Know a teacher who could use and deserves $10,000?
Well, hurry, as it is almost last call for nominating an educator who shows innovation and dedication to their craft. The $10,000 classroom grant will be awarded by GOOD Partnerships and the University of Phoenix. There will be twenty finalists selected from teachers of grades Kindergarten through Twelfth this February 15, 2013 at noon PT.
Voting for the finalists begins March 4 and “in a course of five weeks, the GOOD community will vote for their favorite teacher. At the end of the five weeks, the top voted K through 6 teacher and top voted 7 through 12 teacher will each receive a $10,000 classroom grant.”
What are the judge looking for? “[T]eachers that are not only changing the lives of their students, but also their community. We want to hear all about the teachers that are integrating technology into the classroom, doing community outreach with their students, or pushing their students to learn and think in different ways so that they can graduate successfully and achieve beyond the classroom.”
For ideas and inspiration, you can watch videos of last year’s winners, Terry Dougherty and Daryl Bilandzija. Good luck to all the great candidates out there and don’t forget: the deadline for applications is this Friday!
It’s award season, not just for movies, but for books as well. Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists for the 2012 publishing year. Since 1976, the National Book Critics Circle has given the award in order “to promote the finest books and reviews published in English.” The American organization has selected thirty books eligible for a total of six prizes. Those six categories are autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Two of the titles in contention have already received much critical and popular acclaim, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.
and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Other Fiction Finalists:
Laurent Binet’s HHhH, about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
Zadie Smith’s London-set NW
Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, a frightening look into Kim Jong Il’s North Korea. (Both Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Binet’s HHhH are first novels.)
Robert A. Caro’s The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Tom Reiss’s The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo , about General Dumas, father of the famous novelist
Lisa Cohen’s All We Know: Three Lives about early 20th-century trend setters Esther Murphy, Mercedes de Acosta and Madge Garland
Lisa Jarnot’s Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography
My Poets by Maureen N. McLane
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
In the House of the Interpreter by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry
Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys by D. A. Powell
Olives: Poems (Triquarterly) by A.E. Stallings
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
For a complete list of finalists, click here.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
The books that were made into Oscar-nominated films of 2013.
If you’re following this year’s awards season, you may have noticed that many of the movies receiving the highest accolades were adapted from novels. Some of the big winners at last night’s Golden Globes made me want to compile a small list of the books that inspired the movies. While many viewers of the awards season make it their mission to watch all of the nominated films, wouldn’t it be an interesting idea to read the book behind each lit-inspired movie? If you care to tick off that list, it is…
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Someone over at Goodreads likened this book to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower for adults.” That’s probably on account of the novel’s tender qualities, quirky humor, and soul. Warm your heart with this debut novel from Matthew Quick.
Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez
The book and the movie provide a behind-closed-doors look into an almost unreal CIA mission to save six embassy workers from Iran in the 1970s… by impersonating a sci-fi film crew. Don’t get a manicure before watching or reading this entertaining political thriller.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A boy, a boat, and a tiger — one might say those are the main components of Martel’s novel, and correspondingly director Ang Lee’s movie. But both deliver much more: spellbinding visuals, philosophical themes, and yes I just have to reiterate, an amazing tiger called Richard Parker.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adaptations of Tolkien’s works have dominated cinema for the last decade, so unless you call the lonely space beneath a rock your home, you’ll probably know what you’re in for with Jackson’s latest movie. Yet, returning to Middle Earth to recount the fantasy of your childhood will yield memories that might not have made it to the film (despite it being the first three-hour installment of a trilogy).
Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
12 Nominations (for the film Lincoln)
Though of course Spielberg’s biopic is based on actual history, it had a helping hand from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography. But beware, it’d probably be faster to complete an AP course on U.S. History than to read this 944-page tome. For the ambitious among you, the biography reveals the brilliance behind one of America’s most cherished forefathers and comes highly recommended by the elite who have the will to sit down and read it.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s sprawling tragedy set during the upheaval of the French Revolution has been on stage for years and has now made its way to the silver screen. But if you want a reading of the work that does not involve singing every line, try picking up Hugo’s original. Of course, if you enjoy the catharsis of singing every line as you read them, by all means go ahead… so long as I’m not anywhere near you at the time.
What Oscar-nominated adaptations did you enjoy this past year? Which did you enjoy that did not make it into the Academy’s good graces? Share with us in a comment below!