The RedRover Readers program is designed to help children develop empathy and critical thinking skills
SACRAMENTO, CA (February 25, 2013) – RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based in Sacramento, California, is offering a training workshop in Royal Oak, Michigan, for people who want to foster empathy and compassion toward animals and help children develop critical thinking skills.
The RedRover Readers program helps children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. RedRover Readers volunteers read in elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, animal shelters and other venues to read to children and lead discussions – helping children develop critical thinking skills and empathy. The program aligns with academic content standards in both the United States and Canada.
Teachers and other community members are welcome to attend the training, which includes how stories about animals illustrate the human-animal bond, using questions to generate critical thinking, tips for reading aloud and for effectively working with children, the relationship between reading and developing empathy, and implementing RedRover Readers discussion and activity guides.
“What a powerful and relevant program! This is a perfect example of what effective teacher trainings and professional development should be. Every educator and professional who works with children should be required to take this course,” said Susan Courtney, a teacher in Los Angeles, California.
Sunday, April 14
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Detroit Zoological Society
8450 W 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI
The workshop fee is $55 and includes RedRover Readers discussion and activity guides, a ID badge, a t-shirt and mandatory volunteer background check.
An application and pre-registration are required. Find more information online, including the application to attend, at www.redrover.org/readers.
Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.redrover.org.
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