Illinois Association for Gifted Children

Beyond the Booklist: Nurturing Readers Who Assimilate and Ponder "What and Why" They Read

  • 12/08/2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online
  • 74

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Selecting and reading a book has many facets of consideration, especially for advanced readers. Finding appropriate texts is important, but supporting and nurturing thoughtful readers involves much more...

The "what and why" of literary applications will be the main topics of this book rich conversation. How students take in and synthesize what they read will be discussed with a lens on what is appropriate for their reading propensity as well as that is a relevant fit and match for their maturational development.  

Our conversation will discuss picture books, novels and other literary selections for curious readers. Parents and educators will leave with a list of rich texts to explore, as well as a wealth of new ideas to add depth, meaning, and enjoyment to a child's reading experience.

About the Presenter:

Laura Beltchenko is veteran educator with a passion for student motivation and engagement in all thing’s literacy.  Her career in public education includes classroom teacher, reading specialist, as well as teacher and coordinator of gifted programs. Her public education career culminated as an associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for a K-12-unit school district. Now in her “encore career”, Laura is committed to the professional development of teachers supporting the implementation of best practice literacy instruction. Laura believes in the use of high-quality children’s literature as a vehicle to support both the cognitive and affective development of all ages of students. Her personal children’s literature collection is vast and weaves an appreciation of quality authors and illustrators. She is an active member of the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books and long-time member of the Reading Leadership Institute both with roots at National Louis University. (To read more about Laura Beltchenko, please visit the IAGC website.)

Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 PD Hour Credit.





Contact Us:

Illinois Association for Gifted Children

1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506

Ph: 630-907-5047
Fax: 630-907-5976

Email us at:

Director@iagcgifted.org


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