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IRC WORKSHOP SERIES HELD ONLINE DURING OCTOBER 2022

The Illinois Reading Council is excited to present the online IRC Workshop Series that will feature 2-hour workshops on timely topics with the following outstanding literacy leaders in education.  Registration for all 3 workshops is $125 for members or $170 for non-members.  To register yourself, click on the "Register today" link shown above.  For school districts wanting to register multiple educators, you can use the Group Registration Form to submit by fax to the IRC Office.

WILEY BLEVINS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022
6:00 to 8:00 pm CST

High-Impact Phonics Routines

In this session, participants will explore the phonics instructional routines that maximize  student growth in reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding) words, such as blending, dictation, word building, and reading and writing about decodable texts.

Participants also have the option to watch the recorded workshop until November 30th!

BETSY BIRD AND
ANASTASIA HIGGINBOTHAM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022
6:00 to 8:00 pm CST

Who's Afraid of Childhood?

When you ban books from a child’s life, you are essentially banning that child from themself. After all, where else can a child look to find themselves better than in the books that they select? Children's book authors Anastasia Higginbotham and Betsy Bird believe this to be true. Join them as, together, they discuss the banning of kids’ books in both a historical and personal context.  In this discussion, celebrated children’s librarian Betsy Bird will delve into the three great waves of book banning of children's books that have occurred in the last 50 years, and will provide evidence as to why this current moment differs. Anastasia Higginbotham, whose Ordinary Terrible Things series for kids is frequently the subject of book bans, will discuss her experiences of being a banned author. She will also give attendees a chance to reflect on forbidden information and ask us to consider what we may sometimes want to keep out of children’s direct access without a trusted someone helping them to process it and give it context. Following their presentations, Erik Parsons, Assistant Editor for the Illinois Reading Council Journal, will moderate a brief discussion with the authors and attendees.

Participants also have the option to watch the recorded workshop until November 30th!

MATTHEW R. KAY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2022
6:00 to 8:00 Pm

Structuring Your Dialogic Curriculum

This session encourages teachers to examine the pedagogical choices that we all make when discussing race in the classroom. Teachers are guided through reflections of their various classroom conversation structures, and we discuss what they might need to not only make each one more efficient, but to manage the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when they are used for classroom race conversations. Then we explore the “little but powerful” decisions that are made with our dialogic pedagogy; learning how to choose the best texts, how to craft the best discussion prompts, how to know when the best time for debate (and then how to structure one), generally how to craft the most meaningful classroom race discussions.

Participants also have the option to watch the recorded workshop until November 30th!

 

 

Registration Details Include

  • Registered participants can earn up to 6 PD clock hours for the IRC Workshop Series. 
  • Registered participants will have the option of watching the recorded workshops until November 30, 2022 for clock hours.
  • Registration for all 3 workshops is $125 for members or $170 for non-members that includes 1-year of IRC membership.  There are also discounted registration rates for retired and preservice teachers. 
  • For school districts wanting to register multiple educators, you can use the Group Registration Form to submit by fax to the IRC Office. 

Register today!

 

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