Professional Development Opportunities

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Ideal Learning Environments with Early Milestones Colorado
January 20, 2022 from 2-3pm MT

Ideal learning environments embrace principles that include a commitment to play, relationship-based interactions; an ecologically-focused, child-centered perspective; equity; and a strength-based and inquiry-based approach with children, adults and families. In this webinar, you will observe these principles in action, learn more about how ideal learning approaches create high-quality learning experiences for every child, and engage in discussion with colleagues about how you already use and could expand the use of these principles in the library setting!

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An exploration of recent research related to early literacy and how to use that research in your library! Get familiar with recent research related to early literacy; determine the most effective way to use the research in your work; and apply it as an early literacy component or practice for use in storytime.

Pamela Martin-Díaz is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant whose workshops are shaped by decades of experience as a children’s librarian and branch manager. She is currently working with Head Start in rural Ohio on a project to expand and deepen the impact of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her workshops are framed by her belief that librarians can help improve young children’s educational outcomes by influencing and inspiring the adults in young children’s lives to share books with them interactively and with intention. Pamela is co-author with Saroj Ghoting of Early Literacy Storytimes@your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success, ALA Editions, Chicago, IL 2006 and Storytimes for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy, ALA Editions, 2013. She has a MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago.

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Reading Picture Books with Children
through a Race-Conscious Lens

This webinar will introduce participants to tools from the Whole Book Approach, a co-constructive (interactive) method of sharing picture books with children, which educator and children’s literature expert Megan Dowd Lambert developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She and writer and educator Sarah Hannah Gómez, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, will talk about how using the Whole Book Approach can support kids’ critical engagement with picture book representations of race through art and text. Participants will gain insight into how to guide children to picture books with positive racial representations, while also supporting them in resisting or reading against problematic, racist content.

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Supporting Young Children's Literacy After Preschool

Most children transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" by age 7. Learn about how our panelists support emergent readers and their families through this transition! You'll leave with new program ideas for both regular and pandemic times, and have a chance to pick the panelists' brains.


This training opportunity has already occurred, but you can watch the full recording below, read the transcript or download the presenter's slides and handouts.

Project READY:

Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth

Based on the interest in EDISJ (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice) from our member survey and CLEL’s mission to strengthen all children’s pathway to literacy, the CLEL Steering Committee is launching a Project READY cohort.

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth is free, online professional development curriculum for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.

CLEL will be facilitating small study groups of youth services staff interested in working through the Project READY curriculum. This will be a yearlong learning opportunity, with a mix of biweekly small group discussions, occasional large cohort meetings, and asynchronous work; all taking place virtually between March 2021 and February 2022.

Applications for the 2021 CLEL Project READY Cohorts are closed.

Project READY is a free, self-paced curriculum. You are welcome to complete this training independently. All materials can be found at

If you are interested in joining a CLEL Cohort in 2022, we will be evaluating interest and making an announcement next spring.