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Professional Learning Opportunities

Best New Children's Book 2020

This highly engaging seminar will highlight the best newly published children's books, including picture books, chapter books, novels, graphic novels, folklore, poetry, nonfiction titles, and more! Your instructors read and evaluate each new children's book, then develop fresh, innovative ideas to use in all areas of your curriculum. As a bonus, they also find the best, new web tools and apps to pair with the books they share. Many of the ideas, apps, and online resources are applicable to other books as well. This way, you can pick and choose the new books and activities that are best suited to your students and the priorities of your classroom or library. You'll also learn great ways to use technology to extend your interactions with readers about books in ways they love to learn.

Dates and Registration:

  • Tuesday, April 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm


Unit Design/Building Student Agency through Media Literacy.  This two-part series focuses on tools and resources to support teachers to engage students in critical thinking and design community-centered learning opportunities. 

Dates and Registration:

  • May 12 and 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Forged by Reading
with Kylene Beers and Bob Probst

Bestselling authors Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst explore why independent reading is vital to the intellectual and developmental growth of students as citizens of our world and as architects of the future. Forged by Reading explores historic and timely topics through the context of literacy—literacy being the gateway to power and privilege—while serving as nothing short of a call to action. One that reminds educators of their critical hand in empowering readers to think, to seek curiosity and skepticism, to shape themselves and their ideas through evidence and reason, vision and imagination, and in doing so to forge themselves and our world through reading.

Dates and Registration:

  • Thursday, April 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

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LGBTQ Literature for Youth
with Dr. Bittner

In this webinar, educators will have a chance to hear about new and exciting LGBTQ+ literature for children and teens. From picture books to graphic novels to middle grade and young adult novels, Dr. Bittner will discuss resources to help make your classroom and library spaces even more inclusive and welcoming.

Dates and Registration:

  • Monday, May 10, 2021, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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Library Network

Whether you are a classified librarian, teacher librarian, or district administrator with library oversight, we hope you will join us for three hours of learning, sharing, and networking.  We are meeting four times: twice at our SDCOE main campus and once each at SCREC in National City and NCREC in San Marcos.  Come to one meeting—or come to them all!

Dates and Registration:

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature in the Classroom and Library

Spend two afternoons with some of the biggest names in Native children’s literature such as Debbie Reese, Traci Sorell, Anton Treuer, and more. Learn to avoid problematic, stereotypical portrayals of American Indians and promote this new era of Native literature instead.

Dates and Registration: 

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
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