A classroom library is the heart and soul of a classroom community. Books serve as an additional teacher in the room when we design this space to support our readers and writers. A classroom library makeover can make all the difference! When we organize our books into collections that reflect the students in front of us, better yet, when we involve them in the process of curating the book collections in the classroom library, we help them develop literacy skills, habits and dispositions. During each session, we will explore how to design and use the classroom library to scaffold new learning; connect curriculum throughout the year; and support students in developing their reading identities.
  • Discuss necessary conditions for a student-centered classroom library.
  • Design a classroom library that supports your instructional model, standards, and curricular goals.
  • Use the classroom library as a scaffold to optimize student growth, agency, and engagement.
  • Learn how to co-curate the collections in your classroom library with your students.
  • Create systems and structures to refresh and revise your classroom library inventory to meet the ever-evolving needs and interests of students.
Session 1:
This session will review the research on how increased access to books promotes literacy development and engagement. We will discuss how physical space, time, and student agency are necessary conditions for a student-centered classroom library. You will have time to revise your classroom library design.
Session 2:
This session will provide you with a step-by-step process to audit your current collection to identify types of texts that are missing. We will study mentor classroom libraries to identify ways to reorganize texts to maximize student access as well as discuss how to involve your students in the process.
Session 3:
This session will focus on how to organize books to support your instructional model and your curricular goals. We will reflect on how to use your classroom library to support interactive read aloud, small group and independent reading. We will discuss ways to collect formative data by observing how students find, discuss, and organize texts in the classroom library.
Session 4:
This session will focus on how to organize books to support your writing and content area curricular goals. We will share how to teach students to choose and use mentor texts to lift the level of their writing, as well as extend their research in content areas of interest. We will also discuss moves to broaden how students think about text selection and to help them find books they love within and beyond the classroom walls.
Pre-K-6th grade educators, literacy specialists, and literacy leaders.
Clare Landrigan is a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. After years serving as an educator and administrator in elementary public schools, she is now a literacy consultant, spending her days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. She believes that effective professional development includes side-by-side teaching, analysis of student work, mutual trust, respect, and a good dose of laughter. Clare is the coauthor of, It’s All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers and Assessment in Perspective. She is on the board of The Book Love Foundation and leads the Book Love Summer Book Club. She blogs about books and the art of teaching on her website www.clarelandrigan.com and is co-authoring a book, The Possibilities of Poetry, with Aeriale Johnson to be published by Stenhouse in 2024.

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March 2024

Each Session is for 2 hours

5th March 2024
New York 5:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 am | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm

12th, 19th, 26th March 2024
New York 5:00 am | London 9:00 am | Zurich 10:00 am | Dubai 1:00 pm | India 2:30 pm | Hong Kong 5:00 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours.