This new e-newsletter from the NAA Foundation is designed to provide you with timely information about our young-reader and diversity initiatives. Watch your in box for regular updates about Foundation programs and products - research reports, curriculum guides, case studies, grants, training and more. You also can read Foundation Update on our blog.
Join Our NIE and Youth Editorial E-forums
The Foundation offers e-forums for Newspaper In Education professionals and youth editors. Both e-forums operate as part of NAA Community, a social network that lets users interact in a variety of ways.
Pressed for time and just want the e-forums? Simply register for NAA Community and participate through your personal e-mail system. Once you're registered, e-forum messages come straight to your in box, where you can read and respond. However, note that signing into Community allows you to share and download files, check the e-forum archives for past posts on multiple topics, read the Foundation blog and see what's in our photo gallery.
"The Foundation's forum for NIE has been a true go-to source for information about our industry," says Dana Plewka, educational services manager for The Denver Post. "This ‘old grey mare' had some difficulties getting through the learning curve, but now I can truly appreciate the robust features that the forum can offer, such as file sharing, blogs and the photo gallery. The ability to search past topics is a gold mine of ideas and support."
Note These Dates
Nov. 30, Youth Content Contest deadline: This contest recognizes original stories, artwork and photographs by students ages 13 and up who work with their local professional newspapers to produce youth content.
March 1, Young Reader Awards deadline: Designed to recognize, showcase and disseminate new and noteworthy ideas in NIE and YEA programs, this contest features seven award categories. U.S., Canadian and international newspapers and newspaper associations are eligible to enter. Winners receive travel stipends to attend the Young Reader Conference.
March 1-5, NIE Week 2010: As always, the Foundation will provide a free teacher's guide for this annual celebration of NIE. The 2010 guide will include lesson plans linked to national learning standards on financial literacy, nutrition, environment, character education and information technology. Each of the five units will contain lessons for three levels: grades three to five, grades six to eight and grades nine to 12. Teachers will be able to use all five lessons or just one. The guide, written by Hollister Kids, will be ready for download in early January.
May 6-8, Young Reader Conference: A full slate of programming for NIE and youth editorial professionals will be offered at the conference facility next door to the Foundation's office in Arlington, Va. Sessions will begin on Thursday afternoon and end at noon Saturday. The emphasis will be on new media technology as teaching tools, U.S. Department of Education trends and how to implement and lead change in young-reader programs.
Watch our Web site for details about these and other events.