Five College Consortium

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Doors to the World 2016 Professional Development for Holyoke and Springfield Educators

To apply, complete application form below by June 20, 2016.

The Doors to the World Professional Development for Holyoke and Springfield Educators, 2016-17, will offer PreK-3 teachers and librarians the opportunity to:

  • explore diversity and representation in global and multicultural children's literature, with a focus on Puerto Rican and other Latino cultures,
  • create resources to integrate global picture books and other materials into classroom teaching,
  • share teaching materials with colleagues in the Holyoke and/or Springfield district and on the Doors to the World website.

Full-time PreK-3 teachers and librarians from project-affiliated schools are eligible to apply: Kelly, Lawrence, and Metcalf schools in Holyoke, and Dorman and Gerena schools in Springfield.

The summer institute will be held July 11-15, 2016, with a required final presentation session on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Follow-up work in your classroom during the 2016-17 school year will be expected. 

Priority application deadline: June 20, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by June 27.

Hours: 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily July 11-15, and 9:30 am-12:30 pm on July 23

Location: Hampshire College and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA 01002

The institute is free of charge. Lunch, refreshments and materials will be provided and you may receive up to 40 PDP-eligible hours. In addition, a $500 stipend will be provided upon completion and submission of your final product.

To apply, please complete and submit the form below. In response to the questions with larger text boxes, you may write in either paragraph or short bullet-point form. Questions?  Contact Marla Solomon.

Please provide the number at which you are most easily reached.