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Scott's school visits are widely acclaimed across the nation. Comments
like *I'm still receiving thanks from the teachers whose classes
she visited,* to *The passion she has for the work and her willingness
to share it with others is inspirational,* are typical phrases that
fill her correspondence files. Elaine loves reading, writing, and
children, and her delight in sharing that love with others is contagious.
Using a mixture of slides and personal anecdotes, Elaine talks about
her writing career, encouraging creativity, research, and perseverance.
OF EACH PRESENATION AND GRADE LEVEL
45-50 minute presentation is informative, yet lighthearted, emphasizing
the joy that writing has brought to her and offering it as an equally
joyful experience to her young audiences. She can speak to kindergarten
through high school.
OF SESSIONS PER DAY
prefers to do three presentations a day and finds a fourth presentation
tiring. However, if the situation calls for it, she will do a fourth.
Presentations * Elaine will work with schools and other organizations
to tailor her presentation in a way that addresses specific topics
or curriculum emphasis, such as research, writing techniques, organization
of material, and creativity in non-fiction writing. Elaine's presentations
serve as a tool to reinforce and support the work that is going
on in the classroom.
Presentations * Elaine will talk about the astronauts and the adventures
of repairing the Hubble as well as the wealth of scientific information
it provided. Since she met the crew who did the repairs, she talks
about her experiences and conversations with them. Books mentioned
in this presentation include When Is a Planet Not a Planet?
The Story of Pluto and Mars and the Search for Life
as well as Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble
and Close Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble
*Images of the Sacred in Children's Literature* Presentation * An
essay which Elaine wrote for the Beverly Cleary retrospective that
comprised the Spring 1995 issue of the Oregon English Journal
is titled *Witches, Owls and Black-nosed Sheep: Ramona's Spiritual
Journey.* That essay led to the development of another program that
Elaine is frequently asked to present titled, *Images of the Sacred
in Children's Literature* that features excerpts from the work of
Beverly Cleary, Katherine Paterson, and E.B. White. The work is
theirs...the spiritual interpretation is Elaine's.
addition to her school visits, schedule permitting, Ms. Scott is
available to teach writing workshops to children and adults. She
has been a featured presenter at Pathways to Literacy, has taught
in the Mesquite (TX) Young Writer's Conference, has been the keynote
speaker at Rising Star Young Writer's Conference in Austin (TX),
and has taught writing workshops at Rice University, the University
of Houston, and Texas Woman's University, among others.
*The Bare Bones of Writing,* her writing workshops usually last
about an hour and a half, but this is flexible depending on the
needs of the organization and the time frame of her visit.
Scott is very comfortable speaking at all kinds of conferences.
She has addressed the National Council of Teachers of English, the
Children's Literature in the Curriculum (CLIC) conference at North
Texas State University, and the Young Adult Conference at Sam Houston
State University, among others.
to Steve Spangler (www.stevespanglerscience.com),
who heard her speak at one science conference, Elaine Scott should
be a featured speaker at every science conference in the country!
two hours to two days, Elaine teaches faculty how to enhance and
support classroom instruction with her books.
slide projector and screen, or a Powerpoint projector, computer
and screen. Also, a room that can be darkened.
AS FAR AHEAD AS POSSIBLE
best to have several dates in mind and to plan as far ahead as possible.
Ms. Scott's calendar is often booked a year in advance.
honorarium is $1,200 a day, plus expenses, and this is for three
programs. If a fourth program is needed, her honorarium is $1,500
a day, plus expenses. Also, two schools can split a day, with two
visits at one in the morning, and two at another in the afternoon.
local visits in Houston: Elaine charges $500 and expenses if the
school wants just one session; $900 and expenses if two sessions
are requested, $1,200 and expenses for three sessions, and $1,500
and expenses for four. Again, two schools can split a day, as described
The school or organization generally books her into a hotel that
offers meals and then pays the hotel bill and meal costs. If they
prefer to pay her expenses on a per diem basis, she would charge
$100 a day for lodging and $55 a day for meals.
school or organization also generally pays directly for transportation.
However, if the transportation involved her driving to/from her
home in Houston, the charge is 57.5 cents per mile (mileage at the
federal government rate). (Any personal driving she does, she would
of course pay for herself.) Even if she's driving to your town,
however, it would be much wiser if the school or organization would
have someone pick her up from
her hotel and bring her back and forth from the schools. This would
relieve the stress of her possibly getting lost and being late for
especially about the expenses (travel, hotel, and meals), click
the "Arrange An Appearance" button and see "General
Information on the Cost of an Author Appearance" as well as
the 'Honorariums' section near the bottom of "How to Plan an
you for writing such wonderful books for us to learn and talk about.
We especially enjoyed Twins. -- Ms. Garcia's 3rd grade
class, March 11, 2003
is fabulous! She is engaging and interesting for children and adults
alike. The book she highlighted with slides and interesting stories
was Adventure in Space: the Flight to Fix the Hubble. I
thoroughly enjoyed her! -- Kim
Lehman, Youth Specialist, Austin Public Library
was a great pleasure to have you at our school. I have heard many
positive comments about your visit. I hope our paths will cross
again. I truly enjoyed meeting you. -- Beverly Bryan
Scott is a real trooper! Her enthusiasm for the topics she writes
about is contagious and children love to hear her stories about
research and writing. A perfect presentation. -- Jeanette Larson,
Austin Public Library
contact Balkin Buddies at tel. 727 378 419 if you are unable to
reach any references)
speaking to adults:
Betty Carter, email email@example.com,
Mary Berry, Chair Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State
University, Huntsville, Texas, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel. 409-294-1150
Larson, email email@example.com
McCreary, Ass't Dir. of Reading, Texas Education Agency, email firstname.lastname@example.org
speaking to children:
Carr, Director of Library Resources, El Paso ISD, El Paso TX, tel. 915-779-4139
McGown, Lower School Librarian, St. John's School, Houston, TX,
Evans, Librarian, Overlook Elementary School, Glenside, PA, tel. 215-242-2855,
Boyd, Lead Librarian, Burkburnett ISD, Wichita Falls, TX, email
Lou Hodges, Rees Elementary School, Alief ISD, email email@example.com
Spangler at www.stevespanglerscience.com
Morrison, retired librarian, El Paso ISD, email firstname.lastname@example.org