TTL Seminars

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TTL Seminars has been providing high quality professional development workshops since 2005 to help educators keep current with the best resources and practice. The workshops are an effective combination of presentation and participation, with invaluable handouts.
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The Best New Young Adult Books 
(Grades 6- 12)
All-Day Workshop

    The 2019 Fall Schedule will be posted in the summer.

   For information on Kathleen Odean’s on-site workshops, click here.  

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Participant Comments from Previous Seminars (read more comments here):

The best professional development day ever! I’m excited about sharing these books and the technology ideas with my students.
    Karen LaPrade, English Teacher, Marshall M.S., Billerica, MA

I always enjoy the presentation. It is the one conference I come to each year.
    Paul Keiner, Teacher, Parker Academy, Concord, NH

Very entertaining and useful.  Thank you for the information, ideas, inspiration and fun.
    Evgenia Kashian, ESOL Teacher, Alton Central School, NH

My favorite PD seminar every year!
    Jen Mason Stott, Librarian, Cambridge St. Upper School, Cambridge P.S., MA

Kathleen Odean presents the most up-to-date information in a way that is useful, relevant, and truly enjoyable.  Her warmth, humor, and creativity are refreshing and inspiring.
    Rachel Barnes, Humanities Teacher, Chatham M.S., MA

As always, informative and entertaining.
    Sharon Mathews, Library Teacher, Great Salt Bay, ME

This is the most valuable professional development experience that I have all year.  Invaluable.  Six years running…
    Wendy Simpson, Librarian, Mt. Blue M.S., ME

Very informative.  Two thumbs up!!
    Laurie A. Palmer, Reading Specialist, Alvirne H.S., Hudson, NH

Wonderful! Inspiring!
    Constance Ward, Reading Specialist, Blackstone Valley Regional Vo-Tech, MA

Thank you for an amazing day of learning about new books and fun ways to entice my young adults into reading them! 
   Linda D. Sherouse, Library Media Specialist, North Hampton School, NH

Most enjoyable and informative workshop I attend all year.  Fun and full of new reading information—a delight for the reader in all of us.
   Jean Wilusz, Library Media Specialist, McLaughlin M.S., Manchester, NH

Loved your succinct descriptions to give a solid feel for each book.  The lists are wonderful!
   Louise Doud, Reading Department Chair, Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MH

Educators who serve YAs could not find a better place to spend the day.
   Nancy Cottrill, Librarian, Lincoln School, Providence, RI

As usual, the best info! Relaxing yet valuable!
   Kathy Impagliazzo, Language Arts Teacher 6-8, Our Lady of Mercy, East Greenwich, RI

I look forward to this day every year!  Thank you for never disappointing.
   Heather Baker, ELA 8th Grade, Portsmouth M.S., RI

Very informative and Resource Handbook is invaluable.  Love to hear about great books—well worth the time.  Length of day is just right, not too overwhelming.
   Kelli McSweeney, English Teacher, Tabor Academy, Marion, MA

This yearly seminar is my December candy.  My Tabor colleagues and I expect the best from Kathleen and she always delivers!
   Lauren Boucher, English Teacher, Tabor Academy. Marion, MA

Thank you for a day of inspiration for me and my students.  I appreciate how seamlessly you blend media in your presentation.
   Helene Sughrue, Rabor Academy, Marion, MA

It’s like Christmas every year when I get to hear Kathleen present about books!
   Julie Logan, Gr. 6 Language Arts Teacher, Frank Harrison M.S., Yarmouth, ME

It went so fast—I really enjoyed it.  Great websites.
   Dawn England, Library Tech, Waterville H.S., ME

Wonderful presentation!  Of course who wouldn’t love talking about great new books and authors all day?
   Cindy Bell, Media Aide, Waterville H.S., Waterville, ME

Wonderful! Very helpful!
   Peggy Boone, Librarian, Leonard M.S., Old Town, ME

This seminar was very informative.  I got  amuch better feel for books than I would have from just reading reviews.  The selection of books shared was great.
   Heidi Conroy, Library Media Specialist, Central H.S., Corinth, ME

Amazing booktalks! Love how you show your passion for reading and engage your audience.  I come every year and wouldn’t miss it!
   Karyn Smith, 7th Grade LA Teacher, Frank Harrison M.S., Yarmouth, ME

Very inspirational!  Just what I needed to return to the classroom and ignite enthusiasm with my students.  Kathleen is witty, knowledgeable & engaging.  She provides relevant insights and resources.
   Reina Rago, English Teacher & Lead Mentor, Advanced Math & Science Academy, Marlborough, MA

As always, I am leaving and heading to the bookstore.
   Christine Bryan, 7th Grade English Teacher, RJ Grey Junior H.S., Acton, MA

I took so much information and great ideas away from the presentation.  Thank you.
   Michelle Raczkowski, Librarian, Mt. Everett Regional, Sheffield, MA

This is the second of your seminars I have attended.  They have been wonderfully thorough and informative.  Thanks so much.  I especially appreciate the website references and cross connections between non-fiction and fiction.  And, of course, your enthusiasm!
   Jill Wheadon, Reading Teacher, Penfield H.S., NY

Always a pleasure to hear Kathleen.  I’m able to order her recommendations, give booktalks to staff and students, and solidify my Christmas list!
   Shannon Fagle-Fedele, English Teacher, South Glens Falls H.S., NY

I always love Kathleen Odean’s presentation.  I liked going over fiction but also non-fiction and websites.  Great job!  Very enjoyable and I learned so much.
   Darlene St. John, Library Media Specialist, Ray M.S., Baldwinsville, NY

It doesn’t matter how many times I attend, I always come away with something new.
   Allison Fennessy, Teacher, Auburn H.S., NY

Great workshop, as usual.  Very useful information—not only about new books but also websites/technology.
   Becky French, Pre-K-12 School Librarian, Harrisville Central School, NY

As always, I appreciate your opinions and information regarding all things young adult.
   Jenn Epolito, 9th Grade English Teacher, JCB H.S., Phoenix, NY

Thank you so much! The workshop inspiring and motivating.  My library media specialist is anxiously awaiting the handbook!
   Deborah L. Mowers, English 9, Little Falls H.S., NY

I enjoy this every year.  Thank you for my favorite book: your catalog of YA lit.  See you next year!
   Patricia Giffune, ELA-6, Little Falls M.S., NY

Your resource handbooks have center stage on my bookshelf, and they have for the past ten years.  Thank you so much for being someone who loves sharing books.
   Shannon Rodger, ELA 7 Teacher, Little Falls M.S., NY

Great day! I look forward to it every year.
    Sarah McCann, Librarian, Hudson Falls M.S., NY

Always an informative and enjoyable day.  Thank you!
    Dina DeCristofaro, Reading Specialist, Scituate M.S., RI

Kathleen’s insights and book choices were amazing!
    Karen Girvan, English Teacher, Central H.S., Corinth, ME

Excellent presentation.  Very informative and entertaining.  The day flies by.          
    Robbie Lewis, Teacher, Lincolnville Central School, Camden, ME

This workshop was great.  I got fantastic ideas for the classroom!
    Maureen DeLuca, SPED Teacher, Hampton Academy, Hampton P.S., NH

Read more comments here.