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Reading Instruction, Critical Thinking and Picture Books
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When: 02/24/2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: St. John's Parish Day School
9130 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, Maryland  21042
United States

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Category: Direct Instruction and Hands-on


Reading Instruction, Critical Thinking, and Picture Books:  The Workshop "You Don't Think You Need That Will Transform How You & Your Students Approach Texts!"


This professional development session explores new ways of looking at children's literature.  Framed around the question "why do you suppose the author, illustrator, or editor made this choice?", teachers are introduced to elements of picture books (end papers, gutters, bleeds, etc.) to develop critical analysis with their students.  


Teachers will leave with new ways of analyzing picture books, exposure to multiple new texts across genres and formats, and tools to continue their own learning on picture books and children's literature.  


AIMS Members: $40 (through February 10th) or $50 (After February 10th)
NON AIMS Members: $80 (through February 10th) or $90 (After February 10th)


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after February 14th.


Presenter Info:  

Jennifer Zwillenberg holds a Doctor of Education in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education from Loyola University as a Reading Specialist, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins in Secondary English. She is currently a visiting associate professor at Loyola University of Maryland and has served as the division director for literacy at Loyola Clinical Centers.


She also has eight years of classroom teaching experience at the middle school level as well as over ten years of providing professional development for educators, with a focus on coaching elementary school teachers in reading development and literacy across the content areas.


Dr. Zwillenberg has published as well as presented at numerous conferences about students’ reading development; child, adolescent, and young adult literature; teachers’ professional growth; and learner support across the K-12 spectrum.  Her research has received multiple awards and recognition, including being cited as one of ten most promising research-to-action dissertations from the American Library Association in their flagship magazine, American Libraries.


Dr. Zwillenberg grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Maryland when she received her first teaching position. She is married and has been living in Baltimore city for over twelve years.  Her own small readers include her son, whose passion for historical fiction resulted in a Revolutionary War-themed 7th birthday party, and her daughter, who is currently obsessed with a pigeon who wants to drive the bus.


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