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KIDS FIRST! NEWS 2004
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time


 


KIDS FIRST!® NEWS 2004
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time
March 5, 2004 Issue #2
Christine L. Pollock, Editor
Ranny Levy, Publisher [email protected]

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
1. Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
Readers’ Comments
2. New Endorsements
3. Media News
4. Family and Parenting News
5. Something For Everyone by Christine L. Pollock
6. Is Mel’s Passion Four Kids? by Ranny Levy
8. Member News
* Permission to forward or reprint the content herein is granted with
complete attribution

Welcome to KIDS FIRST!® NEWS. All articles are by Coalition for
Quality Children's Media unless otherwise noted.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." Samuel Johnson

Dear Readers,
March came in like a lion in Santa Fe, with snowstorms almost every day. I hope this means that we will go out like a lamb because we, like most of you, have had a long cold winter. Even with that, our KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festivals have been going fabulously and I thank everyone who’s written us about their experiences. We listen to you, your suggestions for improvements, and your kind comments about what you liked. Believe me, we are dedicated to making this a positive, mind-enhancing event for everyone.

OK, all you last-minute producers, remember that March 15 is our early deadline for our fall KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festivals. In order for your title to be considered, you need to submit it for evaluation and endorsement by our juries. Our festival has added a year-round component with children's museums and related institutions so, even if your title isn't selected for the full festival, it may be included in the KIDS FIRST! Film Club at these museums. Also new this year is offering those museums the possibility of selling these titles in their gift shops. For an application form, please go to http://www.cqcm.org/kidsfirst/html/submit.htm

Thanks to everyone who sent in their submissions in January for our summer festivals. We'll be selecting titles for our June, July, and August festivals and film clubs this month.

Best,
Ranny Levy
Founder and President
Coalition for Quality Children's Media
KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival

Dear Friends,

I am amazed at how this month has flown by-even with the extra day in February. This morning as I walked with my children, we noticed the seasons warring with each other. My boys and I waded through snow and mud in the pouring rain and behind us the sun was fighting to come out. Soon we’ll be finding our pots of gold at the end of the rainbows as we count the days until spring.

This month we have some exciting news from a couple of the members of KIDS FIRST!. We are also getting very positive feedback on the film clubs.

I would like to send a warm thank you for your kind notes after my first newsletter. You are a very welcoming group of readers.

 

Have a wonderful month!
Christine Pollock, Editor

NEW ENDORSEMENTS
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Video/DVD- Ages 0-2
** BABY EINSTEIN: NUMBERS NURSERY. The perfect introduction to the numbers one through five for one-year-olds and up. This playful and interactive exploration of numbers uses brightly colored toys, common shapes and everyday objects to show what numbers mean. Adult Juror Comments: Heartily recommended. It's fun to watch, educational and offers a number of opportunities for caregivers, parents and grandparents to help young ones learn to count. You could watch this innumerable times and still find things to discuss with your toddler Kid Juror Comments: Very engaging for the one- to two-year-olds. Captured their attention. Some repeated the words, capped their hands, and danced around. When given the same type of toys they saw in the video, they imitated what they watched. Offers good stopping points. VideoDVD. 30 min.; $19.99; Age: 0-2. BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT/DISNEY.

** BABY WONDERS: WONDERS ON THE FARM. A costume adventure where fifteen toddlers introduce animals, fruits and vegetables from the farm. Features classical and contemporary melodies performed by world-class musicians. Explores new vocabulary and farm experiences. Adult Juror Comments: Simple production, bright colors featuring babies, animals, and flowers. Good cinematography, uncluttered. Units short enough for infant attention span. Inspires an active imagination. Kid Juror Comments: Younger kids were less attentive but pointed at the animals. Older kids reacted when they saw something they liked. One boy wanted a tracker. One girl wanted to be a flower. They repeated the names of the animals. One child found the animals scary. DVD. 30 min.; $14.95; Age: 0-3. J.A.M. PRODUCTIONS INC.

** BABY LOONEY TUNES: MUSICAL ADVENTURES. Features puppets, Baby Bugs and friends, experimenting with sounds and playing musical instruments. Introduces a wide variety of classical music. Adult Juror Comments: Easy, simple structure. Offers a pleasant introduction to musical instruments with lots of opportunities to interact with your child. Demonstrates major instruments and the sounds each one makes. Kid Juror Comments: Difficult to understand the characters. Younger children could not follow the speech but it was largely unnecessary as long as an adult interacts with the child. Video. 36 min.; $14.95; Age: 1-3. CHILD SMART.

