From reluctant readers and English language learners to kids with special needs, students of all backgrounds and abilities can benefit by using ebooks. Join us as our expert panel of school librarians discusses ways to use ebooks to promote literacy across a variety of student populations. During this free webcast, we’ll explore proven techniques for leveraging ebooks to help meet the instructional needs of different types of students. Plus, you’ll glean practical tips on the best ways to engage readers of all ages and reading levels. Archive is now available!
Join us for a FUN and exclusive webinar with the international and New York Times bestselling author as he discusses The Treehouse Series, his newest (and funniest) middle grade series about the writing process. Andy will discuss The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehouse, the first two books in The Treehouse Series that stars himself (Andy) and the illustrator of the series (Terry) and follows them through the creative writing process. The question is: Can Andy and Terry finish writing their next book while living in an amazing treehouse with distractions like flying cats, giant bananas, bumper cars, and a marshmallow shooter? Archive is now available!
Shake off the winter doldrums with a sneak peek at exciting new teen titles coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lerner Publishing Group this spring. From a basketball ball-playing poet (Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover) to a dragon-slaying teen in an alternative US (E. K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen) to a modern-day Nancy Drew (Beth Fantaskey’s Buzz Kill) to a girl reconciling with her father (Corinne Demas’s Returning to Shore), the teens featured in these YA books will draw in readers. Archive is now available!
For the past year and a half, author and Rutgers University lecturer Marc Aronson, and Sue Bartle, the school library system director at New York’s Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, have been traversing the country presenting workshops on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for teachers and librarians. In this session, they report on what they have been seeing and hearing on their travels with a focus on the successes, both small and large, that educators have made in implementing the CCSS. They provide listeners with a collection of ideas and resources to use in the classroom. Register Now!
Educators have witnessed the power of children’s and young adult literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, differentiate instruction, and understand the potential of multimodal texts to transform classrooms. In this webcast, Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Dawes, co-authors of Teaching with Text Sets, take educators on a nuanced tour of the role of multimodal, multigenre text sets in the classroom. An overview of text sets and a discussion of the presenters’ process for creating them offer attendees instructional models to serve as blueprints for curriculum building. Register Now!
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place considerable emphasis on genre. In this presentation, Nell K. Duke, co-author of Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K to 8 Classrooms, explains how the CCSS address genre in the reading and writing standards. She shares examples of projects that engage students in authentic reading and writing specific genres highlighted in the CCSS, and describe the ways in which school librarians can provide impetus and support for these kinds of projects.
Four years after the first Common Core State Standards (CCSS) arrived in pilot states, educators are still grappling to understand them, assemble appropriate materials, and adjust curriculum and teaching methodologies. During this free webcast we will take a look at the current state of the Common Core, hear from experts in the field on issues surrounding implementation, and explore publishers’ responses to the CCSS. Archive is now available!
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT Join us for our Nonfiction Webcast to be sure you have the latest releases ready for your readers. Our featured panelists from Gale (part of Cengage Learning), Scholastic Library Publishing and ReferencePoint Press will discuss the trends in nonfiction, hot new releases, and upcoming titles. Archive is now available!
Monday, March 3rd, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET New York Times bestseller and teen favorite Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher continues to inspire empathy and anti-bullying discussion in schools across America. Join us to hear Jay talk about his work, his inspiration, and Thirteen Reasons Why—a powerful story that broaches the sensitive issues faced by high schoolers today. We encourage you to set up an assembly for this Livestream Event so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate.
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Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this spring! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in spring 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy. Archive is now available!
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Audiobooks are a proven literacy resource, which is why they’ve been used in classrooms for decades. The benefits of listening to audiobooks are many, including enhanced vocabulary, fluency and listening skills.This webinar will feature Tales2Go users and advocates, Shannon Sullivan and Katherine Orlando, who will share what Tales2Go has done to aide their instruction in and out of the classrooms.Archive is now available!
Monday, November 4th, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story? Jeff Kinney tells all about Greg’s leaving it to chance in this one hour live-streaming event, and will answer your questions live! Archive is now available!
Thursday, October 24th, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Everybody’s talking Common Core. And there’s lots of buzz about the increased focus on nonfiction. But wait, don’t let your eyes glaze over! At National Geographic, we think nonfiction is fun. So get ready for an entertaining discussion about how kids can have fun learning as we cover such informative topics as…What is reading anyway? What makes nonfiction authentic? How can nonfiction engage kids, inspire critical thinking, and spark their curiosity about the world?
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Join Rachel Payne, Coordinator, Early Childhood Services at Brooklyn Public Library for a free webcast with Upstart and Free Spirit Publishing, and discover new resources for early literacy programs and materials for collections serving young children. This live webcast takes place on Wednesday, October 30th at 3:00PM ET / Noon PT. Archive is now available!
Holy Bagumba! An exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book authors Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka
Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:00-1:00 PM ET Join Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature emeritus Jon Scieszka as they discuss Kate’s latest book FLORA & ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES and the importance of humor in children’s literature. Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie. In her new genre-bending novel Flora & Ulysses, Kate delivers a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ETWhether your district is Common Core or not, its arrival and collision with the broad digital transition create unmatched opportunity for librarians to take leadership on meeting standards using their collection development and technology skills–mixing up materials and tools, stepping up the professional development role with teachers, innovating on the collection level, informing curriculum, and integrating digital tools.Archive now available!
What resources do librarians have in their collections that meet the goals of the Common Core initiative? How will the Common Core State Standards influence the decisions school and public librarians will be making as they continue to develop their collections? What specifically should educators be looking for in the resources they select? Join Kathleen Odean, librarian, speaker, reviewer, university instructor, and the author of guides to children’s titles as she discusses the books that engage children and meet the goals of the CCSS. Archive now available!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Common Core State Standards require that we build strong research habits from the earliest grades. Calls for:
· Increased exposure to informational text
· Preparation for the rigors of text-based discussion and evaluation
· Emphasis on writing, comprehension and collaboration
All point toward the need to begin the habits of good research with our youngest students.
Join a lively presentation and discussion with Cobb County, GA elementary media specialists Ellen Adams and Tina Launey to learn how they are using Capstone’s PebbleGo database to motivate students, master curriculum objectives and prepare their students for a lifetime of learning! This archive is no longer available