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Then the year is over, and her job is done. But the plants will keep growing, uncurling their stems, stretching their leaves outward and showing their faces to the sun.
- Edith Pattou

Gift Days Book Launch

January 16, 2013

What: Launch of Gift Days and The Stamp Collector
When: January 25, 6-8pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, Toronto


25 Days of Giving: Day 8 Give Inspiration

December 13, 2012

“I’m going to university,” she sneered.
“How about YOU?”
It hit me like a linebacker slamming his opponent…
I am not going…
not going to…
university.
See, I’m in level four and only level five students can go to university.
I feel low.
As low as a teen’s hip hop jeans.
I am low.
The lower of the low.
But that’s not about to stop me.
No.
I resist. I persist. I insist…I have bigger hopes. Just like that ant that moves the rubber tree plant.
I stride down to the counselor’s office into the first door I see.
“Below average,” she says. You will stay in level four.”
Oh no.
No no.
They can’t stop me.
I storm into the second door.
“Your grades are low. You’ll stay in level four and go to college.”
They shackle me with their words.
“You’ll learn a trade like nursing or hairdressing.”
Oh no.
No no.
They can’t chain me.
Hairdressing? Shampooing heads and permanents?
Nursing? Dressing heads and residents?
No, no, not for me.
I am going to university. I need more from life. Then doubt sets in. Maybe they’re right.
But I have bigger hopes. Just like that tiger that paces in the zoo.
Into door number three.
“I want to go to university.”
“Okay, we’ll see,” said Mr. Donahue. “We’ll see what you can do. But you’d better try.”
I promise I’ll try.
So he gave me a chance.
He believed in me.
And I went to university.
And won a scholarship in my Ph.D.
Thank you,
Mr. Donahue.


21st-Century Literacy Workshop at NCTE, “Melding Home and School Literacies”

November 17, 2012

What: “You call that literacy? Melding home and school literacies to strengthen students’ writing and cultural awareness” workshop at National Council of Teachers of English annual convention
Who: Dr. Debra Harwood and Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters, of Brock University (St. Catherines, ON), and Lori Sherritt-Fleming and Anastasia Hendry (Vancouver, BC)
When: Saturday November 17, 2012, 8:00am
Where: Vista Ballroom Room 208, Level Two, MGM Grand Convention Center, Las Vegas

A child’s home life is intrinsically connected to their authorship and to their social worlds. In this interactive and hands-on workshop, four educators/literacy scholars/authors team up to demonstrate how multimodal out-of-school literacies have the potential to shape and enhance in-school writing programs. Specific genres of writing will be highlighted, including: poetry, recounts, narratives, and reports.

See this entry in the schedule, and also see the complete program.


Meet the Author & book signing at NCTE 2012

November 17, 2012

What: Presenting Gift Days at National Council of Teachers of English annual convention
When: Saturday November 17, 2012, 3-4:00pm
Where: MGM Grand Hotel Convention Center, booth #424, Las Vegas

See the complete Author Signing schedule at Google doc. Read more about the annual convention at ncte.org/annual.


Gift Days book launch

November 1, 2012

What: First launch of Gift Days.
When: Thursday Nov. 1, 4:pm, immediately following the Arts Matter Conference
Where: Hamilton Ontario, at Brock campus

You are invited to my book launch this Thursday, immediately following the Arts Matter Conference, from 4-5pm. There will be food, a read aloud of the book, and fun! Please see the above invite for all of the details. Everyone is welcome, especially children.


Presenting at 42nd Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators’ Conference

October 20, 2012

What: Presenting “From Pre-planning to Assessment: Designing Story Dramas for the 21st century”
When: Saturday, October 20, 10:45am
Where: Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston Ontario

Emphasis will be on creating story dramas with contemporary multimodal strategies (e.g., spoken word, garage band, digital newscasts) alongside traditional drama techniques (e.g., role play, tableaux, corridor of voices). Additionally, by using pre-texts that focus on current and relevant issues the presenters will address how to approach issues of equity and social justice in Ontario’s 21st century P/J classrooms.

See schedule and my workshop, or read about CODE.


Presenting: Word on the Street

September 23, 2012

What: Presenting Gift Days at Toronto’s annual Word on the Street festival
When: Sunday September 23, 2012, 12:50pm (see schedule)
Where: Queen’s Park, Toronto

Gift Days

Young Nassali longs to learn to read and write like her brother, Baaba. But since her mother’s death, Nassali is responsible for looking after her younger siblings and running the household. There is no time for books and learning. Then one day, she wakes up to discover that her chores have been taken care of. It is her first gift day. From that day on, once a week, Baaba gives Nassali the gift of time so that she can pursue her dream of an education, just as her mother would have wanted.

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.

There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

See more at thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto/author/kari-lynn-winters, or read about Gift Days.


At the CNE

August 18, 2012

What: Performance at the the Blue Spruce 10th Anniversary Exhibit
When: Saturday, August 18 & August 31
Where: Booth 711, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion, Exhibition Grounds, Toronto

The Canadian National Exhibition returns to Toronto from August 17 to September 3, the last gasp of summer before school starts. This year the Ontario Library Association has partnered with the CNE to present an exhibit of Canadian illustrators’ work from books nominated for the Blue Spruce Reading Program which is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. You’ll see works by Bill Slavin, Sean Cassidy, Wallace Edwards, Chrissie Wysotski, Barbara Reid, Bruno St-Aubin, Stéphane Jorisch, Jeremy Tankard, Ashley Spires, and Rachel Berman among others. Kari-Lynn Winters says she’s bringing puppets, hats and stories! (description from canlitforlittlecanadians.blogspot.ca/2012/08/blue-spruce-10th-anniversary-exhibit-at.html)

Also advertised in the Orca Blog. See daily schedule at www.theex.com/plan-your-visit/cne-daily-calendar.