Video/DVD-Ages 2-5

* BRAD'S BUCKETLOADER BIRTHDAY Brad shares a great birthday party event with his friends: they get to "help" demolish and repair a driveway with real equipment and a real crew. Watch as Brad's crew learn the importance of sharing and the value of teamwork. Adult Juror Comments: Popular topic at a slow pace. Easy language; pop-up words for emerging readers. Good manners and generational mix. Home-video feel. Kids appear to operate equipment; hard hats not always worn. "Kids shouldn't be encouraged to play around heavy equipment." Kid Juror Comments: Watched intently at first. "I like the gears and the big load part." "I like the big rocks." Didn't consistently hold their interest. "It's not too bad, but it's not too good." One boy went to find a tractor to ride. "I want to ride it like those kids." DVD. 35 min.; $14.99; Age: 2-5. BUILDER'S EYE PRODUCTION CO. INC.

* BRAINY BABY - ART (EXPLORING THE WORLD OF ART.) Teaches the fundamentals of art introducing color, texture and mediums, finger painting, sculpture, and classic art, combined with great music and lots of kids. Adult Juror Comments: Attractive but too many topics are presented too briefly. Vocabulary and content are not in sync with one another. Content is appropriate for 2-year-olds; vocabulary is geared to 4-year-olds. Expects too much of younger kids are not enough for older ones. Kid Juror Comments: Younger viewers had trouble staying focused. Older kids talked about warm colors and pointed out colors that they were wearing. Most wanted to do some art afterwards. "There are lots of cool pictures." "Fun to watch, but not the whole thing at once." Video. 45 min.; $15.95; Age: 2-5. THE BRAINY BABY COMPANY.

*** BROTHER BEAR SING ALONG SONGS - Sing, dance and play along with your favorite Disney songs from 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, and more. Introduces dance steps, gives the lyrics to the songs, and invites kids to sing karaoke-style. Adult Juror Comments: A full platter of musical fun. An enjoyable showcase of songs from some of Disney's best kids' titles. Dance sequences are enjoyable to watch and to try. The steps are simple and easy to follow. Truly interactive. Good role models and messages. Kid Juror Comments: Enjoyable. Kids sang along and called out the beasties names they knew. Older ones were familiar with all the movies in the clips. One five-year-old loved that he could play the games. "Makes us want to see the movies that we hadn't already seen." DVD. 44 min.; $24.99; Age: 2-8. BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT/DISNEY.

** HARRY THE DIRTY DOG…AND MORE TERRIFIC TALES - Running from dreaded bath time, Harry the mutt gets caked in mud. But the question is, will his family recognize him in this Gene Zion's classic, which headlines this special collection of doggie tails. Adult Juror Comments: Fine family viewing. Interesting mix of video with still photography and different kinds of artwork and illustrations. Unique way to teach safety rules. Especially good for animal lovers. "A great DVD to show kids about art and different mediums." Kid Juror Comments: Liked all the animals. "I like the dogs and ducks. Gloria the dog did funny tricks." "The dog was nice to the policeman and the ducks were angry." "I LOVED the policeman story." Tended to lose interest after first two stories. "I want to get a dog." DVD. 60 min.; $14.95; Age: 2-5. NEW VIDEO GROUP, INC. Video/DVD-Ages 5-8
*** BARBIE OF SWAN LAKE Barbie magically comes to life in her third animated movie based on the brilliant music of Tchaikovsky and the beloved Swan Lake fairy tale. Adult Juror Comments: Excellent production that appeals to both adults and children. Provides a glimpse of a treasured ballet in a way that kids can understand and appreciate. Technically proficient. Well written, fast paced. Twist on an old story about love and challenges. Kid Juror Comments: Girls were mesmerized. "It was beautiful. I loved the costumes and the music." They also loved the unicorn. "We love Barbie and the prince." They liked the struggles between the good and bad characters. "We learned about people who are greedy and unkind. DVD. 83 min.; $19.98; Age: 5-8. ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT.

