When Leveling Helps, When It Doesn’t, and How Libraries Can Make the Best of It Webinar

December 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by: OLC’s Children’s Services Division

Register @ my OLC  | Registration Deadline: Nov. 29

Member: $35* | Non-member: $70

*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries.

Webinar Overview:
At best, leveling books is another tool to help children choose “just right” books. At worst, it is an expensive product that labels kids, kills the joy of reading, and makes false promises to educators. This brief overview of how leveling works can help us understand both what we can use in each leveling system and how to talk with educators and parents about avoiding the pitfalls.

Lu Benke
Children’s librarian Lu Benke has been running Children’s Services departments for more than 30 years. She recently received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado where she focused on how children’s librarians help children learn to read.

Jim Erekson
Jim Erekson, Ph.D. has been teaching in the field of languages and literacy for more than 20 years. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado and Coordinator of the Literacy Master’s Program, which educates teachers on how to create life-long readers and support family literacy. He is a national expert and author of professional books on literacy and assessment.

Learning Objectives:
You’ll gain a better understanding of leveling systems in order to communicate effectively with stakeholders and avoid pitfalls in helping customers wanting leveled reading materials.

Intended Audience:  Children’s Services Staff

What’s Included: Participation in the live webinar and/or access to the archived version at a later date, resources (if applicable) provided by the presenter.

NOTE: Webinar invitations and access information will be sent via e-mail on Dec. 1. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in you my OLC profile page.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as (1) continuing education contact hour of credit.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competency Addressed: TBD