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Hosts Jena Ball & Marty Keltz
Jena Ball has been a freelance writer, illustrator and educator for almost 35 years. During that time she focused primarily on environmental, food and memoir writing. She also created an online writing course designed to help students labelled as “underachievers” fall in love with reading and writing stories. She accomplished this by taking them out into nature to record and reflect on their experiences.
The concept for the Not Perfect Hat Club grew out of Jena’s visits to classes with elementary and middle school children across North America during which the kids repeatedly said negative things about their work. “The kids were so hard on themselves,” says Jena. “They would say things like, ‘I can’t draw,’ or ‘my picture is ugly.’ I realized we needed to find a way to help kids set their judgments aside; to trust themselves and the creative process.”
The concept of being perfectly Not Perfect is at the heart of the NPHC project. “Everyone needs to acknowledge that perfect is not an option and that each of us is unique in terms of how we learn and what we have to contribute to the world,” says Jena. In her new book, The Not Perfect Hat Club, each of the characters faces a “Not Perfect” challenge that can only be solved by accepting help from others and admitting that perfect isn’t possible.
Jena can be found blogging at www.CritterKin.com and on Twitter @Jenaiamorane
An Emmy Award-winning producer, Marty Keltz was the co-founder and president of Scholastic Productions, Inc. (1978-1995) and a Senior Vice-President in charge of New Media at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. He led the teams that created The Magic School Bus on PBS, The Indian In the Cupboard, and The Babysitters Club feature films, home videos for Clifford The Big Red Dog, and more than 300 hours of television programming.
As a media producer in both the U.S. and Canada, he has worked with documentary filmmakers, visual effects companies, global brands, the Discovery Channel, and the Alliance Atlantis “Lifetime Channel for a series with True Entertainment on Doctors Without Borders. Early in his career, as publisher of Media & Methods magazine, he broke new ground with a publication for teachers with a focus on quality media products for use in the classroom. As a teacher he brought media into junior high school English classes to teach writing and story development.
Marty can be found blogging at www.CritterKin.com and on Twitter @martysnowpaw