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CLC Session Descriptions

Session 1: (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)

Presented By:  Jay Asher

Audience:  All Attendees


Session 2: (10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.)

Presented By:  Cyndi Gargan, Jefferson Elementary School Librarian

Session Title:  “Paws” to Read Challenge

Session Content:  How many of your students check out the same types of books week after week?  A reading incentive program is a fun way to motivate students to check out and enjoy newly discovered books.  This challenge encourages students to try different genres of literature from a list of 10 chapter book series.

Audience:  Educators and Librarians, especially those working with elementary school students


Presented By:  Darius Phelps

Session Title:  “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”

Session Content:  This presentation from the Lead Infant Teacher in the University of Georgia’s Child Development Lab focuses on breaking the stereotype of what’s “developmentally appropriate” when it comes to exposing infants to literature and stressing the importance of reading education at a crucial age, which leads to an increase in brain development.  For this particular research, Darius studied how reading aloud Dr. Seuss books affects the cognitive and socio-emotional development of infants.  His main focus included the effects on their language development, memory, concentration, and interactions between infants and/or infants and the caregiver.

Audience:  Educators, Librarians, Writers


Presented By:  Luke Fetkovich

Session Title:  The Business of Self-Publishing a Novel or Short Story

Session Content:  This session will focus on the self-publishing industry from a business perspective, with a general overview of the industry, focusing on the major publishing companies, how they differ, and what services they offer.  As a self-published author, Luke will also provide commentary and answer any questions about his experiences.  Attendees will also receive a print-out of the presentation with websites and other resources.

Audience:  Anyone interested in learning about the self-publishing process


Presented By:  Marcy Canterna and Kate Dopirak

Session Title:  Exploring Kate Dopirak’s Books

Session Content:  Join author Kate Dopirak (You're My Boo, Simon & Schuster; Snuggle Bunny, Scholastic) to explore different ways of looking at books with elementary school students, focusing on hands-on activities to use in the library or classroom. Activities will engage different ages of students in different ways, and appeal to different types of learners. Kate will use her own books as examples, but many of the activities she’ll demonstrate can be adapted for use with other books as well.

Audience:  Educators, Librarians, Writers


Presented By:  Dr. Sandra Reidmiller & Melissa Billingsley

Session Title:  Move & Groove With Books

Session Content: Learn how to incorporate movement and kinesthetic activity into the library through books.  Most activities are geared to the elementary and middle grades but could be adapted for any grade level.

Audience:  Educators, Librarians



Session 3: (12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)

Presented By:  Jeff Kuntz, classroom teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School

Session Title:  Social Studies and ELA: A Perfect Partnership

Session Content:  This session will provide a multitude of ways to integrate your social studies curriculum with the PA ELA Core Standards.  There will be a focus on literature and informational text, but other methodology using music, games and simulations will be explored.  The curriculum focus will be Goegraphy and American History at the fifth grade level, but the activities and strategies can be used at many grade levels and with most social studies content.  A handout will be provided and student artifacts available to peruse.

Audience:  Educators and Librarians


Presented By:  Patty Graff (Extension Educator, Penn State Extension Westmoreland County) and Diane Hendrick (Director, Westmoreland County Community College Children’s Center)

Session Title:  The Art of Storytelling: Kamishibai

Session Content:  Participants will learn about the history of Kamishibai, how it was used in Japan and how it is now being embraced by educators around the world.  The intent of this presentation is to share an alternative to typical storytelling using a book.  While reviewing the historical background of storytelling the audience will explore ways to introduce cultural storytelling with children and other adults.  Kamishibai is one such option.

Audience:  Educators and Librarians, especially those working with grades PreK-8


Presented By:  Danielle Henzler, Director of the Curriculum Center at Duquesne University

Session Title:  Reinvent Your Classroom Library!

Session Content:  Interested in reigniting the spark in your classroom library?  The classroom library has the opportunity to be the central hub of learning in your classroom.  This session will focus on the challenges of maintaining your current classroom library and creatively keeping your students coming back for more.

Audience:  Librarians and Educators, especially those working with students in grades PreK-6


Presented By:  WPA SCBWI (Marcy Canterna & Kate Dopirak)

Session Title:  Introducing the SCBWI Class of 2014-2017

Session Content:  Most children think that authors only live in New York or California.  Pennsylvania has a wealth of talented authors and illustrators, and we want to share their newest books with you.  We will discuss each recently published book, and we will talk about the story, the author, and the illustrator.  Then, we will share some suggestions of ways to include the stories in your classroom, at a variety of grade levels and in many curricular areas.  Presented by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (WPA SCBWI).

Audience:  Librarians, Educators, Writers


Presented By:  Doug Rosensteel, author of the Psi Fighter Academy Series

Session Title:  Using Adult Learning Principles to Engage Children in a Writing Workshop

Session Content:  According to Daniel Quinn in My Ishmael, “…small children are the most powerful learning engines in the known universe. They effortlessly learn as many languages as are spoken in their households. No one has to sit them down in a classroom and drill them on grammar and vocabulary. They do no homework, they have no tests, no grades. Learning their native language is no chore at all, because of course it’s immensely and immediately useful and gratifying to them.”

Quinn’s description of a child’s ability to learn summarizes the most important principle in adult learning—motivation. The major differences between adult learners and school-age children are in the degree of motivation, the degree to which experience gets in the way, the level of engagement in the learning process, and the way learning is applied. Adults learn for different reasons than children, but the approach to teaching them has many similarities.  Kids know what they like. There is never a more intense enthusiasm and focus than that of a child involved in something that interests him or her. Kids love stories. This breakout session is for anyone who wants to engage children by making writing immensely and immediately useful and gratifying to them.

Audience:  Educators, Librarians, Writers



Session 4: (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Presented By:  Suzanne Bloom

Audience:  All Attendees