*** A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GARBAGE TRUCK. Offers quality entertainment that engages, informs and inspires. Wink and Blink teach kids about garbage trucks, recycling and the environment with innovative graphics and fun music. Adult Juror Comments: Very tastefully done. Through the characters from the Land of Imagination, the kids follow the life of a garbage truck. Clever presentation which encourages the children to protect the environment. Safety is stressed. Offers a positive view of the future. Kid Juror Comments: Enjoyable, especially by the boys. They liked learning about trucks - how to build one fascinated them. Some thought the puppets were weird. "I liked seeing the real trucks and the real places they worked." VideoDVD. 30 min.; $12.95; Age: 5-8. LAUREL HILL ENTERTAINMENT.

** HOT WHEELS: WORLD RACE Buckle up and hold on tight as the supercharged world of Hot Wheels racing explodes onto the screen in the first ever, full length movie. Adult Juror Comments: Very intense sound and action. Strong personalities that are not well mannered but redeem themselves in the end. Good story, long for this age. Good CGI animation. Woman driver is in trouble more than the others and sometimes whiney. Kid Juror Comments: Enjoyed the animation and the fast pace. It was too long for most kids - it's almost two hours. DVD. 110 min.; $19.98; Age: 5-8. ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT

** INFANTASTIC LULLABYES ON VIDEO VOLUME 2. Interactive, featuring colorful animation and beautifully orchestrated nursery songs. A musical picture book for baby and parents to share. Enchanting shapes, colors and familiar objects to help baby develop language skills and prepare your child to read. Adult Juror Comments: Beautiful animation, excellent music. A series of classic tunes with abstract illustrations. Using the abstract illustrations assumes the viewer already is familiar with what they represent making this most appropriate for five to eights. DVD. 55 min.; $19.98; Age: 5-8. V.I.E.W. VIDEO.

Video/DVD/Book-Ages 8-12

*** A LUCKY DOG: OWNEY. A historical journey to warm the hearts of all dog-lovers, child or adult. Who among us was aware of this real life story about Owney, Mascot of U.S. Rail Mail Service in the 1890s? What dog could have traveled alone all over the United States rail system Adult Juror Comments: Ms. Kenna¹s wonderful illustrations lovingly illustrate the text and offer a glimpse of life at the turn of the century from inside the post office where Owney lived for nine years, to mail wagons and mail cars. Kid Juror Comments: Here's a story that could have disappeared like milk bottles and horse-drawn carriages - filled with values of good, old-fashioned human kindness. Book. Age: 6-12. MADE TO ORDER PRODUCTIONS/RAINBOW.

* CARTOON CRACK-UPS The only place you can find seven great Hanna-Barbera cartoons together in the same new video. Includes Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and more! Adult Juror Comments: Typical silly cartoon entertainment. Good production quality, rich colors and recognizable characters. Content is not new nor presented with positive conflict resolution. Characters use deception and trickery. "One character hits another with a plunger." Kid Juror Comments: Very amused. "The characters were silly and funny to watch." "They played tricks on each other." "They weren't nice to each other, all of the time." "We learned what we should NOT do to others." "We liked all the different stories and characters." DVD. 116 min.; $14.98; Age: 7-12. WARNER HOME VIDEO.

** SCOOBY-DOO'S SPOOKIEST TALES. Zoinks! Get ready to shake and shiver with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang as they collect clues and capture crooks as only they can! Those teenage super-sleuths have the villains on the run in four mysterious adventures. Adult Juror Comments: Classic cartoon fun. Clear images, good sound and visual effects. Problem solving through collecting clues benefits reasoning abilities. Frightening scenes - vampires, monsters - may be too much for younger viewers. Some stereotypical characters. Kid Juror Comments: Intrigued and entertained. "Scooby is silly." "I tried to figure out the mysteries and what was going on." "They help each other and are partners, but they don't act like teenagers." "Some of it was scary, but it's a cartoon so I wasn't too scared." DVD. 40 min.; $14.98; Age: 5-12. WARNER HOME VIDEO.

MEDIA NEWS
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Something for Everyone
By Christine L. Pollock

Cable, satellites, Internet, radio. They have all changed the way of life in rural communities. But is that good? In many ways, yes. In others, no.

It is true that now, even in the hills of Appalachia, anyone can go to a web site and click to buy things rather than spend a day driving to the nearest mall. It is also true that we can keep closer tabs on global politics and culture. These are wonderful benefits of media in the modern world.

On the flip side, the urban areas are being exposed to city realities that their children would never see in their hometown, and now the children want to become part of those realities.

Protecting children from media is a full time job. How does one learn what to watch out for and how to teach their children to evaluate media? The urban areas have film festivals, workshops and trainings that our small towns can’t afford.

