The Walls..This American Life



Once a wall is built, it becomes a fact on the landscape that can totally change the logic of the world around it. In the episode “The Walls,” we have stories about people at walls all over the globe. Fly around to visit the walls in each story. Listen to 641: “The Walls.”


Tools for Engaging with Culturally Diverse Books…You’re invited

You’re invited
“Tools for Engaging with Culturally Diverse Picture Books”
 3/19 6-7:30pm
Bates College Ladd Library
 (first floor just inside the main entrance)
Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or literacy volunteer, join us to expand your skills and comfort engaging with culturally diverse picture books.
Author and educator Margy Burns Knight will use a selection of Talking Walls illustrations and companion titles to introduce and demonstrate visual learning strategies (inspired by the 3-question protocol of Visual Thinking Strategies), a discussion-based approach including all four domains of language learning, and an effective tool across the curriculum. Participants will engage in the process of responding to an illustration by sharing what they see.
Dr. Krista Aronson and author-illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien will introduce the Diverse BookFinder, a circulating collection of contemporary picture books featuring people of color located at Ladd Library, and ways of accessing and utilizing the collection. They will also present an overview of how children learn about racial and cultural differences, why diverse picture books matter, and how they can support positive attitudes and relationships across differences.
The evening will conclude with a discussion on classroom applications for culturally diverse picture books.
Light refreshments will be served
Certificate of completion available on request
This event is sponsored by Bates College in collaboration with the Psychology and Education Department

Creating Communities opens at Children’s Museum in Portland

A brand new exhibit is making its way to the second floor of the Museum & Theatre! Creating Communities will be ready for exploration, interaction, and open to the public by Friday, February 16th, where it will feature many hands-on opportunities for families to play and learn together.

This exhibit is a space for families to learn about culture, make art, and become a part of the exhibit itself. Visitors will be invited to tie a ribbon to the community sculpture and to add their own artistic touch to the “never ending” drawing wall. Anne Sibley O-Brien and Margy Burns Knight, both a part of the book Talking Walls, have been consultants with this exhibit.

Visual Learning Strategies Are So Much Fun!

Happy 2018.  I continue my work in schools with my books and what I now call VLS.

I will present  the following workshop about Visual Learning Strategies at the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Conference on 3/26 at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine


Visual Learning Strategies Are So Much Fun!

Margy will introduce, demonstrate, and have participants practice Visual Learning Strategies. Inspired by the three question visual thinking strategies protocol, Margy will show how this discussion-based teaching and learning strategy not only includes all four domains of language learning, but is an effective tool across the curriculum. This workshop is designed for Grades K-8 and Adult Literacy.

A teacher and an author of illustrated non-fiction books, Margy Burns Knight has worked in classrooms all over the world. She is happiest when she can engage students and their teachers in great conversations.