February 21, 2012
This afternoon Families and Work Institute hosted the webinar Using Social Media to Promote the Work of Learning Communities.
Beth Quist from the Working Family Resource Center shared her experiences and challenges using webinars, her organization's website, and Facebook. Susan MacKay from Opal Charter School shared how the school's blog has been used by teachers and parents. Morra Aarons Mele gave us great background information on the use of social media among parents, examples of thriving online communities and outlined 6 characteristics of successful online communities. They are:
A clean, well-lighted space
Rules of play
An element of self-selection
We'd love to hear from those of you who participated in the webinar. How are you using social media in your community? What are you excited about? What are your concerns? Are there topics about which you want more information or advice?
A replay of the webinar is now available.
February 14, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
To Register, Use this Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=a8mcdo8ggqqe
Participant dial-in: 800 892 9785
Facebook, Twitter, blogs, webinars, RSS feeds, list serves, email alerts – the list of social media tools available to us is always expanding. As educators, community advocates, policy makers, caregivers, and social service partners committed to high quality educational and life experiences for children the question becomes how to use these tools to further our work. We have changed how we provide information to educators, families, and the general public. Social media tools have made it easier to reach more people, more quickly, and more often. A central part of the Mind in the Making work at the Families and Work Institute has been to support the creation and implementation of Learning Communities – educators, caregivers, families, community partners – coming together to learn with and from each other about how to support children’s development of essential life skills. Some of those efforts are using social media. In this webinar we will look at the use of social media to support learning communities. How can digital tools help parents and educators connect and learn from each other? What's the secret to moving beyond one way information outreach to building a true information exchange community online?
Featured Speakers include:
Beth Quist from the Working Family Resource Center (workingfam.org) and Susan MacKay from the Portland Children's Museum (http://www.portlandcm.org/) who will share how they have integrated a digital strategy into each of their Mind in the Making Learning Communities.
Morra Aarons-Mele, founder and CEO of Women Online (www.wearewomenonline.com), will discuss best practices in building strong social media communities. Through examples from several fields, Morra will share the 6 characteristics of good online communities.
Moderator: Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols, Senior Director of Education, Families, and Communities at the Families and Work Institute (www.mindinthemaking.org).
February 10, 2012
Ellen is a fearless leader and advocate for children, child care, parents, and child development. She is a tireless author and speaker who is prolific and has managed to elevate attention to child care, work and family life in national media.
She uses traditional media as well as social media, blogging on many platforms to capture the interest of audiences of all ages. Ellen's leadership is inspirational, and collaborative. She is always willing to give of her time in order to inspire.
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January 25, 2012
Julie A. Riess, Ph.D., is the Senior Advisor on Child Development and Education at Families and Work Institute. She is a developmental psychologist and the director of the Wimpfheimer Nursery School at Vassar College.
This article was originally published in the Poughkeepsie Journal by Gannett Publications on January 22, 2012.
Two years ago, my son started a “365” project. He wanted to improve his skills as a photographer and made a pledge to himself to take at least one picture a day for the calendar year. On New Year’s Eve, 2010, we watched them as a slide show on our TV. We had had many sneak previews, including following along on his Facebook photo album. Yet the whole show, a year in pictures, was poignant in a new way.
There were some obvious things that made us smile, such as family blowing out birthday cake candles or the annual posed picture at our family’s summer vacation spot. Surprisingly, the more salient photos for me were the unexpected moments in daily life. There was the light switch in a darkened room at 11:59 p.m. (determination to keep the project afloat on a day he forgot to take a picture). There was the half full glass of water on a nightstand, from when he was sick in bed. There was a photo of a train window and another of car tail lights, as he traveled to interviews for graduate school.
Research on children’s memories, including interviews with children, often highlight the snapshots of our daily lives more than the center stage events. Memorable moments come in all shapes and sizes, yet the details sometimes tell the story better than the canvas. It isn’t as much about the trip to Disney World as discovering the little chocolate on a hotel pillow. It isn’t as much about a new bicycle as the moment a parent let go and you didn’t fall.read more
January 19, 2012
Update: The segment on 24-7 child care has been postponed. Check back here for updates on an air date.