February 24, 2018

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National Geographic Presents…Fun with Nonfiction and the Common Core

A lively discussion with a Teacher, Librarian, Author, and CCSS Expert!

SPONSORED BY: National Geographic and School Library Journal

EVENT DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 24th, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET/11:00 – 12:00 PM PT

Archive Now Available!

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? This webinar collects multiple perspectives to provide teachers, librarians, and parents with a tool-kit to understanding and promoting the goals of the Common Core State Standards. At their heart, the Common Core State Standards are about building knowledge, gaining insights, exploring possibilities, and broadening students’ perspectives. National Geographic has played a part in raising curious kids for 125 years. We’re here to help. Please join us for this livestream presentation!


Margaret Reed Millar – Director, Member Services and Outreach; Council of Chief State School Officers, Common Core State Standards Expert

Margaret Millar is responsible for coordinating CCSSO’s Member Services Department and proactively ensuring the Council’s activities and services fully align with the strategic plan, the vision of the Executive Director, and the emerging needs of the chiefs. Margaret is responsible for ensuring CCSSO maintains current knowledge about the membership, including key issues within and across states, in order to inform the activities and services of the Council.

Marfé Ferguson Delano – Author

Marfé Ferguson Delano’s latest book is Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation (National Geographic, 2013). Her other nonfiction books for children include award-winning biographies of Thomas Edison (Inventing the Future), Albert Einstein (Genius), and Annie Sullivan (Helen’s Eyes), and Earth in the Hot Seat, which won the Green Earth Book Award. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Melissa Jacobs-Israel – Librarian, New York City Department of Education

Melissa Jacobs-Israel is the Coordinator of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education. In that role, she has created the New York City School Librarian Information Sharing Tool (NYCSLIST) Listserv which hosts over 1,000 school librarians in NYC. She has served the past several years as a Committee Member of AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and currently is the Chair of AASL’s newly created committee Best Apps for Teaching and Learning.

Peter Michaud – Teacher, Elementary Educator New Berlin, Wisconsin Geographic Alliance Consultant

Peter Michaud is a sixth grade teacher at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in New Berlin, Wisconsin. He is also a teacher consultant with the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance.

Nick Glass – Founder of TeachingBooks.Net

Nick Glass has thoroughly enjoyed his circuitous professional route to the founding of TeachingBooks.net: an art major, an executive in Major League Baseball, and an MA in the history of education are some of his career experiences. Since starting TeachingBooks.net in 2001, he has been very active in the education, library, and ed technology worlds—sharing strategies for infusing multimedia to generate enthusiasm for books and reading. Nick served on the 2009 John Newbery Medal Committee, the Coretta Scott King Book Award 40th Anniversary Public Awareness Campaign committee, as well as the Caldecott Award 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force. Currently he is serving on the Green Earth Book Award committee.

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  1. Kathryn Harcourt says:

    I noticed that two times are posted for the National Geographic Presents…Fun with Nonfiction and the Common Core webinar: 2-3 PM ET or 3-4 PM ET. Which one is it?

    • Dodie Ownes says:

      The correct start time for this event is 2 pm ET; we’ll get the heading on this page corrected, thank you!

  2. Beth Greff says:

    I forgot to look at all the resources for this webcast before I closed the tab. Will there be access to these resources (lesson plans, etc.) once this webcast is archived?

    • Dodie Ownes Dodie Ownes says:

      Yes, all the resources will still be available in the Resources tab of the audience console. The archive will be available for approx 90 days.

  3. Although I watched the webinar, I would appreciate you posting the web site recommended by the Common Core expert, Margaret Reed Millar.

    Thank you