April 23, 2018

#11624 Using Children’s Literature that Supports Reading and Writing, Three Workshops in One!

Make the most of your professional development with an opportunity to have hands on experience with picture books and a host of other ideas to get your classroom ready for next school year. Three presentations will be presented in one day to pique your interest in using more picture books in your Pre-K-5th grade classrooms. Together we will explore books, strategies and connect these to the Common Core Standards to include in your lessons plans and units of study! Laura is the ELA Content Specialist for the State of Illinois and a Gifted Consultant. Take advantage of this affordable opportunity to hear one of the most knowledgeable presenters in the ELA field. Her presentation will help you work with ALL students in your classroom.

Part I: Using Picture Books and Books with Pictures, the Stories They Tell and What Children Can Learn from them. In this session, participants will experience the whole book approach to using children’s literature for read alouds as well as matching children with books. Together we will explore how the physicality of the book the art work and the words create visual interplay that leads to enhanced vocabulary, close reading comprehension development. Please attend this workshop as we will explore something tried and true and new books on the market that you and your students will enjoy.

Part II: Primary Readers as Super Sleuths: Developing Readers as Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers Through Mystery Stories. Using a variety of picture books and developmentally appropriate early novels, we will explore the genre of “mystery”. This session will advise educators how to create an enriching literacy environment that develops and advances the skill set of problem solving as well as critical and create thinking. A bibliography of texts will be shared to start your super sleuths on the path of reading between the lines and become detectives of literary investigation.

Part III: Selecting and Utilizing Multicultural and Culturally Relevant Children’s Literature to Understand Ourselves and Others. We live in a diverse and ever changing global society. Quality picture books and informational narrative texts will be the lens by which our above average/gifted students can view themselves and the perception of others. Differences between diverse, multicultural and culturally relevant literature will be examined. This session demonstrates how noted authors and illustrators create valuable literary experiences through the stories they tell and the pictures that make words come alive. Carefully created bibliographies, and notable web links will support attendees transfer to classroom use supporting our above average/gifted learners. Empathy, self-realization, and perspectives of other will be discussed using critical and creative thinking.

Date: October 24, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $125

Location: ROE Moline

Audience:   PreK-5th Grade General, Special Ed and Gifted Teachers, Librarians, Literacy/RtI/Intervention Coaches and Reading Specialists

Presenter: Laura Beltchenko

Registration Deadline: 10/17/2018


#11621 Makerspaces/Genius Hour

“A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.”  (Diana Rendina)  Looking for a NEW idea?  This maybe just what you are looking for-Come learn about the Maker Movement sweeping the educational world!  This workshop is for those who are interested in what a Makerspace is and what it can look like within a school setting.  A Makerspace can be simple or it can be elaborate.  Participants will explore Makerspaces and the research that supports them.  Genius hour is an instructional strategy that allows students to be creative and explore topics of their choice is a guided learning environment.  Genius hour allows student choice in what they learn during a set period of time within a classroom environment.  The idea of Genius hour grew out of a practice used by Google.  “Google, allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet proect that they want.  The idea behind this is very simple.  Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up.  Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period.”  (Chris Kesler, Genius Hour) Resources and ideas will be shraed for those who hope to start a Makerspace or a Genius Hour within their classroom or school.

Date:  June 18, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Dara Carr
Registration Deadline:  6/11/2018

#11620 Two Interesting Topics-One Great Day of Professional Learning with The Growth Mindset and Teaching GRIT!

“Mindset” by Carol Dweck presents the “growth mindset” as the most essential element of success and happiness in life.  A growth mindset is a perspective on life in which we find validation from internal growth rather than external rewards: Who we become is what we take forward forever.”  “Through extensive research, Angela Duckworth and her team have proven that the common denominator among spelling bee finalists, successful West Point cadets, salespeople and teachers who not only stick with, but improve in their performance is grit.”  This two-part workshop will first-focus on how do we instill a growth mindset in our students, AND how we as teachers can promote a growth mindset with in our classrooms.  The key is looking at how we frame success, and the language we use to do so.  It doesn’t require doing more, just an adjustment to how we already do things.  Second, this workshop will focus on a learned personality trait known as grit.  Those who have this trait are able to perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by obstacles and distractions.  Participants will learn strategies that will help teachers model and teach grit.

Date:  June 21, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $125.00
Audience:  Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Dara Carr
Registration Deadline:  6/14/2018

PRICE REDUCED #11612 Looking to Fill Your Teaching Toolbox with Great Reading Strategies? Here’s Your Workshop!

No matter what reading series your district uses, these simple yet extremely effective strategies will take your beginning readers to the next level and fast. Here’s Your Workshop!  No matter what reading series your district uses, these simple yet extremely effective strategies will take your beginning readers to the next level and fast. As a reading specialist seeing a great need for supplements to most reading series, I developed a toolbox full of strategies that will help all beginning readers. The tools you will learn about are a marriage of Serravallo’s Reading strategies, and the ever famous Beanie Baby strategies. I have broken down all that beginning readers need and created a toolbox full of strategies that truly work. Tools cover skills necessary for pre-emergent to beginning readers. (Grades K-2) Join us to learn, create, and prepare your toolbox for the new learning standards!

Date:  July 18, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $25.00
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  K-2nd Grade Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Jenny Marmion
Registration Deadline:  7/11/2018