Friday, April 10, 2009

My favorite "BOOKS" for "Book CLubs for Teachers!"

Liliana, Misti, Laurel

From Boomers to Bloggers:Success Strategies Across Generations by Misti Bermeister (A powerful, inspiring, action-oriented keynote speaker! Check out her blog at

1089 Nights
by Ann Von Lossberg (a friend of mine!)

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley

Insights On Life and Love by Salvatore Bernocco
(BTW, I love Italian poetry and I know the author!)

Can you recommend an excellent book to read about traveling and teaching abroad?

My favorite quotes:

"The caterpillar thought its life was over, until it turned into a Butterfly." ~Laura

"The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?" -Mike Ditka

"I can't really make you do anything. I can only make you wish you had." -Stephen Ambrose in A Band of Brothers

"Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine." -Old English Proverb

"For those that say it's impossible, don't disturb the one that's doing it." -unkmown

"Rosa sat so Martin could walk.
Martin walked so Obama could run.
Obama runs so our children can fly." -unknown

“Before you criticize someone else, try walking a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.” - unknown to me

"A traveler without knowledge is like a bird without wings." -- Mushariff-Ud-Din, 1184-1291

“You are not judged by the height you have climbed, but by the depths from which you have risen.” Frederick Douglass

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." – Plato

"Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

"Children are like Butterflies
If you hold their wings…you sufficate them—
If you let them go…they will soar to new horizons!" ~Laura

"Learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history." -Carl Rowan

Collaborating Together!

Autumn Smith, 5th grader teacher, Laurel Conran, and Ellen Giles, School Board Member, attends the FIRN (Foreign-information Referral Network) ASA (American Success Award) dinner!

Articles written by Laurel Conran


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Spring 2008 Teaching Burmese Refugees
Summer 2008 Language Experience
Fall 2008 Studying and Teaching Abroad in Calabria
Winter 2009 The Write Way
Spring 2009 It Takes a Community to Teach Our Children
Fall 2009 The Language of Soccer
Spring 2009 Co-Teaching Reading

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Fall 2009 Connecting Families to Communities

Sunday, March 1, 2009

OutREACHING to the Community!

First experience cutting out pumpkin faces and getting ready for the Chin Festival!!!! Come and join us at Bethel Assembly of God in Savage on Saturday starting at 3:00. Young-chan Han from the MSDE and I will be at their church Friday night to talk about parent involvement, resources in this community and family literacy!!!October 29, 2009 at 9:50pm

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Martha, Leslie, Stephanie, Laurel, Young