My Workshops


TTL Seminars I give public workshops for teachers and librarians in the Northeast each fall. To view the schedule and register, please visit the TTL Seminars website.

On-Site Professional Development Seminars at Schools I also give on-site workshops for schools, school districts, and conferences. Choose from one of the following three lively, practical all-day workshops to fit your needs. The workshops can be geared to grades 6-12, 6-8, 9-12, or any range between 6-12. Please email me for more information. 

You can reach me at kathleen@kathleenodean.com

Read what participants say about my seminars.

 The Best Common Core Nonfiction Books for Grades 6-12

Nonfiction for young adults has never been so good, with excellent writing and great visual elements in books on high-interest topics.  In this all-day workshop, I highlight nonfiction that models exemplary research, writing and visual elements, tying the books to specific Common Core standards. I recommend outstanding books that work across the curriculum as well as titles with proven appeal to students—especially boys--for independent reading. I suggest activities for using books with students in the library and classroom as well as ways to promote books.  The handout includes hundreds of recommended nonfiction books beyond those discussed in the workshop, arranged by curriculum area.
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The Best Young Adult Books of the Decade
The past decade has been a Golden Age in young adult books.  This dynamic all-day workshop brings together the highest quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from those ten years.  I introduce the best books for teaching and independent reading, along with effective strategies and activities to use with students.  I connect YA fiction and the classics, and recommend books to draw in struggling and reluctant readers. The nonfiction in this workshop can be geared to the Common Core State Standards as can the handout.

The Best Nonfiction Young Adult Books
Nonfiction for young adults has never been so good, with excellent writing and great visual elements in books on high-interest topics.  This lively workshop highlights nonfiction that models exemplary research and expository writing, including literary nonfiction to meet ELA standards. I recommend outstanding books that work across the curriculum as well as titles with proven appeal to students—especially boys--for independent reading. The nonfiction in this workshop can be geared to the Common Core State Standards as can the handout.


Components of all the workshops:

Highly Recommended Books for Teens
• Top titles for independent reading
• Multifaceted books for teaching
• Titles that work across the curriculum
• Books that reflect a diverse population
• Appealing books for reluctant readers
• Excellent selections for school libraries
• Best paperbacks for classroom libraries

Practical Strategies and Activities
• Strategies to use immediately with students
• Web 2.0 activities to promote books to teens
• Effective ideas for motivating readers
• Alignment with key standards
• Workshop time to share ideas with colleagues
• A display of the featured books

Handout of Booklists and Resources
• A wealth of books and resources to use on the job
• Booklists to share with colleagues & students
• Websites to make your work easier
• Key ways to keep up with YA books
• Great sources for activities and ideas

Who Should Attend? 
• English Teachers
• Reading Specialists
• Special Education Teachers
• Literacy Coaches
• Librarians/Media Specialists
• Library Paraprofessionals

Why Book an On-Site Workshop?
• Cost-effective training
• No limit on number of participants
• Your choice of date and location
• Skilled, experienced presenter
• Excellent resource for the Common Core State Standards for Reading