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Professional Development for Educators

Festival Staff / February 19, 2014

Tucson Festival of Books is pleased to offer numerous free workshops and seminars for teachers to earn professional development credit! Parents are also welcome at these informative sessions that support community and family literacy. Any Saturday or Sunday session in the College of Education is eligible for clock hours.

  • Learn about new techniques and books to support your students' literacy goals.
  • Earn credit for Arizona Teacher Recertification.
  • Discover new educational resources & free classroom materials.
  • Experience face-to-face interactions with renowned authors, illustrators and educators.

To earn credit, just check in at the Professional Development table located in the lobby of the College of Education. You'll receive a form to have stamped after each session attended, then return the form to the PD table for a certificate of hours.

Here's a small sampling of the great workshops being offered this year:

1. Supporting Literacy at Home: What Those Who Love Them Can Do
Family members, including grandparents, can play a critical role in encouraging children to read and write at home. Examples of materials, books, and magazines as well as fun literacy activities for the home will be shared.
Where: Education Room 308
When: Sat, Mar 15, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Why Attend:Attend this workshop to learn ways to connect with your student and be able to give him/her ideas to bring literacy into their home!

2. Make a Difference in the World
Books can encourage children to make a difference in the world and help them develop strategies for social change. This session will highlight children's books set in global cultures around the world.
Where: Education Room 308
When: Sat, Mar 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Why Attend: Today's classrooms include students from different backgrounds, countries or cultures. This workshop will help you find books that connect to your students in a culturally relevant way while encouraging them to consider how they can make a positive impact in the world.

3. Books Spark Imagination & Thinking
Books can trigger creativity both through the text and the illustrations. The presenters will highlight books that serve as a spark for children’s imagination and critical thinking.
Where: Education Room 308
When: Sat, Mar 15, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Why Attend: Many students benefit from an increased focus on creativity and imagination. Learn how to use books to develop vital critical thinking skills with young students.

4. Spicing Up the Non-Fiction Read Aloud
Strategies for making the reading aloud of nonfiction exciting and enjoyable.
Where: Education Room 310
When: Sat, Mar 15, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Why Attend: Reading aloud with students can be difficult - especially when there are no funny characters or silly voices - but it is so important to model what good, fluent reading sounds like. Attend this workshop to learn strategies for making your nonfiction read-alouds more enjoyable and engaging!

5. Tickling the Funnybone: Engaging Kids through Humor
Come and laugh with authors who share how they use humor in their books to engage readers.
Where: Education Room 333
When: Sun, Mar 16, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Why Attend: Students are greatly motivated by humor. Learn how to incorporate humor into your classroom readings and book choices.

6. Critters of the Sonoran Desert
Join these authors and illustrators as they share their new picture books that highlight animals and birds found in our own desert.
Where: Education Room 333
When: Sun, Mar 16, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Why Attend: Finding books that directly relate to a student’s geographic location can be difficult, but it is important to help them build upon their personal experiences and background knowledge. Attend this workshop to explore new books that could help your student learn more about the desert around them.

7. The BEST in Picture Books for All Ages
Join Bob to explore his favorite new picture books, including books of all types and for all age levels.
Where: Education Room 308
When: Sun, Mar 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Why Attend: Everyone loves a great picture book! Come to this workshop to get a sample of some wonderful new picture books that you can introduce to your students.

8. Ways to Read with Children
This session will involve a demonstration of ways to make reading with a child an engaging and successful experience.
Where: Education Room 310
When: Sun, Mar 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Why Attend: Reading aloud to a group of children or even reading with a child can be intimidating. Attend this workshop to learn different methods of reading aloud to make it more enjoyable for you and your students.

9. Chapter Books for Emerging Readers
This panel of authors and illustrators will share the issues and strategies involved in creating chapter books for emerging readers. These books play an essential role in introducing children to chapter books.
Where: Education Room 333
When: Sun, Mar 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Why Attend: Learn what to look for in a chapter book for an emerging reader. Careful book selection will help you transition from picture books to chapter books without intimidating students.

10. Discover the World through Alphabet Books
Discover the variety of science-related alphabet books and fun ways to share them with children, including writing their own alphabet books.
Where: Education Room 308
When: Sun, Mar 16, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Why Attend: As students graduate to higher grade levels, they'll be expected to use literacy in all core subject areas. Incorporating science into their reading and writing work at early age will help them learn important vocabulary words and prepare for more difficult tasks in the years ahead.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

University of Arizona Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Helios Education Foundation
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores

Key Sponsors

Arizona Commission on the Arts
City of Tucson
Marshall Foundation
Miriam Brucker Trust
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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To become a sponsor, please email Marcy Euler.