Professional Development Workshops

Did you know we offer free professional development workshops for educators? Illinois K-12 teachers can receive professional development credits for attending our workshops. We cover all kinds of interesting topics throughout the school year! This page will show future workshop descriptions and dates as well as archived handouts from previous workshops. To suggest topics for future workshops, please contact Rachel Reinwald at or 847.245.5113

Future Workshops

Parent/Teacher Workshop: Teaching Emotional Regulation

October 24, 2019, 4:30-6:00 pm

Emotional regulation is a skill to help us understand the function of emotions—it helps reduce vulnerability, increase resiliency and improve overall mental health and behavior. Learn how to teach emotional regulation skills in the classroom and at home to promote self-soothing behaviors in students. CPDU credits available for educators. Please register

Sign Language for 0-5 year-olds (for Parents and Teachers)

December 2, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm

Using sign language helps pre-verbal and verbal babies through kindergarteners develop their language and communication skills. Come learn signs that will help your kids tell you what they need and be able to express themselves without frustration.

Mock Geisel Awards

February 11, 2020, 4:30-6:00 pm

The Geisel Award is for outstanding early reader books for PreK-2nd graders. Practice using the Geisel criteria for the award to distinguish great books and learn about the early reader format and reading strategies. We will pick our own LVDL Geisel winner from 2019 books.

Mock Printz Awards

April 2020 TBA, 4:30-6:00 pm

The Printz Award recognizes the best titles in literature for 12-18 year-olds. Practice using the award criteria to pick the LVDL 2020 Printz winner and debate with participants on what makes a great YA book using 2019 books.


Resources from Past Workshops

Booktalking Magic

Reading Informational Text: Skills for Research Projects in Grades K-6

Tap Into New Nonfiction: A Compiled Bibliography