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A community of teachers building “Voices on the Gulf” – TTT 212 – 08.04.10

As you will hear on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, we are very excited about the new website, http://voicesonthegulf.org ! On this podcast we are joined by:

We are putting together a team to help us to develop this site — and fast. We’ve set up the following Community Managers:

David Pulling (Louisiana) – Site Manager
Paul Allison (New York) – Site Manager

Catherine Tibbs (Mississippi) – Art and Humanities
Ellen Steigman (Louisiana) – Art and Humanities
Susan Ettenheim (New York) – Art and Humanities

Paige Baggett (Alabama) – Community and Culture
Suzie Boss (Oregon) – Community and Culture

Jeff Mason (Florida) – Health and Wellness
Andrea Zellner (Michigan) – Health and Wellness

Natasha Whitton (Louisiana) – Money and Careers
Chris Sloan (Utah) – Money and Careers

Alicia Blair (Mississippi) – Nature and the Environment
Matt Montagne (California) – Nature and the Environment

Kyle Meador (Louisiana) – Social Issues and Human Rights
Diana Laufenberg (Pennsylvania) – Social Issues and Human Rights

Stacey Ferguson (Mississippi) – Our Space (K-6)
Margaret Simon (Louisiana) – Our Space (K-6)
Gail Desler (California) –  Our Space (K-6)
Kevin Hodgson (Massachusetts) – Our Space (K-6)

Along with this growing group of National Writing Project teachers, teachers from along the Gulf Coast, teachers in Edutopia’s pblcmp, AND/OR teachers involved with the EdTechTalk/WorldBridges community, we have been organizing (and working with Bill Fitzgerald at FunnyMonkey) to build this site that will do the following:

  1. Provide a place where we can collect, amplify, and engage the poems, stories, and essays that students along the Gulf Coast bring to their teachers this month, as schools open.
  2. Layer these stories, poems, and essays with online sources, including news releases and poetry (such as the poems on Poets for Living Waters).
  3. We don’t know yet! Many of us have been working for some time on building a site like Voices on the Gulf, and we have some idea what directions this will take, AND we want to allow the discussions on the site to help us know how to develop.

The most important item, above is #1 – we are working as fast and hard as possible to get the site out to teachers, and for it to be easy to use. If you would like to add a poem, thought, or anything, please sign up, then once you’ve been made into a member, you’ll see the Add Discussion button. Please go in and write a brief reflection, add  photo, a video, or almost anything — just to see how easy it is to do. AGAIN, THANKS!

Students have been coming back the past couple of weeks in many Gulf Coast schools. A lot of our connections with teachers on the Gulf have happened this summer on a live webcast that we do every Wednesday evening. You may have already been on the show. We would love it if you would come back. We’ve been able to make a lot of invaluable connections. You can see what we mean here: http://edtechtalk.com/teachersteachingteachers

We would love to invite you to join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 8:00 p.m. Central / 9:00 p.m. Eastern. If you use Skype, please email Paul Allison or Susan Ettenheim and let us know your Skype name (again)— just helps us to know who to look for! We hope that you will be able to join us soon on a Wednesday evening.

Go to EdTechTalk to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.