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Andrew Medlar's picture

Online Board Meeting: WGBH Letter of Support

Greetings, everyone!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item is to respond to a request we have received from WGBH for a letter of support for an Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) grant from the National Science Foundation (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793) on behalf of their preschool science series, Peep and the Big Wide World (http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/about/#act-0).

ALSC has lent support support to the series in the past and I see potential alignments between the request and our media mentorship and Building STEAM with Día efforts. WGBH includes recommended books to go along with each science concept they promote and we would request that they add a message encouraging the use of local libraries for accessing related materials.

Please note:

  • The proposed project is entitled Bringing Science Home with Peep. It will be a mobile-accessible, digital media research and development project targeting diverse, low-income 3- to 5-year-old children and their parents—specifically, those at-risk families participating in recognized home visitor programs.
  • Goals of the project are to a) foster constructive joint media engagement and hands-on science exploration among families, b) build the capacity of home visitors in educational STEM content, and c) more broadly disseminate the ultimate resources—of value to all parents of preschoolers—via national and regional parent engagement organizations.
  • During the first two years of the project, WGBH and researchers from the Education Development Center will work through multiple cycles of implementation, research, and revision to create the Peep and the Big Wide World Family Engagement Toolkit. This Toolkit, available in both English and Spanish, will include modifications of existing Peep assets, plus new animations, live-action videos, hands-on activities, and mobile apps, accompanied by professional development for home educators.
  • WGBH asks ALSC to:
    • (Staff) follow the development and research phases via periodic emails or annual webinars in Years 1 & 2; and,
    • Commit to sharing news about the new free, bilingual resources to their networks via a variety of communication tools (listservs, e-newsletters, social media, etc.)

Here is the timeline for our meeting:

  • Preliminary Discussion: Now through Tuesday, October 20 (3:00 p.m. Central)
  • Entertain a Motion: Tuesday, October 20 (3:00 p.m. Central) to Wednesday, October 21
  • Final Discussion: Beginning with seconded motion (if any) to Thursday, October 22 (4:30 p.m. Central)
  • Vote, if seconded motion: Thursday, October 22 (4:30 p.m. Central) through Saturday, October 24 (4:30 p.m. Central)

In order to establish quorum for this online meeting, I would like to ask everyone to please indicate at this time that you are “present” and then discussion may begin. I will look to call for a motion on Tuesday.

Thank you!

Andrew

Vicky Smith's picture

Present.
---Vicky SmithChildren's & Teen Editor, Kirkus ReviewsKIRKUS MEDIA LLCoffice: 207.671.6846vsmith@kirkus.com
108 Stillman St.South Portland, ME 04106

Diane Foote's picture

Present

Diane Foote
Assistant Dean & Curator, Butler Children's Literature Center
Dominican University GSLIS
dfoote@dom.edu, 708-524-6054
http://www.dom.edu/gslis

Jenna Nemec-Loise's picture

Present!
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Jenna Nemec-Loise
Division Councilor
Association for Library Service to Children

 

Mary Voors's picture

Present.

Elizabeth Orsburn's picture

Present and ready for discussion of the WBGH request.Betsy Orsburn

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Christine Caputo's picture

Present.

Christine Caputo

Gretchen Caserotti's picture

Present

Ellen Riordan's picture

Present

Megan Schliesman's picture

Present

Doris Gebel's picture

Returning from a sucessful 11th IBBY Regional Conference and ready to get down to ALSC business.

 

Doris Gebel

 

Andrew Medlar's picture

Thanks, all! Any discussion?

 
Kay Weisman's picture

Well, I am certainly no expert, but this looks like an exciting program. I have not seen the television program, but I downloaded several of the apps and think they are pretty good.  The National Science Foundation and WGBH are certainly reputable organizations.
I agree that a letter of support could dovetail nicely with promoting ALSC's own White Paper.

Kay

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Kay Weisman

Vicky Smith's picture

I have no brief against WGBH, but what does a letter of support entail? Is it effectively an endorsement, or does it commit us to anything beyond crafting the letter? Sorry to be a dummy about this....
Vicky SmithChildren's & Teen EditorKirkus Reviews108 Stillman St.South Portland, ME 04106Phone: (207) 671-6846

Andrew Medlar's picture

Not at all, Vicky--that's an exceedingly relevant question!

It is an endorsement, yes, and also a commitment that the ALSC office staff will follow the progress of the project in its first two years of development in order to then, in the project’s third year, share information about it with our members so that we can all benefit from the free bilingual resources that WGBH’s produces based on their research and development. So, basically, we'd be committing to spreading the word of the work to our network of members.

Andrew

 
Kay Weisman's picture

And how does the ALSC office staff feel about this additional work for them?

Kay Weisman

Gretchen Caserotti's picture

Yeah, the work expressed in this request seems pretty nominal, but I'd feel more confident if I knew ALSC staff opinion on taking on the workload. Other than that it seems like something worth getting on board with.

Gretchen Caserotti's picture

and if that answer is yes then i'd be happy to make a motion

Andrew Medlar's picture

I'm very glad this important consideration has been raised. I know it's a busy day at ALSC & ALA with the division Presidents-Elect in town for orientation, so I'd like to ask Aimee to share her assessment of the staff impact of this when she's able today.

Andrew

 
Aimee Strittmatter-IL (staff)'s picture

Hello, all:

There are no reservations regarding staff time for this project.  It's a low-impact request and we've had a good working relationship with the organization in the past. Very credible, professional and responsible.

Best,

Aimee

Aimee Strittmatter
ALSC Executive Director

Mary Voors's picture

I have not seen the television program either, but looking through their website, I was particularly taken with the Educator's segment. Each theme includes "Read and Discuss" sections which utilize often classic picture books. It might be interesting for ALSC to offer to supplement these sections with additional books.

Andrew Medlar's picture

I'm happy to entertain any motions through Wednesday.

Thanks,

Andrew

 
Doris Gebel's picture

I thought I sent this comment the other day-but my thought was that the project is in line with our strategic goals and since the Disney Grant fosters learning for school-aged children, this project brings attention to preschoolers. That said and following up on Vicki's comment-does a letter imply anything more than an endorsement and if so, do we need to investigate more thoroughly the details of the project?

 

Doris Gebel

 

Elizabeth Orsburn's picture

With Aimee's assurance that this will not impact the ALSC staff negatively, I move that ALSC agree to this request from WGBH and write a letter of support for this special NSF funded STEM preschool program/ project.