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
March 2017: Laura Atkins and Molly Woodward will talk about the editorial and writing process of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
Laura Atkins (coauthor) and Molly Woodward (editor) will speak about Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, a middle-grade biography and first in the Fighting for Justice series. The book has had a huge response – receiving a starred review from Kirkus, a review in NBC News and the LA Review of Books, and running out of its first printing within two weeks of the publication date. They will bring a variety of images and some behind the scenes material, share details about the research involved and how the book evolved. Molly will share more about the editorial process.
Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to co-writing Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Laura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at www.lauraatkins.com.
Molly Woodward is a freelance editor and the former children’s acquisitions editor at Heyday, an independent, nonprofit publisher that promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. She also authors her own children’s books. Visit mollywoodward.space to find out more.
May 2017: 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.