The Coalition recognizes this problem and has done something about it. They created the KIDS FIRST! Film Club for this market. Ann Church and Ranny Levy have created programming and workshops for community gathering places around the country—including rural settings.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Clubs are popular with museums and are small enough to run in local schools. The only equipment required is a DVD/VHS projector and screen.

Currently, there are four programs available with films for three different age groups (2-5, 6-8 and 8-12.) They are designed to bring ongoing programming to communities. Some of the programs are for entertainment and some are educational. Films with family pizza parties are very successful as are Toddler Mondays or Friday night gatherings for tweens.

In some cases, the KIDS FIRST! Film Clubs are group efforts like the Kids Movie Saturday Program held by the Denver Film Society on February 7, 2004. One hundred thirty children gathered together at the Starz FilmCenter to watch "Pete's a Pizza and More William Steig stories."

For this particular occasion, prizes were donated by the Janus Foundation. The Starz Film Center staff assembled coloring bags with crayons and sheets with scenes from the movie. One of the Denver Film Society volunteer moms introduced the film. Xcel Energy Foundation is a program underwriter.

Between February and April, families attending the Kids Movie Saturday Program will be able to enjoy quality media for children of all ages. They will even get the unique chance to watch "Ice Age" in Spanish.

Eventually, KIDS FIRST!® plans to have more focus programs such as: parenting programs, inventors, painting, Native Americans, etc. The KIDS FIRST! Film Clubs can be used as fund raisers for events, curriculum supplements for home school groups, and curriculum enhancement for public and private schools.
With society becoming more aware of the negative effects of media, the small towns need to get involved. Media literacy is taught through local universities and in the schools. Even home school co-ops teach courses on the media and its effect on the viewer.

Learning what to teach your children is now much easier. KIDS FIRST!® offers workshops along with the KIDS FIRST! Film Clubs that help teach media awareness.

Some places, such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, are holding Junior Film Critic and Facilitator training workshop along with their film festivals.

The KIDS FIRST!® Junior Film Critics Club program is a 10-session course in critical viewing skills for children ages eight to 13. The program teaches children how to be aware of what's real and what's not in media, how to recognize stereotypes, the difference between gratuitous and non-gratuitous violence and to remember the "real life" consequences of violence.

The KIDS FIRST!® Junior Film Critics Facilitator’s Training has certain goals. Facilitators are taught to critically evaluate children’s media, recognize the importance of teaching children critical viewing skills, help children make informed media choices and to learn to identify and source outstanding children’s media.

Children are taught to critically evaluate media using standardized criteria and tools. They learn to interpret messages received through the media, look at how violent, biassed or unsafe programming influences viewers and also learn to watch, evaluate and critique media verbally and in writing.

By the end of the trainings, the attendees will be able to become a facilitator of a Junior Film Critics Club, watch, evaluate and critique media with groups of children, become more critical media users and become KIDS FIRST!® Jurors.

If one lives in an area that does not have a theatre to display films, try the public school. KIDS FIRST!® is developing programs that correlate with school curriculum so that public school auditoriums can be used for KIDS FIRST! Film Clubs. Home School Associations can often find a screen at local colleges or churches.

In March of this year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Club will open at the Fargo Film Festival. There will also be a festival at the Children's Museum of Richmond where it will run from March 20 - May 20.

For more information about bringing the KIDS FIRST! Film Club or training workshop to your area, please contact Ann Church at 505-471-3500.

Is Mel’s Passion For Kids? by Ranny Levy

As the debate continues about the appropriateness of allowing children to see Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” I would like to add my thoughts, as a member of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, in regard to “Should kids see bloody, brutal ‘Passion’?” (The Line, February 26).

There is no doubt that the story of Christ has a profound influence on humankind. However, this movie focuses on his violent end in extreme graphic depictions. To expose young children to this is acutely irresponsible. If this movie was about any other character than Christ, no minister or pastor would be recommending it to their young people. This is not a documentary. This is Mr. Gibson’s own interpretation of Christ’s story.

Roger Ebert calls this movie “the most violent film I have ever seen.”
More than half of it is filled with violent images, which stay with us. For adults who can manage to watch it to completion, it may be a profoundly moving experience. For children, it is certain to be profoundly disturbing.

