Los Angeles Professional Development Workshop for Educators (HS and MS), Claremont McKenna College (Pickford Auditorium), Saturday, 23. February 2019

Please join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for a FREE professional development opportunity for middle school and high school educators. 
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is excited to partner with Ms. Ruta Sepetys, the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray; and Mr. Marius Markevicius, director of Ashes in the Snow, as well as Penguin Young Readers to deliver a workshop to assist educators in teaching about the Baltic deportations through the incorporation of the novel and film.
Ashes in the Snow, the movie adaptation of the bestselling YA novel Between Shades of Gray, is now showing in select theaters (click here for the trailer) and streaming on iTunes.
You are invited to a screening of the movie, a conversation with Ruta, and a workshop focused on how you can use the movie and book with your students to illustrate the historical significance of the Lithuanian deportation during WWII and how it relates to current events. This workshop will be particularly interesting to educators (and others) who engage and work with immigrant communities.
Based on the successful approach of its National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators (registration is now open, but hurry as space is limited!), the workshop provides content knowledge, pedagogic support, and peer-to-peer sharing to empower teachers in their classroom.

The workshop agenda includes:
* Welcome
* Screening of Ashes in the Snow
* Q&A with Ms. Sepetys
* Workshop on Baltic Deportations led by Dr. Bessette
* Workshop on Between Shades of Gray and Ashes in the Snow as tools for teaching about the Deportations led by Dr. Bessette
* Thank you

About Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and more than forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels, Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easyare both New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over forty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television.
Ruta is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Born in Michigan, she was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She was recently bestowed the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania for her contributions to education and memory preservation. She is intensely proud to be Lithuanian, even if that means she has a name no one can pronounce.

Saturday, 23. February 2019, Claremont McKenna College (Pickford Auditorium), Los Angeles Professional Development Workshop for Educators (HS and MS)

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