February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Finding a Formula for Independent Reading


Sponsored by: School Library Journal and Brain Hive®


Register NowAs educators, we recognize that independent reading is a key ingredient to any well-rounded and successful literacy program. But we have yet to fully understand why some programs work and others don’t. In this informational webcast, we’ll explore the latest research and philosophies behind independent reading to unlock some of the mysteries around student engagement and motivation — including things K–12 schools can do to redefine independent results—and you’ll get practical ideas for building an affordable, engaging, and effective independent reading program in your school.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of research white paper, Providing Time for Teacher-Guided Independent Reading: A Synthesis of Research and Expert Opinion and hear examples of successful program from leading librarians from around the country.


  • Laurie Friedman is the author of many award-winning books for children including her newest series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair.
  • Carolyn Foote is a “techno-librarian”–interested in how technology changes impact library services and students.
  • Sherry Gick is the Library and Instructional Technology Specialist for Rossville Consolidated Schools in Rossville, Indiana.
  • Dawn Nelson is the Instructional Media and Technology Coordinator with Osseo (MN) Area Schools, a suburban Minneapolis district of with 21,000 students.
  • Andy Plemmons is the School Library Media Specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary.
  • Terri Soutor is President and one of three founders of Brain Hive, LLC, which launched in June 2012 as a division of Lerner Universal Corporation.


  • Kathy Ishizuka – Executive Editor, School Library Journal

Register Now

Can’t make it on September 24th? No problem! Register now and you will get an email reminder from School Library Journal post-live event when the webcast is archived and available for on-demand viewing at your convenience!

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