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Lit Camp for Teachers-May 5, 2018


Breakout sessions during this morning are designed to help you focus on what matters in your classroom:  Re-energize your reading and writing instruction!

Date-May 5, 2018
Location-Woodland Intermediate, Gurnee (1115 N. Hunt Club Rd Gurnee, IL 60031)
Time-8:00 am – noon
Snacks will be provided

Registration fee is $20.00-Pay at the door.


Unlocking Opportunities by Deciding Not to “Do It All”-Wired Wednesday Webinar 3/7/2018

Join us at Woodland Intermediate, Gurnee (1115 N. Hunt Club Rd Gurnee, IL 60031) 6:00-8:00 pm on March 7, 2018, to collaborate with colleagues through a moderated discussion and then learn how to not “Do It All” with Janet Allen.  Refreshments will be provided are included in the $10.00 registration fee.


With ever-changing educational mandates, new programs, and many voices about best practice, it can become challenging to unlock what matters most in terms of our students’ literacy and learning. In this webinar, Janet will share how she learned to “stand on the shoulders of giants” to help re ne her thinking and practice to meet the needs of students in her care. Finally, she will discuss the importance of choosing how to balance literacy so we can decide not to do it all in order to do what really matters—for us and our students.


allen-big.jpgJanet Allen is one of the most prominent and outspoken literacy advocates in the country. A former elementary school teacher and university instructor, hundreds of teachers attend her seminars each year. Her books Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 and Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading have been praised by elementary and secondary school teachers, education professors, adult literacy advocates, and ESL instructors. Dr. Allen lives in Orlando, Florida.Christine Landaker has been teaching for the last ten years; her first nine were in urban and suburban schools in Orlando, Florida. Her first love is history and the social studies, followed closely by her love of reading and English. She has seamlessly combined the two in her classroom. Christine is currently an 8th grade English teacher at Pierce Middle School in Milton, Massachusetts.




STEM Read with NIU Gillian King-Cargile

Lake Area Reading Council (LARC) and the D95 Curriculum Office Presents

STEM Read with NIU Gillian King-Cargile

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Join us to experience interactive lessons, share ideas, and come away with free resources to engage young learners with STEM and the arts (STEAM).

Gillian King-Cargile is director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program (, which introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction. To do this, STEM Read creates free online lesson plans, interactive games, videos, collaborative writing prompts, and live events that bring science and stories to life. She is also the author of The Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series. These picture books tell fun, fast-paced stories that incorporate STEM concepts aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for Kindergarten through second grade.

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Lake Zurich Professional Learning Annex

702 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Registration and appetizers begin at 4:00

Presentation from 5:00- 6:30

December 4, 2017

$10 Registration Fee

“Developing News Literacy” October 20, 2017

Sorry, this event has been cancelled.  Please keep your eye out for other great events coming soon!

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The ability of the next generation of citizens to judge the reliability and relevance of information will be a leading indicator of the public health of civil societies everywhere.  Equip your students and yourself with the tools needed to actively evaluate sources of news and information to judge its reliability by actively engaging in classroom activities adapted from Stony Brook University’s course on News Literacy, being taught in classrooms around the world.

Friday, October 20, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. light dinner and registration

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation

702 S. Rand Road,

Lake Zurich, IL 60042

$10 for members

$45 for non-members

(includes membership fee and dinner)

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Michael A. Spikes is the Director of the Digital Resource Center for the Center for

News Literacy. He joined the staff of the Center for News Literacy in 2012 to play a key role in the development of its new Digital Resource Center. He currently manages its day-to-day operations, and develops new technologies and content for the site. Also during his time with the Center, Michael has worked with its partners overseas in both Bhutan and Hong Kong.

Michael has also worked as a freelance videographer, radio and television producer, and digital audio and video editor for the past 15 years, working for various entities, and currently freelances as a producer for the “Insight in Person” podcast for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is now based in Chicago, Illinois.

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