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Session Descriptions: Day 1 PM Block: Winner

  • Session presenters, offerings, locations, and/or schedule are subject to change
  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone

The Many Uses of CultureGrams
August 8, 1:00-1:40pm
Melanie Lawhead, Middle School Spanish Teacher, Exeter West Greenwich Regional Schools
Bevin Winner, Junior/Senior High School Library Media Specialist, Exeter West Greenwich Regional Schools

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  • Information Literacy, World Languages, 3-10
  • Audience cap: 40
  • Participant devices (tablet, iPad, laptop) are recommended for this session but not required

Melanie and Bevin will demonstrate the great features of the CultureGrams database and the various collaborations that have enhanced their lessons and engaged their students, including projects on culture, language, and statistics in French, Spanish, and World Cultures classes.

Melanie Lawhead has been teaching Spanish at Exeter West Greenwich Junior High for 15 years.  Over the years, she has collaborated with Bevin Winner, the Library Media Specialist, to utilize the different culture-related databases the school has available. 

Melanie has presented on TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) at RIFLA conferences as well as facilitated TPRS coaching groups.

Bevin Winner has worked as a School Library Media Specialist for the last 12 years since earning her MLIS from URI in 2005. She currently serves Exeter West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School. Bevin is also the technology liaison between students, staff, and the district Technology department.   She has taught classes for the Technology department at EWG. 

Bevin has served as the SLRI conference committee chair and then vendor coordinator for the last 10 years. She is currently expanding her Maker Monday program by teaching an enrichment block everyday. Bevin is currently working on the new RI Middle School Book Award nominees and Rooster Games.

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