Fred Mindlin has a passion for digital storytelling. He taught 3rd and 4th grade for a dozen years, first as a bilingual/multicultural specialist and then as one of the original teachers with Alianza Charter School's two-way immersion program. He spent the last seven years of his public school teaching career as a technology integration trainer and administrator. He now serves as Associate Director for Technology Integration with the Central California Writing Project (CCWP) and consults with schools and non-profit organizations on digital storytelling, teaching authentic writing about social justice and personal memoir. He is also a web designer and arts education activist, and serves on the board of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council and as Vice President of the Santa Cruz Cultural Council’s Associates.
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!