Author Archives: Ruth Feldman

Ridley whirlwind in Washington County!

IRW’s spring community program, Alewives: Small Fish, Big Impact, has officially kicked off in Washington County, starting with visits by Kimberly Ridley, author of The Secret Bay, at four elementary schools. Over two weeks, IRW and Kimberly rode a whirlwind to schools across the county: Jonesport, Pembroke, Sipayik (Pleasant Point), and Edmunds. We also visited […]

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Poet and artist Calef Brown at Vinalhaven, Milbridge, and Deer Isle – Stonington

Award-winning poet and artist Calef Brown is seriously whimsical. During the first three days of February he visited three schools with IRW, where his passion for imaginative wordplay and bright, funny illustrations sparked the excitement of many children in grades PreK-8. With three of his most fanciful books, Flamingos on the Roof, Boy Wonders, and […]

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“Poet Guy” Paul Janeczko brings a love of poetry to Jonesport, Lubec, and Charlotte

Jonesport, Lubec and Charlotte with poet, anthologist and author (baseball enthusiast) Paul Janeczko – it sounds like a listing poem, but it’s actually a who-and-where for some great IRW school visits during November 16 – 18. In Fall 2015, Paul worked with teachers at Jonesport and Lubec in IRW’s first Professional Learning Community setting and, […]

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IRW presents at Island Teachers Conference

Despite earlier stormy and precarious weather that hindered travel, IRW was able to participate in and present at the Island Teachers Conference on October 30 in Belfast. The theme of sustainability was a natural tie-in for the IRW workshop, Reflect to Learn, Learn to Reflect. Program Director Ruth Feldman led 20 participants in an active, […]

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Cindy Lord heads Downeast

In early November, IRW brought Cynthia Lord on a much-anticipated Downeast tour. Especially exciting was the fact that, in addition to a return visit to Beals Elementary School, she was visiting two new IRW partner schools: Beatrice Rafferty School in Sipayik (Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation) and Edmunds Consolidated School. All three schools read and received […]

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Outer Islands students get together in Bangor, learn about Exploration

IRW was in bustling downtown Bangor on October 22 to meet up with the Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Consortium (TLC) – outer island students and teachers (and chaperones) who come onto the mainland for 2-3 days for an immersion excursion. This year the theme has been exploration and space exploration. Who better than Dr. […]

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Island-hopping with Ellen Potter!

Maine writer Ellen Potter recently traveled to three outer islands with Island Readers & Writers aboard the Maine Seacoast Mission’s 75 ft. Sunbeam V. Ellen’s latest series, Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, is themed around young kids who live on an island and are ferried to school by lobster boat. What better way to […]

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First visit of the school year!

Ruth Feldman and Alison Johnson of IRW arrived at the Trenton Elementary School early on a crisp fall September day. Walking into the school, they couldn’t help but notice the positive energy – from the bulletin board about “Mindset” to the sparkling cleanliness, there was a sense of ownership and pride by all. Maine author […]

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Two new partnerships announced!

IRW has two awesome partnerships to announce – and they’re both involved in one brand-new Fall 2015 project! IRW has brought on board a new author partner, warmly welcoming Ellen Potter to our ever-growing roster of talented authors/illustrators. Ellen has authored over a dozen books and her latest chapter books, Piper Green and the Fairy […]

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