July 26 - 27: Performances in Central Park and Katonah. On Saturday July 26th, at 11:00 AM in Central Park in front of the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Bill and Rita Auerbach will share an hour worth of stories. Rita will include Andersen's The Tinderbox in her set. Bill will tell the Chinese tale The Lace-Maker and the Emperor and a couple of other stories. FREE. Enter at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. On Sunday, July 27, Bill will be telling Icelandic Tales at the Katonah Museum for the opening celebration of their new show Iceland: Artists Respond to Place. One set of stories will focus on the Hidden People and other folktales of Iceland. The 2nd set will have the Saga of Ref the Clever as its inspiration.
July 21 - 25: JBFC's Summer Teachers' Institute. Bill is on the faculty of the Jacob Burns Film Center's Summer Teachers' Institute and will lead a 2 day workshop for early childhood educators entitled Seeing Stories Everywhere. In the workshop, we will explore stories and storytelling - telling them, filming them and finding them in the curriculum. We will explore ways to enliven the building of early literacy skills for our young students.
July 14: Workshop for Vail Valley Youth Foundation. Bill led a 3 hour storytelling workshop for the educators who guide the early childhood outreach programs of the Vail Valley Foundation. The Youth Foundation's early childhood programs go out into under-served communities and provide exciting, dynamic educational programs to prepare the very young to be ready for kindergarten.
July 3: Bill Appointed Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College. Bill will teach a graduate course this fall at Hunter College in NYC entitled "The Expressive Arts In Early Childhood". It will be a busy semester as this course is in addition to the two grad courses he will lead at Manhattanville College. These include "An Arts Approach to Literacy" and "Aesthetic Literacy". In the meantime, Bill returns to continue on his 3rd decade at the Episcopal School. He will also be working again with the Jacob Burns Film Center where he has designed the Seeing Stories curriculum.
July 16: Family Concert in Eagle, Colorado. Bill returns to the Vail Valley to work with the children and faculty at the Gore Range Montessori Schools. He will lead in-class sessions as well as a faculty storytelling workshop. The visit will culminate in his annual FREE Family Concert at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle, Colorado on Wednesday July 16 at 6:00 PM. The outdoor concert is designed for families who can bring blankets and sit and hear the stories and songs. In case of rain, there is an indoor alternative. As always Bill will accompany himself on banjo. This is the 9th annual Bill Gordh concert. It's free and fun.
August 7 -15: Innova Schools in Lima, Peru. Bill will be traveling down to Lima, Peru to observe first hand the Innova Schools that are using a blended learning model in the classrooms. While in Lima he will lead storytelling workshops for Innova faculty and staff and they will watch him in action with the students bringing his literacy building interactive storytelling into the classroom. With his observations Bill will return to NYC and consider what curriculum/program ideas he might offer to develop at the schools in the future.