The message of Christ is one of mercy, compassion, forgiveness and love. This is the essence of Him, His Life and His teachings. To portray His life in terms of His suffering and death is sidestepping these teachings at a time when the world is divided enough culturally, religiously, and economically. We know the power of the media on children. Let’s act responsibly as parents.

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KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival Submissions
Submit your title for KIDS FIRST!® endorsement and for the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival Fall 04 Festival Early Deadline - March 15 Fall 04 Festival Late Deadline - May 10 http://www.kidsfirst.org

REAL WHEELS debuts on PBS
Real Wheels will come back for a 2nd season with 13 additional episodes to debut on Public TV. Real Wheels provides reality-based programs as an alternative to animated kids shows. While animated shows set in a world based on fantasy help develop imagination, children need to understand how the real world works, too. Real Wheels builds on a child’s natural curiosity about the world around them. For more info, go to website www.realwheelsTV.com.

Breaking the Mold on PBS
Debuting on public television stations nationwide, this “comic fable about toxic mold” entertains and teaches about indoor air pollutants and asthma using a mystery story based on a reality tv show. The film takes its teaching further into the classroom with a companion web site, lesson plans, and teacher resources (http://enviromysteries.thinkport.org). For more information, visit www.mpt.org

Center for Media Literacy MediaLit Kit
The Center for Media Literacy presents their MediaLit Kit and Orientation Guide. Like a map for a journey, the CML MediaLit Kit provides a path for navigating our global media culture. FREE on their website. http://www.medialit.org

CPL Seeks Brainy Young Journalists
The kid journalists at Children's PressLine (CPL) are looking to pick the brains of other young people on a variety of kids' issues. CPL is compiling a database of kids, ages 10 to 17, from all across the country to take part in interviews on many topics. To apply, e-mail your full name, birth year, gender, phone number and email address to [email protected] For more info, go to http://www.connectforkids.com.

Hip-Hop Power
Rap-inspired math, spelling and science lessons are fast becoming music to the ears of kids in both urban and suburban settings. Superheroes like Grammar Man and CDs like De-U Records' "Multiplication Hip-Hop" aim to be the Schoolhouse Rock for a new generation. Join Robert Capriccioso as he takes a look behind the music. http://www.connectforkids.org/benton_topics1544/benton_topics_show.htm?doc_id=210243

Kid Beat for Journalists
Connect for Kids announces "Kid Beat," a new pressroom section that looks at some of the latest news and research on issues important to youth. Share our pressroom resources with journalists in your area so they have what they need to write about kids and the policies that affect them.
http://www.connectforkids.org/newsletter1538/newsletter.htm

FAMILY AND PARENTING NEWS
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Setting Boundaries and Discussing Tough Subjects
Learn how to discuss tough topics with your children and discover why it’s so important. Find out what boundaries are all about at http://news.fen.com/subchannel/0,2794,65-187,00.html?wtlAC=sac0225,email-h

What to Do About Bullies
Some children are bullies and others are being bullied. Either way, it’s important for parents to know what is going on in their child’s life. Find out how to help your child at http://news.fen.com/topic/front/0,1156,66-24134,00.html?wtlAC=sac0225,email-h

Total Teen TV
For the first time ever-–a network about, by and for teenagers. Varsity TV features quality programming covering music, talent, sports and entertainment. http://www.myvtv.com/pages/index.asp?id=19186

Protect Children From Advertising
The American Psychological Association is calling for federal restrictions on advertising aimed at children less than eight years old. The coalition to Stop Commercial Exploitation of Children, a coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and parents who counter the effects of marketing to children through education, advocacy and research, fully supports this stand. http://www.commercialexploitation.org/Pressreleases/apa.htm

From Connect for Kids: http://www.connectforkids.com
The Role of Media in Childhood Obesity
A new report by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation reviews more than 40 studies on the role of media in the nation's dramatically increasing rates of childhood obesity. Although it endorses no solutions, it discusses possible policy changes like regulating or reducing food advertising aimed at children. http://www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia022404pkg.cfm

Early Learning Left Out
Although targeting the youngest learners (at ages when the brain develops rapidly) pays off, most education money goes to older children. A report from the Child and Family Policy Center of Iowa and Voices for America's Children finds 13.7 cents of every per-child public education dollar goes to younger kids. Congress is debating a $1.2 billion increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant's annual appropriation, a move that would increase investments in early learning by $34.57 per young child in America. A $400 million increase in Head Start funding would translate to a $17.29 increase in per young child funding. http://www.voicesforamericaschildren.org/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm?ContentID=3359

