celebration of their new show Iceland: Artists Respond to Place. One set of stories will focus on the Hidden People and other folktales of Iceland. The 2nd set will have the Saga of Ref the Clever as its inspiration.
July 21 - 25: JBFC's Summer Teachers' Institute. Bill is on the faculty of the Jacob Burns Film Center's Summer Teachers' Institute and will lead a 2 day workshop for early childhood educators entitled Seeing Stories Everywhere. In the workshop, we will explore stories and storytelling - telling them, filming them and finding them in the curriculum. We will explore ways to enliven the building of early literacy skills for our young students.
Oct. 4: Manhattanville Early Childhood Conference. Bill will lead a workshop on Using Music, Movement and Storytelling to Support Mathematics in the early childhood classroom at this year's conference. Manhattanville College is sponsoring its 5th annual early childhood conference on Saturday Oct 4th on campus in the Castle from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. It is entitled "Math, Science and the Common Core... Oh My!" and the keynote will be offered by Dr. Jacqueline Brennan Brooks.
Oct 5: Disney's "Bears" and Bill's Bear Stories. Following the screening of Disney's Bears at Noon on Sunday Oct. 5 at the Jacob Burns Film Center, the whole family will be treated to a short program of songs and stories about bears. Bill has selected a special group of folktales and songs celebrating the bear and as always will accompany himself on banjo. A Family Event.