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A Deep Dive Into Bibliotherapy for Gifted Learners

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2024
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2024
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, September 03, 2024, 4:30 PM 6:00 PM (MST)
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 4:30 PM 6:00 PM (MST)
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2024, 4:30 PM 6:00 PM (MST)
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2024, 4:30 PM 6:00 PM (MST)
  • Pima County School Superintendent's Office
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Join us for an enriching professional development workshop on harnessing the power of bibliotherapy with gifted learners. Using literature with children offers students new ways of thinking about and seeing the world around them as well as helping them gain insight into themselves by connecting with or identifying with a character in a book who is similar to them or who has similar obstacles to overcome. Participate in hands-on activities and immersive lessons designed to empower educators with practical strategies they can seamlessly integrate into their classrooms. 

Topics for each session are:

Day 1:  Understanding Bibliotherapy and Recognition of Emotions

Day 2:  Anxiety and Worry

Day 3:  Perfectionism

Day 4:  Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance

If you have taken the workshop, Through The Looking Glass: Nurturing Gifted Minds Through Therapy, this will extend the information from that workshop and offer strategies and examples of how to meaningfully engage students with particular stories and books. It is not, however, a prerequisite for this class.

Don't miss the opportunity to elevate your practice and unlock the transformative potential of bibliotherapy.

Completion of the class will result in 12 hours of recertification credit.  This class can contribute towards a gifted endorsement.

Dates:  September 3 and 17, October 1 and 22.  1.5 hours of asynchronous activity between each in-person session is part of this class.

Time:  4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Location:   Pima County School Superintendent's Office  200 N. Stone Avenue,         Tucson, AZ

Cost:  $50

Facilitators:  Lorelei Barrett and Lisa Johnson

 Lorelei Barrett, M.Ed., is currently an Elementary School Counselor at Twin Peaks K-8 in the Marana Unified School District. Lorelei's 30 plus years in the field of Education includes the role of Teacher in both elementary and middle school in both the regular and self-contained gifted classrooms. As a gifted specialist, she found her passion in the academic and social-emotional aspects of her position.  A lifelong learner, she continues to research and explore the fascinating world of gifted children, using her counseling background to connect the two through books and stories.

Lisa Johnson is a dedicated gifted education specialist at Coyote Trail Elementary in the Marana Unified School District, where she has enhanced gifted students' educational experiences for the past 16 years. Currently, Lisa teaches 6th-grade gifted learners in a self-contained classroom.  As a gifted pull-out specialist, she collaborated closely with classroom teachers to design and implement acceleration and enrichment programs tailored to the unique needs of gifted learners. She has presented various professional development workshops related to gifted education and project-based learning. Lisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree  in Gifted Education. 

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