Learning news and notes in the Berkshires



Educators workshop on ‘The Mill Children' rescheduled: Registration is still open for a May 30 workshop designed to allow educators to explore curricular connections with the upcoming exhibit "The Mill Children." The Friday afternoon program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Adams Free Library, 92 Park St., Adams. The workshop, originally scheduled for May 9, was postponed due to a power outage in Northern Berkshire.

In 1911 and 1916, Lewis Wickes Hine photographed child workers at the mills in Adams and North Adams; his photographs were a driving force in the social movement to reform laws for child and adult workers. Led by Anne Thidemann French, author of "A Teacher's Guide to The Mill Children," workshop participants will get a virtual preview tour of the exhibit of paintings, historical photographs, music, film and narrative; learn how to incorporate the exhibit into curriculum using Common Core standards; receive a free copy of the teacher's guide; explore opportunities for service-learning experiences using art and expression to impact social issues; and see examples of student work related to the exhibit from North Adams Public Schools. Registration is requested and can be done by contacting French at afrench@napsk12.org or (413) 662-3240, ext. 1204.


Parent workshop: ‘Taking Autism to the Doctor': Housatonic Academy and Hillcrest Dental Care Inc. of Hillcrest Educational Centers Inc., will from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednes day host a free workshop called, "Taking Autism to the Doctor." The program will be held at Hillcrest's administrative offices, 788 South St., Pittsfield. Lunch will be provided.

This program will give parents and guardians practical tips on how to proactively prepare a child with autism for a doctor's visit, which can be a challenge. Participants will learn specific interventions including social stories, pre-teaching and conversations with office staff before the trip.

Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are requested. Those interested can sign-up by calling (413) 443-2367.


IS183 ‘Art Lab 2014' showcase and celebration: IS183 Art School of the Berkshires and the Red Lion Inn will present "Art Lab 2014" on Saturday.

This event, a curated afternoon and evening featuring local artists, begins at 1 p.m. at the former Hall's Garage at 35 Main St. in Stockbridge, and continues at sites throughout Stock bridge until 10.

Visitors can enjoy a screening of the documentary "To Spring From the Hand" on dancer/ceramicist Paulus Berensohn at 1:30; attend the presentation of the second annual Berkshire K-12 Arts Educator Award at 3; and see the duo Black Lake (multimedia artists Susan Jennings and Slink Moss) perform at 3:30. Artists' pop-up events begin around town at 5. A Rockin' Dance Party will be held at 8 with DJ RothFitz.

To find out more about this event, contact IS183 at (413) 298-5252, ext. 100 or visit is183.org.


Robot workshop signups: Teens and tweens are invited from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, to participate in a free computer-based workshop on robots at the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., in Williamstown. Staff from the Rhode Island Computer Museum will teach students from Grade 6 and up, about basic circuits and how to use interactive software to create your own robot. Participants are invited to bring in their broke electronics to dissect and learn about circuits.

In addition, for the month of May, Mount Greylock Regional High School teachers Jane Ellen DeSomma and Mike Powers have created an exhibit of samples of their students' artwork throughout the library. Learn more at milnelibrary.org or (413) 458-5369.

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