Bookform will partner with Athena’s Advanced Academy to pilot the ‘Family Book’ project in their online summer course program.
Athena’s Advanced Academy is an online learning environment, delivering project-based and interactive live webinar classes for gifted, talented and home-school students.
Athena’s Advanced Academy was created by Dr. Kirsten L. Stein, Ed.D. who has been involved in the field of education for three decades. She graduated with a B.S. in Education and taught elementary school in the public school system. During her time as a classroom teacher, she spearheaded the district’s involvement in inclusion practices and the use of paraprofessionals in the classroom.
Dr. Stein continued her own education and earned her M.A. Education degree with a focus on team building. And continued to be involved in the field of education while homeschooling her profoundly gifted children. She applied her background as an educator and formed Athena’s Advanced Academy to broaden the scope of learning for gifted children. This passion was her doctoral focus in earning her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Kirsten strives to create a supportive community of parents and learners through her roles as C.E.O. and Instructor at Athena’s Advanced Academy.
The Bookform pilot project will be overseen by Athena’s Advanced Academy’s Online Course Facilitator, Dr. Monita Leavitt. Dr. Leavitt is an international gifted education specialist, author of Building a Gifted Program: Identifying and Educating Students in Your School (2007), contributing author of Exceptional Needs Standards (2010), co-authored Let it Flow (2014), and chapter author of Make them Shine (2015) and Your Passport to Gifted Education (2017).
Former Affiliate Director of California’s Future Problem Solving Program. Dr. Leavitt taught a gifted program for 25 years in CT and lectures internationally, including at the World Gifted Conferences.
Athena’s Advanced Academy will pilot ‘The Family Book’ project using Bookform’s online program to guide students to collect stories from their family or people in their community as ‘Social Emotional Learning’, that also produces a polished book product the students are proud to present and families can treasure forever.
Students collect stories and photos using:
Q&A template questions guide interviews and new conversations.
Voice-to-text AI instantly captures spoken stories in audio & text.
Collaboration enables invited family to automatically contribute content & photos directly into the book.
All content can be edited, rearranged or deleted and is private until shared.
Digital & Print book – all content is automatically collated into sections & chapters of a printable digital book. Books can be shared online or printed on-demand.
Students share their stories in the classroom for peer bonding and collaborative editing in lessons on literacy, history and culture.
Successful pilots completed last year with The King’s School and Tangara Girls doing the ‘Write of Passage’ project at Arcare Aged Care Homes. The projects were featured on national television on the Channel 7 Sunrise show and the teachers received awards from the Education Minister on ‘World Teacher’s Day’.
The book presentation ceremonies on Grandparent’s Day saw crowds of students, their families, residents and their families, come together over the shared bonding experience and the joy of a tangible keepsake to treasure forever.
Teachers invite students to contribute stories and photos about their holiday experiences. Each student’s story creates a chapter in a collaborative book, as a creative writing and story-sharing project.
Students interview their family members using template questions and voice-to-text AI (most languages), so Grandparents and extended family can speak their stories directly into the book. Invited family can also contribute their stories, ancestry information, and photos through automated links.
Students interview people in the community as a community service activity. For example, students go into aged care or migrant communities to help create their memoirs or collate precious cultural oral histories. For education, cultural development and wellbeing.