The Department of Teacher Education in the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies conducts seminars in children’s literature that incorporate the study of classic and contemporary literature around the world. The program is designed to introduce students to children’s literature from around the world. Past programs have traveled to New Zealand, Iceland, Germany and Poland, Ireland and Wales. The 2013 program will be held in Brazil and will involve visits to Brazilian schools, meetings with Brazilian authors and illustrators of Children’s literature, and visits to some of Brazil’s most recognized cultural and natural landmarks. Tentative dates for the Brazil: International Children’s Literature program are December 27, 2012 – January 10, 2013.
CLASSES: Students can choose one of two classes for the program. Both classes are three credits.
ELED 408: Children’s Literature - Study of classic and contemporary literature for children. Emphasis on selecting and incorporating a wide variety of literature into the elementary and middle school curriculum. Technological and media resources are included.
REED 520: Literature for Children and Adolescents - Studies the works, topics and issues in literature written specifically for children and adolescents, with an emphasis on best practices in selecting and using authentic literature in a balanced instructional program. Especially pertinent to reading specialists in its K-12 perspective. For the purposes of this course, literature is defined broadly to encompass print, non-print and media sources of reading materials.
MEETINGS WITH AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Participants meet with authors/illustrators of children’s books and visit numerous museums dedicated to children’s literature and authors/illustrators. Many of the author/illustrator meetings are over lunch or dinner where participants have an opportunity to get to know the author/illustrator. During the Brazil program, students will meet authors Ana María Machado, Roger Mello, Otávio César Júnior
HOUSING: During the seminar, participants stay at tourist-class hotels or youth hostels at each location.
EXCURSIONS: The program arrives in Río de Janeiro for a series of meetings with authors and visits to schools throughout one of Brazil’s most emblematic cities. Students then explore Brazil’s natural and historical richness with travel to the National Park at Iguazu Falls and the Portuguese colonial city of Paraty on the Bay of Ilhe Grande.
COST: Estimated costs are $4200. Final costs for the 2013 International Children’s Literature Seminar are will be determined in fall 2012. The price includes international airfare, most land travel in the destination country, accommodations in hotels and hostels, some food costs, all tuition and fees, insurance, and extensive travel support by the faculty director.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: In addition to applying online, interested students should submit the following materials to the Program Director:
Once a student has been accepted by the Program Director the non-refundable deposit of $250 MUST BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH THE PAYMENT PAGE IN PERSON at the Cashier's Office.
Deadline to apply to the program and submit the deposit is September 27, 2012. Final date to withdraw from the program is September 27, 2012.