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Virtual Mock Caldecott Workshop 2021


Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7-8:30pm


This is an online event.



See if you can predict the next Caldecott Medal Winner!

In order to participate, you'll need to sign-up before Monday, January 18th at 5 p.m.

  • Go to
  • Go to January 21st. Then click on the correct program.
  • Click on the "View More" bar on the pop-up screen.
  • Register each participant individually.
  • You should receive an automated confirmation email after you register.
  • You will also receive information via email from Susan about some pre-workshop discussion and balloting.
  • Registration will be limited to 15 people.

We will be using Zoom. Susan will send a link for the workshop a few days before the event.

I would prefer that each attendee has their own device so everyone can participate easily. Please make sure your device has a microphone. Susan's daughter Stefanie Kipfer, who is a children's librarian at Bluffton, is providing the technical support for the workshop. The chat feature will be live and she will be monitoring it; however, the workshop will function better if we talk to each other.

It would be wonderful if your device also has a camera. We're planning to start with everyone introducing themselves, where they work and approximately how many Mock Caldecotts they attended. Then we'll start discussing the books.

Indiana Literacy Related Events

Indiana State Library

Join us on Facebook every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for a new Indiana author interview.

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Join teacher, author, and NCTE past president Carol Jago and the ICTE for a special virtual event for ICTE members!​

Teachers and students are living through an age of anxiety. For many, the stress has begun to interfere with our ability to read with pleasure and comprehension. Carol Jago will offer practical ideas for:

  • developing students’ digital reading skills

  • engaging students in reading tasks that matter to them

  • finding compelling, culturally relevant texts

  • navigating the gap from learning loss to learning gains

This virtual event is free for ICTE members, but registration is required. Registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions for Carol to answer during the event. Registration opens on January 11, 2021

National Literacy Related Events
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. AmeriCorps has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter century. We look forward to your engagement and accomplishments in Dr. King's memory.
ILA (International Literacy Association)

Literacy Today, ILA's bimonthly digital magazine for members, empowers and inspires educators in every stage of their career. Issues focus on hot topics in the field and how they relate to high-quality instruction, examine the latest literacy research, and share stories from our global literacy network.

The Bright Future Ahead, the January/February issue highlighting our new 30 Under 30 honorees and award and grant recipients, is open access for both ILA members and nonmembers. Read now and share with colleagues.

Free for Everyone

ILA hosts free events that include conversations around timely topics and provide opportunities for attendees to learn from and engage with one another.

The Future Is Bright

Meet the ILA 2021 30 Under 30 honorees:

Have a question for one of our honorees, or want to keep
up with what they do next? The following #ILA30Under30
honorees can be found on Twitter:

Saurabh Anand | @saur_anand
Ryan Brady | @HIPPkids
Candace Chambers | @Candace_writer
Havana Chapman-Edwards | @TheTinyDiplomat
Jimmie Chengo | @J__Chengo
Cedric Christian Ngnaoussi Elongué | @lafropolitain
Enwongo-Abasi Francis | @amb_abasi
Seth French | @GameSethMatch
Shayla Glass-Thompson | @booksbyjanee
Patrick Harris | @PresidentPat
Tiyana Herring | @iAmMissHerring
Ondřej Kania | @OndrejKania
Jigyasa Labroo | @slamoutloud
Roman Lay | @RomanDLay
Austin Martin | @rhymeswreason
Simpson Muhwezi | @MuhweziSimpson
Akash Patel | @speakerakash
Dwayne Reed | @TeachMrReed
Olivia Van Ledtje | @thelivbits
Tien-Hao Yen | @W9PGQ8qGQ12LY4l

Rachel Armstrong
ISLA Chair of the Board
Executive Board:
Rachel Armstrong, Chair of the Board
Dr. Ben Boche, Chair Elect
Julie McCoy, ILA Coordinator
Jeremy Leazenby Bruce, Treasurer
Dr. Sharon Pratt, Secretary
Stephanie Lueckenhoff, Membership
Edith Campbell, Member-at-Large
Heidi Grimshaw, Member-at-Large
Dr. Kara Taylor, Member-at-Large
Dr. Juanita Oberley, Member-at-Large
Matthew Barenie, Member-at-Large
Dr. Christina Romero-Ivanova, Member-at-Large

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