Pam Page & Liz Storey


Pam Page and Liz Storey shared the latest in children and young adult literature!  To view their HOT PICKS OF 2016 list please click HERE.


2016-2017 Programming

Introducing our fantastic 2016-2017 programming…Passport to Possibilities!!!

Thursday, September 15-Kurt Stroh,  Is your School Library Boring or Bustling??

Thursday, October 13-Cris Tovani, Nationally Known Consultant, Teacher, & Reading Specialist

Monday, November 7-Andrew Steinman, Personalized Training

Thursday, December 1-Liz Storey & Pam Page, The latest and greatest in children’s and adult literature.

Thursday, January 10-Angela Morris-Grant Sources, Grant Writing, and Fundraising for Literacy

Wednesday, February 15-Dr. Lisa Rivard-Fall in Love with Writing

Tuesday, April 11-Wendi Vogel & Mark Raffler-Supporting Early Literacy Development and Science Instruction

Jennifer Arnswald

Jennifer Arnswald talked to us about integrating literacy into science instruction.  In science here has been a shift from delivering content to students to engaging students in experiences where they are analyzing, evaluating, and explaining phenomena.

Below is a graphic that shows the overlap between the ELA Common Core Standards, Common Core Math Practice Standards, and the Next Generation Science standards. This graphic highlights the higher level thinking students are called to do within all of the standards.



Purposeful reading in science includes:

  •  Questioning
  • Invesigating
  • Communicating
  • Evaluating

Check out the Michigan Science Centers:

Michigan Science Standards

Check out phenomena based lessons:

Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching


Integrating Technology

Mark Raffler, Matt Zokoe, Andrew Steinman, and Craig Steenstra presented on integrating technology into the classroom.

Mark Raffler presented a variety of technology resources.  Check out them here:

Kent Reading Council Digital Resources

Matt Zokoe presented ways to use technology in reading workshop.  Biblionasium is a way for students to track books they read.  Students can share the books they read, read book reviews, and join a digital community of readers. Matt also shared how he uses google forms to confer with readers!

Craig Steenstra and Andrew Steinman presented on finding and using digital texts.  Check out their resources here:

Finding and Using Digital Texts

2015-2016 Line-Up Announced

We are excited to announce our line-up for the 2015-2016 school year.  Please join us on Monday, September 21 at the Kent Intermediate School District for our kick off with Dr. Patricia Edwards presenting on Family Literacy! Dinner and registration begin at 4:30.

Monday, September 21-Dr. Patricia Edwards: Family Literacy

Tuesday, October 13-Teresa McDougall: Learning Labs

Monday, November 9-Dorothy VanderJagt: Reading Now

Monday, December 7-Liz Storey and Pam Page: The Latest in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Tuesday, January 5-Mark Raffler, Matt Zokoe, Andrew Steinman, & Craig Steenstra: Technology

Monday, February 8-Jennifer Arnswald: Integrating Reading and Writing into Science Instruction

Tuesday, April 12-Jacque Melin: Project Based Learning