Using Picture Books as Windows and Mirrors to Economic Diversity 

Many children and families experience economic hardships. These hardships may include food or housing insecurity, unemployment, or simply the day-to-day challenges of making ends meet. Picture books are an excellent way to provide windows and mirrors into the daily, lived experiences of those experiencing such challenges. Children who are experiencing economic hardships can benefit from seeing themselves represented in stories about families who experience similar situations, and children who are more financially secure can develop empathy for those who have less. 

In this course, participants will explore picture books that highlight the love, joy, and togetherness families from a variety of backgrounds experience as they tackle economic challenges. A book analysis tool will be provided to guide the selection of texts that tell asset-based stories of economic diversity. Specific strategies for engaging students in discussions of picture books about economic diversity will be shared. The books and strategies shared will be appropriate for a wide range of grade levels and content areas.

Instructor:  Dr. Carolyn Hunt, Illinois State University
This course will meet at PFEC Room 1 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023

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Course 101 for District 108

This professional development academy course introduces participants to the district and school resources that support teacher professional development and improve student achievement. Participants will learn about the different levels of support available to assist staff members in advancing their field of knowledge and in helping students to reach their full potential.

Dates: September 15th, October 20th, February 9th, and April 20th.

4:00 - 6:00 PM

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Dell Member Purchase Program

If you are in the market for a new computer, Dell does provide some discounts to our employees. You can find more information here:

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Breakout Boxes - we have 12 total.  This resource includes access to fully developed activities tied to curriculum.  

Robots and Coding Items - a full listing of what we have (incudes descriptions)  coming soon

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