CONNECTING THE DOTS: Here's an event aiming to celebrate creativity and the teachers who inspire it: International Dot Day makes a lot of a little thing. It began when Waterloo, Iowa music teacher Mr. Terry Shay and his class fell in love with the book, The Dot, the story of a caring teacher who inspires a reluctant student to "make her mark." The book was originally published on September 15, 2003--hence the celebration. Now FableVision Learning along with partners such as the Boston Children's Museum have put some muscle behind the program. Along with the site, they're sharing a delightfully illustrated "educators handbook" of materials, drawn by The Dot author-artist Peter Reynolds. The handbook is free once you've registered with FableVision. More than 320,000 students are expected to be making their mark on September 15th.