Mark Your Calendar

September 8th, 2008

2009 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference
February 7 – 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio

Mark your calendar for this outstanding offering of professional development.

2009 Reading Recovery Conference

Technology and Language Teaching

September 8th, 2008

Book Review:  A Practical Guide to Using Technology in Language Teaching by John de Szendeffy
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Reviewed by Jody Gabler

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Teachers – Check out this website for your students

September 8th, 2008

Check out this  website “Interesting things for ESL students:  A fun study site for learners of English as a Second Language!” and let me know what you think.

Interesting Things (Website)

A New Webcast for K-6 Educators

September 8th, 2008

View at Your Convenience.  An easy, low-cost way to further your professional development from your home, office or conference room.

Negotiating the Literacy Lives of Boys through Building a Literacy Community
Presenter: David Booth, professor emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

An expert in this field, David Booth helps educators understand issues involved in boys’ literacy learning and then provides proven methods to engage them as readers and writers. This powerful presentation includes a downloadable handout and encompasses the following topics:

• Connecting Home, School, Community
• Helping Boys Become Print Powerful
• Assisting Boys in Becoming Writers
• Structuring Literacy Events for Students

All you need to view this 60-minute, on-demand webcast is a computer with high speed internet access. For more information, or to register, click here:

About diagnostic labeling . . .

September 8th, 2008
Many children receive the extra support they need for school success when their emotional and behavioral challenges are diagnosed, but some parents wonder if labeling gone too far.  It isn’t easy to decide when we should let “kids be kids, or when we should seek expert intervention.  To read more, click here:  More about diagnostic labeling . . .

What’s New in Special Education? Preventing Dyslexia

September 8th, 2008

News from Science Daily online:  “New research points to preventative exercises as an effective means to tackle the challenges children face when learning to read. . .” (read more)

Preschool Excercises May Prevent Dyslexia

Web-Based Learning Opportunities: Webinars and Webcasts

September 1st, 2008

Webinars – Live
Live online presentations on timely topics include opportunity for questions and answers.

Coming this fall – For Reading Recovery Teachers and Teacher Leaders
Janet Bufalino and Shannon Henderson discuss how teachers use prompts to keep children learning at their cutting edge. Teaching for Powerful Processing

What’s new for ESL teachers?

August 29th, 2008

We are all one!

ITBE Fall Workshop – Saturday, October 18th – College of DuPage

Featured speaker is National-Louis University’s Kristin Lems who will speak on “Using Music to Teach ESL.”

We are all one!

What’s New in Reading Recovery?

July 10th, 2008

This webcast is 60 minutes and provides an easy, low-cost way to further your own professional development from your own office or conference room. All you need to view this webcast is a computer with high speed internet access.See the entire listing of Live Webinars and On-demand Webcasts at:

Reading Recovery Conferences

Money for Special Education

July 10th, 2008
The Preparation of Leadership Program provides grants that will help children with disabilities by training doctoral and post-doctoral students in early intervention, special education or related services.  Some money will also be used to prepare master’s degree students for special education administration and supervision.  To read more, click here:

Book Nook

What have you been reading lately? Please share your book finds in the general comments section.