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Mutt-i-grees® in the News Spring 2017

We’ve heard from so many Mutt-i-grees educators in different states around the country, we were inspired to use “Around the Country With Mutt-i-grees” as a headline. We couldn’t include all the stories sent to us, but picked a few — from Missouri, Connecticut, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Manhattan’s Chinatown — to give you an idea of the various ways educators are using the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.


AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH MUTT-I-GREES

In Missouri: What’s Happening Is…Well…“EPIC!”

In 2013, the EPIC Coalition, a nonprofit in Port Girardeau, Mo., wanted to develop a program using the power of the human-animal bond to help kids develop the skills to resist the pitfalls of drug and substance abuse. That’s when the Coalition discovered the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum…and EPIC Pals was born.  Read more.

In Connecticut: Stepping Up to Save Shelter Pets

A Connecticut children’s museum has discovered that thanks to the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, a visit to the museum can teach kids a lot about shelter pets, while encouraging them to become activists and advocates for rescue. Read more.

In Manhattan, New York: Discovering the Library Next Door

Despite the engaging programs that public libraries offer, these repositories of knowledge are often underappreciated and underused. One school in New York has found a way to get students more involved in their local library by implementing the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum into their activities. Read more.

In California: Two Ambassadors and One Great Dog Steal the Show on Hallmark Channel

On March 31, two of our National Student Mutt-i-grees Ambassadors sat down to discuss their experience in the program. With the help of a canine veteran of the Curriculum, the students connected the dots between humans and animals. Read more.

In Oklahoma: Cheering for Kitten Bowl IV 

Oklahomans take football seriously, so when it came to gearing up for Kitten Bowl IV, the MUTTS Club at Curtis Inge Middle School in Noble, Okla., had no trouble getting into the game.  Read more.


*New Column* THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE

We’re pleased to introduce a new feature in our newsletter, an occasional column we’re calling “The Voice of Experience.” We see this as a chance for educators across the country to share their experiences by submitting brief articles (no more than 300 words, please) about their ideas or hands-on work with the Curriculum. Perhaps you were inspired to think outside the box and introduce something new or topical into your Mutt-i-grees classroom. Perhaps the Curriculum helped make a dramatic difference in the life of a student and/or a shelter pet. Whatever the topic, we invite you to share your insights by sending them to [email protected] for possible publication.

Below is the first story for our new column, sent to us by Kyra Wolfe, Teacher-Librarian at MS 88 Peter Roget, in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Meeting the Mutt-i-grees Challenge 

There’s nothing “dog-eared” about Librarian Kyra Wolfe’s clever and meaningful Mutt-i-grees project. She and her tech savvy media students figured out how to adapt the popular Ice Bucket Challenge to inform other students about the plight of shelter pets and adoption while having fun and working together. Read more.


CHECK OUT THIS FUN AND VERSATILE RESOURCE

Mutt-i-grees Emotion Cards Have you tried these yet? Our clever graphic artists Lisa and Manny have created colorful emotion cards for use in conjunction with the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. These downloadable tools depict dogs feeling happy, excited, angry, silly, frustrated, and more. Feel free to use them as posters or cut them out and laminate them. If you have already used them, please write to us at [email protected] and let us know: Did students like these cards? How did you use them? Download


KEEPING YOU INFORMED

New Report: Teacher Preparation for Social and Emotional Learning Breaks New Ground If you’re a Mutt-i-grees teacher, you already know that social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are the foundation for children’s success in school and in life. All good teachers know this, and make an effort to show students that they care about them and their future. However, SEL is not yet part of what teacher training institutions offer prospective teachers, a point made in this newly published report, which provides rich background on SEL that both teachers and administrators will find inspiring. We encourage you to take a look here.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Professional Development /Conferences/Workshops

April 27, 2017
Mutt-i-grees Family Series Workshop
North Shore Animal League America and Nespresso
Bridge Haven Family Transitional Residence
Bronx, NY

April 27, 2017
Mutt-i-grees in Action
P.S. 75 – Emily Dickinson School
New York, NY

May 8, 2017
Mutt-i-grees in the Classroom
Park Place Community Middle School
Brooklyn, NY

May 17, 2017
Monthly Counselors Meeting
Mutt-i-grees Professional Development
Kindergarten - Grade 8
Brooklyn South Field Service Center
Brooklyn, NY

May 25, 2017
Mutt-i-grees Assembly - Linking Schools and Community Libraries
53rd Street Library and P.S. 75
New York, NY

June 5, 2017
Mutt-i-grees in the Classroom
Park Place Community Middle School
Brooklyn, NY

June 19, 2017
Mutt-i-grees in the Classroom
Park Place Community Middle School
Brooklyn, NY

Spring 2017 (Dates - TBD)
Mutt-i-grees Curriculum  Certificate Program
Queens College
Flushing, NY

Spring 2017 (Date – TBD)
Mutt-i-grees Professional Development
NYC United Federation
United Federation of Teachers
52 Broadway, 19th floor
New York, NY

August 11, 2017
Mutt-i-grees Professional Development
St. Louis, MO

For additional information click here.