Centering Joy: How Joy can Become a Radical Embodiment of Liberation in Educational Spaces – December 15, 2021; 12pm-3pm (EST)

  In this session, participants will discuss what it means to center joy in literacy instruction and learning. Attendees will consider how educators can push the concept of equity and racial justice from imagination to joyous practice. The session will interrogate what actions educators can take to help students be proactive in fostering changes in...

Incorporating Restorative Circles Into Our Classroom Practices – February 28, 2022; 12pm-3pm (EST)

Restorative circles help us break down systems driven by competition and a narrow view of success. Instead, they center collective knowledge, community grown ideas, and diverse perspectives. This interactive workshop experience will offer practical tools for implementing restorative writing circles. Participants will have firsthand opportunities to explore practices together. They will also leave with protocols,...

Mentor Texts That MultiTask: A Less-is-More Approach to Integrated Literacy Instruction – March 10, 2022; 4pm-7pm (EST)

Less is more! We don’t need a different mentor text for each different strategy we teach. By curating and using a small set of texts, we can feel prepared for almost infinite teaching opportunities. This session will provide explicit examples for how to use a “short stack” of layered, multimodal texts time and time again...

Inquiry Across the Curriculum – March 16, 2022; 12pm-3pm (EST)

When students ask thoughtful questions and then purposefully discover new learning the content area knowledge “sticks” and engagement soars. We’ll show a process for inquiry studies that can happen across the subject areas and curriculum along with what to teach, how to offer feedback, and ways to assess student learning. Audience: All Grades 3-8 Teachers, Co-Teachers,...

Understanding Foundational Reading Elements: Developing Oral Comprehension, Phonemic Awareness and Phonics for Early Readers – March 22, 2022; 12pm-3pm (EST)

  Emergent and early readers benefit from a variety of experiences including those that focus on oral comprehension, phonemic awareness, and phonics. We’ll explore practices, routines, and strategies for supporting beginning readers that foster joy and skill development. Audience: All Grades K-3 Teachers, Co-Teachers, Administrators, Coaches and Teacher Leaders Presenter(s): Dr. Gravity Goldberg, Literacy Alliance Co-Founder...

Teaching Live Poets – March 25, 2022; 12pm-3pm (EDT)

Poetry is one of the most elusive, ancient, universal, and compelling art forms we have; it is a magical world of using language in an artistic, stylized, and rhythmic way to speak truths, share dreams, process beauty and devastation, call to action, claim space, and free the soul. When we liberate the teaching of poetry...

What About Grammar? – April 7, 2022; 4pm-7pm (EST)

We do not always think of grammar as lively and energetic! But… it can be! The playfulness and craft of grammar brings meaning to composed words. Let’s explore contextualized learning experiences that go beyond rote, worksheet and workbook-styled tasks. When language learning is authentic and infuses inquiry, students build knowledge and are better prepared to...