Louisiana Story Fest Residency @ Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Day 4 Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friends: I had such a good time on Day 4 of my Story Fest residency. It was a late day, with my first class starting at 9:40 am so I took advantage of the extra time and worked out for an hour at home. I came to school refreshed and ready to go! My first […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children’s Books, Dianne de Las Casas, Folklore, Folktales, Language Arts, Literacy, Louisiana, Story Fest, story theater, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Louisiana Story Fest Residency – Monday, February 9, 2009

Friends: Today was my first day of my Louisiana Story Fest Residency at Bissonet Plaza Elementary School. I have been doing an artist residency at this school for 7 years now. They are one of my favorite schools. For this residency, I am sharing Louisiana culture through its folk stories. For grades PK through 2, […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Dianne de Las Casas, Folklore, Folktales, Louisiana, Story Fest, story theater, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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Mississippi Library Commission Conference – Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friends: A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of being a featured speaker at the Mississippi Library Commission conference. The conference was for children’s librarians in Mississippi public libraries. It was a fun busy conference! The conference was held at the Cabot Lodge Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. When I arrived, I was immediately […] Read More

Categories: Conference, Dianne de Las Casas, Professional Development, Stories, Story Fest, story theater, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 6; Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 6 of my “Stories on Board Residency.” What a day! In the 8 years that I have been the artist-in-residence at this school, never once have I been late. Today changed that record. There was a big accident that clogged traffic for miles, causing me to arrive at 9:00 am (first […] Read More

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Guam Day 3 – Amazing!

Friends: It was another¬† amazing day in Guam. My day began with my arrival at the Guam Council of the International Reading Association meeting at the Nikko Hotel in Tumon Bay.¬† I was scheduled to present an hour and fifteen minute workshop to the membership. After membership business and before my workshop began, the Talafofo […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 10 – Final Day!

Friends: Today was the final day of my Louisiana Story Fest residency. The above is a drawing by Ivan, a first grader, of my story, “The Cajun Cornbread Boy.” The gator in the middle has a red mouth, full of cayenne! I stayed up late Thursday night assembling treat bags for my third, fourth and […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 9

Friends: It has been a wonderful two weeks visiting all the classrooms of the school where I am the teaching artist-in-residence. I feel like I have truly made deep connections with the students and the teachers. Today was bittersweet, because it was so wonderful and because it was my last day to visit the classes. […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 8

Friends: It was another happy day at school. The morning began with the school on “lock down.” Third, fourth and fifth grade classes were engaged in interval testing to prepare them for their big standardized testing next month. Fortunately, my first class was second grade. What a delightful group of students. They listened so intently […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 7

Friends, At the end of this week, on Friday, my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will perform their “Louisiana Story Fest.” Each grade will perform for each other as well as lower grades and parents. Each class is performing a Louisiana folktale that I have adapted into a story theater script just for that […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Residency Day 6

Friends: It was quite warm today, in the 70s so the above bulletin was appropriate. :) I am back at the school, where I am the teaching artist-in-residence, doing a Louisiana Story Fest. Last week, I was off because the school had a big week being evaluated by a team from the State Department of […] Read More

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