Back to school season is upon us, and kids aren’t the only ones who have new learning opportunities lined up for fall! Have you ever wondered, “How can we know whether the early literacy focus of our storytimes makes a difference for the children’s learning to read successfully?” Anyone who regularly offers storytime for youth is welcome to apply for Supercharged Storytimes.
Wisconsin has been selected as one of five states to participate in the research-based professional development program called Supercharged Storytimes. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a FREE online course with 100 Wisconsin library staff this fall. Each Monday in October, you will participate in an online meeting led by librarians and researchers that will support and influence your daily library work with young children in the coming week. Past participants found the course to be rewarding, enriching, and a direct influence on their early literacy efforts.
Sign up now to participate in Supercharged Storytimes during the month of October. You will be in an online “classroom” with other Wisconsin librarians learning how to make your storytime offerings even better for you, the kids, and the families you serve.
The application is short and straightforward. Send in your statement of interest today! The deadline is Friday, September 11, 2015. This is one of the final professional development offerings through the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative. Act now—there are a limited number of remaining spots.
The Supercharged Storytimes online community hosted by OCLC’s WebJunction will offer a place for participants to discuss their experience and exchange ideas, tips, and resources related to Supercharged Storytimes. Participants benefit from this peer-to-peer support, which helps them to grow as early literacy influencers in their communities.
Check out this video to get an idea of what Supercharged Storytimes is all about
Submit your Statement of Interest today!
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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