Professional development training is a frequent part of ACL’s monthly meetings. Experts from ACL and other organizations offer presentations on current and essential topics regarding library service to youth. Below are the professional development topics that are upcoming at ACL meetings; for past meetings’ information view our Professional Development Archive. Find additional professional development resources on our blog.
Upcoming Professional Development Topics
May 12: A Deeper Look at the Reading Process and Helpful Strategies for Reading with Children
We will look at the areas of cognitive processing needed to connect language to meaning to get a better understanding of how complex a process we all use when reading. This provides a way of understanding each reader’s strengths and weaknesses and is used as a tool to see what particular piece children need additional reinforcement when reading is challenging. We will talk about simple strategies to help develop critical thinking, interest, and retention of what is being read to them.
Amber Lamprecht brings extensive experience regarding best practices within literacy instruction. Specifically, she has over 17 years of experience using multi-sensory, research-based remediation programs to help students in a range of mild to severe challenges within literacy and language development. During this time, she has been a Literacy Specialist with ages ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to High School. In addition, Amber has been a clinician, consultant, mentor and national trainer for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes®. She has been an inclusion specialist involved in the IEP process and curriculum modification for high school special education programs and a Training Specialist in the application of reading programs for classrooms for The Behavioral Counseling and Research Center in the San Francisco Bay area. Amber has experience as a clinician, consultant, mentor, senior consultant and trainer for The Reading Clinic in San Francisco, CA. She currently serves as the Clinic Director and Co-founder of The Literacy and Language Center in San Francisco, which has supported the San Francisco area for over ten years. Amber also serves as a partner consultant for The Core Collaborative, which is a national level organization bring best practices, curriculum design and additional training to public schools across the United States. Seeing her students experience “Aha” moments and become avid readers and learners are the reasons she loves what she does.
June 9: What’s New in Children’s Literature
Penny Peck will talk about reading nonfiction books in storytimes ; why and how to incorporate informational books into storytime including concept books; titles of new informational books to use at storytimes; how to pair story books to nonfiction books on the same topic; simple informational books related to the 2017 summer reading themes of “build a better world” and “reading by design.”