Teachers Teaching Teachers #242 – Energy Disasters: Massey, BP, and TEPCO – Local Reports on Our Global Crises – 4.6.11
Our guests on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers suggest our topic, or perhaps it would be better to say, our questions. It seemed to us that a teacher from West Virginia, near last year’s Massey Mine Disaster, would have something to say to a teacher from Louisiana who lives not far from the BP Oil Spill. And both of these teachers might have something to say to teachers who live near Tokyo, south of TEPCO’s damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear-power plant. It has been our goal on Teachers Teaching Teachers to understand these crises through the eyes of our colleagues and their students whose lives are most immediately impacted. Thanks to our guests on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, we might better understand how and why it is important to bring these stories to our students.
Here’s who joined us on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers:
- April Estep, high school music teacher – @MsEstep, Coalfield Writers/Marshall University Writing Project in West Virginia – @MUWP
- David Pulling, Director of Continuing Education, Louisiana State University, Eunice, Louisiana. David blogs at David Pulling: I Write; Therefore, I AM! and with his students on Voices on the Gulf. He is a member of the National Writing Project of Acadiana.
- Eric Bossieux, @ericattwit, a “change agent” living in Japan for over 30 years. He has begun writing a blog, Crooked Letters, Straight Lines, on his company’s website.
- Kim Cofino, @mscofino Technology and Learning Coach at Yokohama International School in Japan. Kim blogs at Always Learning. A wiki that Kim started is quakestories. And, Kim’s diigo list.
- April Niemela, ninth grade teacher in Lewiston, Idaho and Co-Director of the Northwest Inland Writing Project. You can also follow @AprilJNiemela.
- Laura Kriska, writer of The Accidental Office Lady, Laura is an intercultural consultant, and she just started a website, Cherry Blossom Letters “for American kids here to make art and write letters and then send them in
packages to Second Harvest, a nonprofit aid organization in Japan. Second Harvest makes daily trips to the impacted region and will deliver our packages directly to people in shelters.”
The introductions are pretty interesting on their own, but we hope you take the time to listen to the entire conversation!
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