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October 30, 2014

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What’s Happening at the Core? | On Common Core 2014

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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!

Using Nonfiction in the Library, the Classroom and at Home

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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!

Penguin Live! A Webcast with Thirteen Reasons Why Author, Jay Asher!

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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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A Conversation with the 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, 1:00PM – 2:00 PM ET
We are very excited to invite you to join us for a live webcast as we talk with the finalists for the 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; hear a bit about the research, writing, and design of these marvelous books; and learn about what goes into making the best nonfiction titles accessible and engaging to today’s teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event! Archive is now available!

Spring 2014 Librarian Preview Webcast with Lerner Publishing Group

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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!

Listening, Literacy and the Common Core: How Audio Books Improve Reading Ability

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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!

Jeff Kinney Live From Las Vegas!

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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!

National Geographic Presents…Fun with Nonfiction and the Common Core

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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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Ready for Reading: New Early Literacy Resources

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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

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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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Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Kevin Henkes is the creator of nearly 50 books for children. He has written both picture books and novels; his picture books include Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Chrysanthemum; and Kitten’s First Full Moon, a winner of the Caldecott Medal. Among his novels are the Newbery Honor Book Olive’s Ocean and the upcoming middle grade novel The Year of Billy Miller.

Join us to hear Kevin talk about his work, his inspirations, and The Year of Billy Miller–an acclaimed and irresistible story about friendship, siblings, and the perils of elementary school. And take this chance to ask him your questions live! Archive is now available!

Be the Change: Take the Lead on Standards: Common Core and More

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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!

Serving the CCSS and Youth | On Common Core: Part 6

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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!

Ready to Research! Navigating K-3 Curriculum Objectives

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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

Books for Kids: Spring Reading for Growing Minds

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Are you ready for an adventure? With beautiful illustrations, imaginative journeys, and timeless lessons, a great children’s book captures the hearts and minds of all generations. Whether you’re looking for the perfect book to fit in with the Common Core State Standards or you’re just looking to spice up story time, this free webcast is for you. Join Groundwood Books, Teacher Created Materials, and Random House Inc. as they present the best new upcoming books for kids from Shell Education, Archie Comics, National Geographic for Kids, Blue Apple Books, and Quirk Books. This archive is no longer available.

Be the Change: Raise the Bar with Effective Collaborations

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Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET Get the big picture and nitty gritty on what you need to about how to pull off collaborations that work–with peers, principals, public libraries, parents, and others—using partnerships as well as technology to turn gaps into opportunities for learning and leadership.Archive now available!!

Fall 2013 Librarian Preview

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Thursday, May 9, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in Fall 2013. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s new series, nonfiction titles, 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. This archive is no longer available

B-Ready: Building College and Career Readiness with Digital Resources

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Monday, May 6, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET School librarians play a key role in ensuring that students have the tools and knowledge to succeed. Now, in light of the Common Core’s increased emphasis on college, career, and world readiness, is your school library equipped with the right next-generation digital resources for mastering 21st century skills? What criteria should librarians use to evaluate the digital resources available to students? And how can you best coach students to look at the resources they encounter online with the same discerning eye?

Using examples from Britannica Digital Learning’s exciting portfolio of digital solutions, this webinar will illustrate valuable criteria that school librarians can apply when evaluating online resources to support digital literacy development. Participants also will learn a new approach, using a third-party rubric, for guiding students through the objective assessment of resources they find when reading or researching online. This archive is no longer available

Be the Change: Make the Administrator Connection

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Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET Hear from school administrators about how to work with them to make the library central to the school’s strategic direction–help shape the school’s future to better serve our kids, make a mark that matters, and get noticed for it. Archive Now Available!

Engage Young Learners with National Geographic Kids!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Engage students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, and child-focused content that will bring them the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. This archive is no longer available