Want more training but you can’t afford to a) Go somewhere else; b) Take time away from school; or c) Work on someone else’s schedule? ALSC has an answer to this that is quite exciting. Registration will open December 29th for four online asynchronous courses using Moodle.
- “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present, and Future,” taught by ALSC Past President and past Newbery chair Kathleen T. Horning;
- “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books,” taught by Katherine Todd, Adjunct Professor, Manhattanville (NY) College;
- “Sharing Poetry with Children,” taught by Sylvia Vardell, Professor, Texas Women’s University;
- “The Tech-Savvy Booktalker,” taught by Nancy J. Keane, Library Media Specialist, Rundlett Middle School.
To learn more, visit ALSC’s website. There is a limit of only 25 participants for each course so you know these will fill quickly. Don’t miss your opportunity to interact.
In fact, you may even want to set a calendar alert on your cell phone, google calendar, or Outlook calendar. With so many details buzzing in my head every day, I have had to set alerts for: Wake up, GET UP, Pack computer & GO to school, Go HOME, Buy groceries, Nag sons, and Turn off computer to go to bed. Remember when we relied upon people to remind us of these simple daily things?
Speaking of reminders, don’t forget that The Youth Media Awards Press Conference will be held once again Monday morning, 8:00 – 9:30 am. Awards to be announced include the Caldecott, the Newbery, the second annual Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production (administered by ALSC and YALSA and sponsored by Booklist), and more. For the first time, the Pura Belpré Awards, administered by ALSC and REFORMA, are being presented annually. They have been presented every other year since their inception in 1996. If you can’t be in Denver, you may be able to log on to stream the conference. This is the academy awards for children’s literature. When you attend, you witness the crowd’s enthusiasm for their favorites and the sheer hysteria of delight from publishers, agents, editors, and authors.