For Educators

Events for teachers and educators, and education students

"Mi Familia Calaca" Presentation with Cynthia Weill

Event date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:30pm

Celebrate the Day of The Dead with Cynthia Weill for the book launch of her latest bilingual children's book, Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family: A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish. Young readers learn basic information about relationships, while also celebrating the colorful tradition of Mexico's Day of the Dead.

A great event for teachers and librarians, there will be a short power point which will give a sense of how the skeleton is represented in Mexican popular art.  There will be a few photos too showing how the skeletons in My Skeleton Family were made.

Refreshments will be served.


Cynthia Weill holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College Columbia University. She is on the board of the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art which seeks to promote and preserve the artists and artisanal work of that Mexican state. La Familia is her fifth book featuring the folk art of Oaxaca.

Jesus Canseco Zarate is a young Oaxacan folk artist whose medium of choice is paper mâché. Jesus' long-limbed sculptures are a playful twist on traditional Mexican iconography of the skeleton that stretches back through the country's art history to José Gualdalupe Posada's engravings and Aztec sculpture. In 2008 he won first prize in the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art completion for young artists.

Jesus Canseco Zarate and Cynthia Weil
Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family: A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish Cover Image
By Cynthia Weill, Jesus Zarate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781935955504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - November 19th, 2013

"Dialectal Variations" with Karina Otoya-Knapp and Jamilla Lyiscott

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:20pm

Karina Otoya-Knapp, Ph.D., Graduate Faculty member at Bank Street College, and Jamila Lyiscott, doctoral student at Teachers College, lead a discussion about dialect, power and race.

Jamila will perform her urban spoken word poem, "Broken English", which heightens awareness about the dialectal variations of English in the United States. Together Karina and Jamila will discuss the implications of language diversity as it applies to New York City K-12 students, and guide the audience through a series of teaching exercises that raise questions about language, diversity and equity in urban schools.

This event is a repeat of the wonderful class given last Fall documented in the video below. Those who were lucky enough to be there last time, may just want to come back!

Inside the ABC of It: The Educator's and Librarian's Perspective

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:30pm

Goodnight Moon Room

This fall, the Bank Street College of Education will host three lively panel discussions moderated by Leonard Marcus, curator of “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” the critically acclaimed exhibition currently on view at The New York Public Library. 

Inside the ABC of It: The Educator's and Librarian's Perspective features panelists:

Susan Rabbiner, Assistant Director for Exhibitions, The New York Public Library
Nancy Larson Shapiro, former Director, Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Richard Lewis, Founder/Director, The Touchstone Center for Children
Jeanne Lamb, Coordinator, Youth Collections, The New York Public Library

More information about Inside the ABC of It: The Educator's and Librarian's Perspective here.

Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of AmericanChildren's Literature Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780395674079
Availability: Special Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 1st, 2008

Goodnight Moon Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060775858
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - January 23rd, 2007