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Special December Event for Parents and Educators!

Virtual - Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7 PM - 8 PM

About Laura Beltchenko

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.

Laura was awarded the Illinois North Suburban Library System’s, Library Advocate of the Year for her advocacy of school and public libraries and was also named the Lake County Illinois Innovative Educator by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).  

She is an invited presenter at state and national conventions and conferences on topics such as ELA Standards aligned literacy development, gifted education, social/emotional development using children’s literature, inquiry-based learning, and designing balanced classroom assessments. 

Looking for fresh ways to extend and enrich your child's reading journey?...

Searching for books for a young reader?...

Extending the Joy of Reading by Pairing Books & Creating Picture Book Sets

Program Preview:

Using a wide variety of picture books, award-winning educational consultant, Laura Beltchenko, will share ways to pair picture books and create text sets that expand critical thinking as well as extend the joy many children have in reading books that have similar themes, concepts or on the same topic.

Pairing text develops a metacognitive processes beckoning students to analyze and comprehend explicit as well as inferred meaning while finding and making the connections between the books. This session will present a wide variety of books and genres to help you develop your own text sets for young readers. A bibliography will be shared supporting literary analysis and inquiry based critical and creative thinking...and a bit of poetry will be added for good measure!

Age group focus: Kindergarten - Grade 5

Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 Professional Learning hour credit. IEIN number required.



free for IAGC members

$15.00 for non-members






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Aurora, IL 60506

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