Engagement Projects

I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Engagement Projects | Comments Off on I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

View & Download I’m New Here: Creating a Conversation About Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees: A Classroom or Community Event Kit Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity....

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I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Ages 07 and up, Author / Illustrator Research, Engagement Projects | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

By Anne Sibley O’Brien While the book trailer remains a popular way to promote picture books, Kirsten Cappy and I wanted to create a video that might matter to the mission of my picture book, I’m New Here.  Could we model conversations with elementary school children on the universality of “feeling new” and on simple ways to be “welcoming”? It was such a pleasure to do this project with Fred Okot Ben, a young videographer whose work is mostly in music videos. Fred’s qualifications for this project include his own history; his Sudanese family came to...

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I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Engagement Projects, Events & Programs, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a 2013 Portland, Maine community-wide read and series of public events designed to promote a sense of community among the diverse people who make the port city their home. READ the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Narrative Report Want to hold your own community-wide read of New Arrival Children’s Literature? Explore book options and contact...

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Teaching Tolerance on Contemporary Immigration

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Engagement Projects | Comments Off on Teaching Tolerance on Contemporary Immigration

Teaching Tolerance on Contemporary Immigration

How is immigration taught in American classrooms today? Many of us are familiar with lesson plans of Ellis Island but while Ellis Island is an integral part to American history, it does not reflect the experience or demographic of immigrants coming to the United States in 2013. Additionally, with so much in the news about illegal immigrants and the debates in Congress, how do teachers approach this subject? Recently, the organization Teaching Tolerance launched a new series that seeks to address these questions, creating lesson plans that focus on contemporary immigration in the United...

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New Teaching Resource for My Friend Jamal

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Engagement Projects | Comments Off on New Teaching Resource for My Friend Jamal

New Teaching Resource for My Friend Jamal

We’re already thrilled with Anna McQuinn’s My Friend Jamal, a terrific children’s book about a multicultural friendship between two boys, one of Somali ancestry and the other of Polish ancestry. Celebrating commonalities rather than differences, it is the perfect addition to our list of I’m Your Neighbor books. We were especially thrilled to find this new teaching resource from Alanna Books, the UK publisher of My Friend Jamal. The resource links readers to definitions, resources and factual information behind the story. Teachers, parents and students can learn...

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Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Cambodian American, Engagement Projects, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

This weekend, Cambodians Americans in Maine and Cambodians around the world, celebrate the New Year. In celebration of that holiday, third and forth graders from Canal School in Westbrook, Maine joined Peaks Island, Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien to listen to a reading from O’Brien’s book about Cambodians Americans, A Path of Stars. Together they created greeting cards with “Happy New Year” written in Khmer, the language of Cambodia, and hand-drawn lotus blossoms for the Buddhist temple in Buxton, Maine. Canal School librarian, Susan Brown invited Anne Sibley O’Brien to...

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