Weekly Webcast Recap

Hot YA Reads Summer 2017

May 9, 1:00 pm Central

Get up-to-speed on fresh new titles for young-adult readers, from fantasy, to contemporary realism, to large print titles perfect for reluctant readers. This free, one-hour webinar will feature representatives from Blink, an imprint of HarperCollins, Harlequin Teen, Thorndike Press, Penguin Young Readers, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Moderated by Books for Youth Senior Editor, Sarah Hunter. Register

The Hottest Graphic Novels of Spring 2017

Library Journal
May 17, 2:00pm Eastern

Join Brigid Alverson, Editor and Writer at School Library Journal, along with a panel of insiders who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting book shelves this spring. You’ll hear all about upcoming releases from Diamond Books, Viz Media and Dark Horse Books, including Bitch Planet 2, Walking Dead 27, Motor Crush, Animosity, and more! Register

Text Complexity: Best Practices for Matching Students and Texts

May 10, 4:00pm Eastern

For decades, educators have known that quality instruction requires a careful matching of materials and students. However, selecting appropriate reading material for students can be difficult. What makes a text “hard?” What’s the best way to measure students’ reading abilities? How do we ensure our students are gaining the skills needed to read increasingly complex texts?
Join Dr. Nancy Frey, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, for a research-driven webinar focused on the quantitative and qualitative factors of text complexity as well as the ways in which readers can be matched with texts and tasks. In this interactive session, Dr. Frey will examine how close reading of complex texts can build students’ reading comprehension strategies and allow them to develop the skills necessary to read like a detective.
During this session, you will learn how to:

  • Become familiar with quantitative and qualitative tools for analyzing texts
  • Consider reader and task demands and how they influence teaching
  • Utilize these qualitative measures to plan instruction
  • Explore close-reading strategies that can help students read more complex texts

The ability to read complex texts is an essential element of college and career readiness. Matching students and texts, and then scaffolding students towards more complex texts, can help build the skills needed for success after graduation. All PreK-12+ educators, librarians, and administrators interested in ensuring all students can achieve today’s rigorous college and career readiness expectations are invited to attend this engaging event. There will be time for a Q&A segment after the presentation. Register

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