CDF Congressional Scorecard
How well do your members of Congress protect kids? The Children's Defense Fund's nonpartisan 2003 Congressional Scorecard has the answer. The eleven key votes scored in 2003 include No Child Left Behind, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act re-authorization, gun industry community, 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school programs, children's access to health care, childcare, the Child Tax Credit, and housing assistance. http://www.cdfactioncouncil.org/scorecard2003.pdf

Effective Reading Programs for English Language Learners: Bilingual Works Best
One in five children in U.S. schools comes from a home where English is not the primary language spoken. While many of these kids succeed in reading, too many fall behind. A review of the research finds children in programs that teach reading in their native language and in English at different times in the day do better than those in English-only programs or programs that use only their native languages to teach reading. http://www.csos.jhu.edu/crespar/techReports/Report66.pdf

Kids and Politics Quick Poll
The State of the Union address is the President's opportunity to review our economic progress and offer new proposals for the future. It is natural for the president to focus on the rosy picture, but child advocates still see some sharp thorns for low and moderate-income families. State of the Nation's Schools and Colleges.

Video Games - What Good Is There in a Game?
Read Kathleen Tynera’s review of James Gee's provocative book "What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy" and be prepared to be amazed! http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article635.html#services

Music and Media Consolidation: help students explore how media mergers impact the popular music scene. Hint: it’s the radio... http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article635.html#world

Youth Rising
Young people have long been involved in social justice movements. According to this report they are increasingly mobilizing around their identity as "youth," crossing traditional race lines and issue boundaries in the process. This Applied Research Center report has case studies that illustrate the culture and frustrations, successes and pitfalls of on-the-ground youth organizing today along with lessons learned and recommendations. http://www.arc.org/Pages/pubs/youthrising.html

Help Get 211 Going
2-1-1 is the number designed to give families quick and easy access to local health and human services and volunteer information. United Way of America has launched a toll-free phone number (1-888-PASS-211) that all Americans can use throughout February to urge Congress to support the "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (S. 1630 and H.R. 3111). Email Patrick McIntyre at [email protected]

Students who use laptops are more engaged in learning and produce better-quality work, according to a February 11, 2004 Boston Globe article, "Report Gives High Grades for Laptop Program."

Debate over School Reform Heats Up
An On-the-Ground Look at NCLB Implementation Based on data analyses, interviews, and site visits in six states and eleven school districts, the Harvard Civil Rights Project reports that educators are struggling to implement No Child Left Behind, but unintended consequences in federal accountability rules have derailed state reforms and assessment strategies. For more info, go to
http://www.civilrightsproject.harvard.edu/news/pressreleases.php/record_id=44/

ACORN Takes on Ed Issues
In Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Oakland and elsewhere, the grass-roots organizing group ACORN is emerging as a major player in K-12 education issues -tackling everything from a lack of stop signs near schools to teacher quality and academic performance. Education Week profiles ACORN, and its "in-your-face" tactics. http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=23Acorn.h23

EVENTS
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KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Touring Schedule:

March 19-28 Gertrude Salzer Gordon Children's Museum of La Crosse
March 19-25: Bermuda Int'l Film Festival*
April 15 - 25: Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, CA*
April 23-25: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara, CA*
* pending
June 5, 6: Explora Science and Children's Museum, Albuquerque, NM
June 16 - 20: Kidflix, Tampa, FL

KIDS FIRST! Film Club Events:
March 4 Fargo Film Festival
March 20 - May 20: Children's Museum of Richmond

Other Events:

On-going - Philadelphia area- Wednesday afternoons - MediaSmart Seminars are designed to bring together K-12 educators, college faculty, artists, media professionals, youth development specialists, along with nonprofit, public health and social service professionals in the metro Philadelphia area. For directions and more information, visit http://www.mediasmartphilly.com.

