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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An Evening With Lester Laminack

lesterlaminackJoin LARC in welcoming Lester Laminack on April 26 at Lake Zurich Middle School South.  Lester will be presenting on his latest book “Writers are Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunities.”  A limited number of copies will be available for purchase.  There will be a book signing afterward, so bring your favorite Lester Laminack book.  Registration fee for this event is $20.00 and includes dinner.  Register here.

  • Doors open for registration and dinner 5:00 – 6:00
  • Presentation 6:00 – 7:30
  • Book signing 7:30 – 8:00

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