International Drama in Education Research Institute

July 11, 2012


What: Presenting at the Seventh IDiERI Conference
When: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 5:30pm
Where: Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland (Room 2)

“Students and Instructors as Co-Authors in Drama Classrooms: Re-imagining Borders and Boundaries of Knowledge Generation and Ownership”

Presented by Debra McLauchlan and Kari Lynn Winters, Brock University, Canada

The International Drama in Education Research Institute is the pre-eminent drama education research conference held triennially in centres of excellence for drama education throughout the world. Six previous conferences have been held in Brisbane, Australia (1995), Canada (1997), the USA (2000), England (2003) and Jamaica (2006). The conference focuses on developing the research tradition and broadening the discourse of the drama education community.

See full program at idieri2012.org.


Canadian Society for the Study of Education

May 27, 2012

What: “We Need More Time For the Arts!” Addressing the Gaps in a Teacher Education Program”
Who: Presented by Kari-Lynn Winters, Peter Vietgen, and Shelley Griffin of Brock University
When: Sunday May 27, 3:pm
Where: Wilfrid Laurier University

The CSSE Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme for the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World. This bilingual conference provides an opportunity for the discussion of educational issues among educational scholars from across the nation.


TD Children’s Book Week

May 12, 2012

What: “Meet Author Kari-Lynn Winters”
When: Saturday, May 12, 10:15-11:05am
Where: 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, Ontario

TD Celebrate Children’s Book Week – Read a Book, Share a Story

Let’s tell, clap, tap and act out some stories with Kari-Lynn Winters as we celebrate Children’s Book Week. This 50 minute interactive presentation is both educational and full of fun. Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

This program is for pre-school age to grade two. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to this program. See library events page and this event listing.


Booktopia: West Vancouver Children’s Literature Festival

May 5, 2012

What: I’ll be leading three workshops at Booktopia; see booktopia.ca.
When: May 5 and 7, 2012
Where: West Vancouver Memorial Library

Moving with Math and Literacy: It’s aRHYTHMetic!

Saturday, May 5 @ 11:30 am-12:20 pm,  Ages 4-7
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall

In this interactive workshop, students will use storytelling, movement, improvisation, puppets, as well as Kari-Lynn’s books, aRHYTHMetic and Count Us In (co-written with Tiffany Stone and Lori Sherritt-Fleming), in order to create deeper understandings about math and literacy. This workshop is full of giggles, reading activities, and math concepts.  It offers dynamic and embodied strategies to bring books to life for young readers and writers.

When the Wild Things Visit Storytown

Saturday, May 5 @ 1:30-2:20 pm, Ages 4-7
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall

What happens when the Wild Things start tearing up Storytown? Move like Wild Things, then participate in a town interview where students become important townspeople, and devise a range of ways to capture the Wild Things and convince them to stop destroying property. Students learn about reading comprehension through movement, active storytelling and oral presentations. This workshop is based on the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Move Beyond Writer’s Block: Get Inside the Story

Monday, May 7 @ 4:00-5:00 pm, Ages 8-12
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Storyhouse

What happens when Jeffrey gets carried away and starts to make Sloth do any number of things? Put yourself inside Kari-Lynn’ picture book story, Jeffrey and Sloth in order to connect to, predict, engage with, and infer the meanings it contains. Use role play to become a sloth, art to draw a new ending, or music to create a chamber of whispers and sounds. Participate in an imagined court case, and devise a myriad of artful ways to get these characters to stop being so controlling. Active storytelling, movement, songs, puppets, and oral presentations make this workshop a hit with students!


Look for me at Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, NY

January 26, 2012

What: I’ll be attending and meeting with fellow authors, my agent, and editors at the SCBWI Winter Conference
When: January 27-29
Where: Grand Hyatt, New York City

I’ll be at the summer SCBWI conference in Los Angeles in August, as well.


Trailer for Runaway Alphabet

January 20, 2012

My friend Janis Roughley made a nice video preview of my book Runaway Alphabet. You can watch it by clicking on the YouTube video link below.


Presentation at NCTE Annual Convention, Chicago

November 18, 2011

What: Workshop: There Is Enough Time in the Day! How “Art-ful” Educators Maximize Meaning Making across the Curriculum.
When: Friday November 18, 11:am-12:15pm
Where: Chicago Hilton / Palmer House, Salon Three, 3rd floor

Join kc dyer, Lee Edward Fodi, Lori Sherritt-Fleming, and myself as we give an interactive demonstration. We show how educators can successfully encourage students to connect ‘artfully’ to cross-curricular outcomes so that teaching literacy is not a separate experience, but rather an assemblage, taught through all subject areas. Quick and easy visual art, drama, dance, and music activities model how an ‘art-full’ day can build a more literate classroom. Writing Levels: Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8).

Information about the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention is available at ncte.org/store/2011-annual-convention; see also the events listings or download Lee’s poster.




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