Wabash Valley Education Center

~*Using Identified Picture Books that Develop Social Emotional Learning Competencies by Creating a Culture of Wonder and Curiosity (PreK-2)

Teachers will learn how to use a collection of picture books as a vehicle to support Indiana's Social Emotional Learning Competencies. This is for teachers of grades Pre-K to 2 (General Ed, Title III, and High Ability).


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Laura Beltchenko is a veteran educator with a passion for student motivation and engagement in all things literacy. Her career in public education includes classroom teacher, reading specialist, and coordinator of gifted programs, as well as associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for a K-12 school district. She is committed to the professional development of teachers to support the implementation of best practice literacy instruction.  Laura believes in the use of high-quality children’s literature as a vehicle to support both the cognitive and affective development of all ages of students. Her personal children’s literature collection is vast and reflects an appreciation of quality authors and illustrators.  She has received numerous awards including the Illinois North Suburban Library System Library Advocate of the Year for her advocacy of school and public libraries, Lake County Illinois Innovative Educator of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association, and Administrator of the Year by the National Association for Gifted Children.

Laura’s past leadership positions include President of the Suburban Council of the International Literacy Association, Chairman of the Gifted Education Advisory Committee to the Illinois State Board of Education, and Professional Development Chair for the Illinois Association of Title I Directors. She served for 24 years on the Libertyville, Ill. District #70 Board of Education and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois.  Laura is an invited presenter at state and national conventions and conference on topics such as balanced literacy, gifted education, children’s literature and inquiry-based learning. She continually studies and presents on the English Language Arts  and Balanced Assessment. In addition, she writes a quarterly column on gifted education for the Illinois Reading Council Journal, Talent Ability and Potential and is very involved with the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC).  


Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (lunch on your own)

Location: WVEC


Cost: $125/Service Center Member or $250/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This workshop is WVEC Title III and WVEC Title IV Eligible!

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 9/27/2021 9:00 AM EST

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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906