Education Notes


August 05, 2007

Annapolis teacher attends national C-SPAN event

An Annapolis teacher is one of 25 educators from across the nation who attended a C-SPAN Classroom Campaign 2008 Educators' Conference in Washington last week.

Laura Pinto, an eighth-grade U.S. history and government teacher at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, got a chance to hear how other teachers incorporate the round-the-clock news and government cable station into their teaching. The conference also helped participants to develop strategies for teaching about the coming election.

Pinto was chosen for her essay explaining how she planned to share with other educators what she learned at the conference.

"We want to meet the early demand from teachers to include timely, primary sources on the next presidential election," said Joanne Wheeler, vice president of education relations at C-SPAN.

Severna Park student named to honor society

Jennifer A. Bunch of Severna Park was one of 150 Marymount University students recently inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society.

Bunch is pursuing a bachelor's degree in interior design.

Donors, volunteers sought to help needy students

The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services and the Board of Education will hold a back-to-school program from Aug. 13 to Aug. 17. Donors are being sought to help low-income families in local elementary schools. Donors will be sent information for children and a list of needed supplies for the school year.

Volunteers are also needed for data entry.

Information: 410-269-4462, or Programs.

Portraits, exhibits part of St. John's College event

Traditional portraits and experimental self-portraits are on exhibit in the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College in a collection called The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits. The works are on view from Aug. 25 to Oct. 21.

The opening reception Sept. 16 is to feature a tour of the exhibit, to be followed by a hands-on workshop with art educator Lucinda Edinberg from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The works, from the Syracuse University art collection, reveal 50 individuals, including James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Charlie Chaplin, Ansel Adams, C.S. Lewis, and Pablo Casals. The show includes works in various media by Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Leonard Baskin, Edward Steichen, Norman Rockwell and Anders Zorn.

The exhibition is curated by David L. Prince, associate director and curator of the Syracuse University Art Galleries.

"There are stories behind each of these works. I find it's less about the birth date and death date of the artist, more about the times, their lives, the context in which they worked," said Prince, who will be giving a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Mitchell Gallery.

Arnold teen to take part in pageant Aug. 17

Kim Walter of Arnold was recently selected to participate in National Inc.'s 2007 Miss Teen Baltimore pageant that is to be held Aug. 17. She will compete in modeling routines and interview with the judges. The pageant winner will head to the Cities of America National Competition in Orlando, Fla.

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