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Global Village Book Talk Group for Children and Teachers

child paintingThe Hollingworth Center maintains a pivotal role in nurturing the global understanding and leadership potential of all children.  Toward this end, the Global Village Book Talk Group fosters a deeper cultural appreciation of the approximately 100 eight-, nine-, and ten-year-old students who participate.  The children and teachers of the Group are drawn from six different schools:  four schools in the greater New York metropolitan area and two schools overseas.  The local schools include a Muslim elementary school in New Jersey, an Orthodox Jewish day school in Manhattan, a public school in Harlem, and a suburban school in Connecticut.  The two schools oversea include a public school in a villgage on the West Bank of Israel and a private shcool in Karachi, Pakistan.  Through this project, the children read and respond to selected multicultural picture books.  Their work is shared digitally through a gallery show at Teachers College.  As a culminating event, the children from the four local schools meet at Teachers College for a day to participate in a Book Talk, a Poetry Reding Festival, and a community art project.  Graduate students assist in the facilitation of this project.