March 12, 2004 at 5 p.m. Jump Cuts! Sprockets, Toronto International Film Festival for Children is once again looking for third through twelfth to submit their short films and videos to Jump Cuts: Young Filmmakers Showcase. Submissions are viewed by a panel of experts and finalists have their films screened during Sprockets. Each finalist is also eligible to win a cool grand prize. For more information visit http://www.bell.ca/sprockets

March 15, 2004 11:30-12:30-“Can Copyright Bring Audience and Filmmaker Together?" MediaRights.org's Director of Technology, David Jacobs, will be speaking on the panel "at the 2004 SXSW Film Conference in Austin, Texas. To register for the conference, go to http://www.sxsw.com/attend

March 24, 2004,1:00-2:00 p.m. EST - 21st Century Technology Literacy: Going Beyond the Requirements of No Child Left Behind. This is a series of interactive presentations conducted over the Internet by the Consortium for School Networking. Participants can listen and submit questions to the presenters as well as chat with other participants online. Held six times a year. Details at http://www.cosn.org/events

March 24 - 26, Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival. For more info call: G.A.P. (212) 594-9577 or e-mail: [email protected]

April 3, Raw Arts Youth Media Conference, Columbia College, Chicago IL. Conference and Showcase for Teens in the Media Arts. FREE! For more info, visit http://www.colum.edu/rawvoices/

April 15, 2004-Public Health/Democracy Media Education Conference Know Media will offer a one day conference, "Media Education in Action: Public Health and Democracy," in Brattleboro, Vermont. For information on registering, please call the Green Mountain Training Center at 802-254-6590.

April 16, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Junior Film Critics Program Facilitator’s Workshop. The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media is holding a Junior Film Critics Program Facilitator’s Workshop at the Explora Science and Children’s Museum. For more info or to register please visit http://www.kidsfirst.org or call 505.989.8076.

May 20 - Girl Talk At the Pixie Sage Center on Long Island, NY, for 11- and 12-year-old girls who want to join peers in discussions about growing up. Topics range from anger to body image and friendships. Girl Talk meets the last Saturday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kitty Gill at 631-757-1013.

June 25-28. AMLA’s 2005 National Media Education Conference. “Giving Voice to a Diverse Nation.” A Major feature of NMEC 2005 will be a media arts strand, focusing on the efficacy of media literacy and meida arts on student achievement. Please contact either Karen Zill, Conference Chair, at [email protected], or Kara Clayton at [email protected]

July 5-22 At the Pixie Sage Center on Long Island, NY, for sixth - eighth graders. Work with professional songwriters to create and original CD and more. The first session is July 5-22 and the second session is August 2-26th. For more information, contact Kitty Gill at 631-757-1013.



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http://www.allbymyself.com
http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com
http://www.babyroadtrip.com
http://www.babywondersmedia.com
http://www.BabyAboutTown.com
http://www.babygourmet.com
http://www.babyprodigy.com
http://www.brainybaby.com
http://www.childrensgroup.com
http://www.coachcoz.com
http://www.devine-ent.comhttp://disney.go.com/DisneyVideos/
http://www.eatyourlunch.com
http://www.familiesoftheworld.com
http://www.filmmarketonline.com
http://www.familytv.com/index_usa.asp?AFID=2002072002"
http://www.ftfun.com
http://www.goldenzah.com
http://www.hunktabunkta.com
http://www.iluminadaproductions.com
http://www.judypancoastkidpop.com
http://www.kidskills.com
http://www.kathybyers.com
http://www.kidskills.com
http://www.lafete.com
http://www.learningbyosmosis.com
http://www.LetsTalkPuppyDog.com
http://www.Littlehardhats.com
http://www.littlemammoth.com
http://www.magicfrank.com
http://www.magicofmartialarts.com
http://www.makebabylaugh.com
http://www.master-comm.com
http://www.mybabyandme.com
http://www.mybestenglish.net
http://www.nafce.org
http://www.nestfamily.com
http://www.newvideo.com
http://www.northbayentertainment.com
http://www.pixiesage.com
http://www.pocketsnails.com
http://www.powertocreate.com
http://www.production-associates.com
http://www.questarentertainment.com
http://www.rainbowplace.com
http://www.seafunforkids.com
http://www.sesameworkshop.org
http://www.shanabanana.com
http://www.sosmart.com
http://www.splashesfromtheriver.com/web/pl1.html
http://www.sqedunk.com
http://www.strangerinthewoods.com
http://www.stinkyshoe.com
http://www.tcfhe.com
http://www.twotomatoes.com
http://www.underthestarsandstripes.com
http://www.underthewaves.tv
http://www.vidmedia.com
http://www.vickilew.com
http://www.view.com/
http://www.vtmproductionsinc.com
http://www.wailana.com
http://www.wamtv.com
http://www.warner.com
http://www.waywayentertainment.comhttp://www.winkandblink.com
http://www.zula.com

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