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Eric Carle Museum

Children's Books in the Classroom

With all the buzz about the Common Core for ELA and its potential to impact curriculum in all content areas, STEM educators, as well as others interested in bringing ELA experiences into their classroom are invited to attend a special workshop offered by the Society of  Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators-New England. This program, From Creative Process to Curriculum Connections: Childrens Books in  the Classroom will be held on Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.  3:30  p.m. at the Erick Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

Registration is required ($25) by March 15. Bring a colleague and enjoy the opportunity to hear from accomplished panelists including faculty from Lesley University and published childrens authors. While not targeted specifically for STEM fields, the content is flexible enough to be useful to any educator looking to bring reading and writing into their classrooms.Topics include: Developing Curriculum  Connections for Fiction, Exploring Picture Book Biography, and Writers Research and Craft. Plan to leave inspired and with ideas you can use in your classroom.

The museum has ongoing Professional Development programs for educators. A few of the programs include The Eric Carle Tissue Paper Workshop and Bridging Art and Nature for Teachers and Parents Both programs are worth 4 PDPs.For more information on these and other workshops visit:
Professional development work through the Eric Carle Museum also offers the Simmon’s College MFA in Writing for Children. For more information about the Simmon's MFA program, visit

Enchanted Circle Theater
The Enchanted Circle Theater will be providing another year of arts integration in Holyoke, Northampton, and Fitchburg. Several programs are focused on family literary in partnerships withHomework HouseOne Book Holyoke, and the Treehouse Communities. ECT associated artist Jeremy Wheat will be teaching after-school hip-hop classes at K-8 schools. 
For more information on the Enchanted Circle Theater, visit the