Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Westminster College professor of education, recently wrote four blog posts for classroom teachers on the Worlds of Words (W.O.W): International Collection of Children's and Adolescent Literature website.
Klassen Endrizzi's W.O.W. blogs provide an overview of Israeli children's books she discovered during her summertime travels to Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel. This brief investigation of Israeli children's books is one minor component of a larger, on-going college-wide partnership between Westminster College and Western Galilee College.
Over 30 faculty from both institutions have been engaged in various research collaborations in different subject areas for the past three years. Additionally each institution has hosted the Bridges International Faculty Workshop, providing opportunities for faculty members to engage in formal and informal discussions to enrich their teaching and research.
"During a three week summer visit to Akko, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israeli colleagues Dr. Vered Vaknin-Nusbaum and Dr. Hagit Turjeman helped me comb various bookstores, outdoor book fairs, and museums, enabling me to interact with parents and children's librarians eager to reveal a wealth of books they regularly share with children. Miriam Roth, a beloved Israeli author, aptly described the children's books I discovered in this way: ‘Excellent literature educates. What makes it educational is its deep human content offered in an excellent artistic form.'"
All four of these blog posts offer an initial glimpse into the richness of the Jewish culture through children's books:
Click here to view all four blogs.
Klassen Endrizzi, who serves as Westminster's faculty development officer, joined the faculty in 1993. She earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Fresno Pacific College and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She is the author of Becoming Teammates: Teachers and Families as Literacy Partners (NCTE, 2008).
Contact Klassen Endrizzi at (724) 946-7189 or email for additional information.