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Virtual Reading and Writing Institutes 2021

Take on workshop next year with renewed confidence.
For educators, K–8

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Challenging.
Tough.
Exhausting.

 

This past school year has been all of these things and has worn many of us down.

Even though you recognize the power of reading or writing workshop, maybe you decided to leave it on the shelf this past year. And you planned to revisit it during a “normal year,” and your only focus this year was to not let kids fall behind.

Next year though, you want to be ready to take it on — confidently and with enthusiasm and excitement.

You’ve had time to pivot and adjust, and now it’s time to go all-in with your workshop.

We’re here to help you hit the ground running in the fall with your workshop.

Imagine beginning the next school year with all the tools you need to start your workshop.

 

Excited and inspired, you’re ready to lead students confidently.

Even better, when you see the joy on kids’ faces when they’re reading, writing, and excitedly sharing their work, you feel deeply satisfied.

And more than simply having more fun in the classroom, you’ll feel fully prepared to dive into anti-bias and anti-racism work and lead your class in these important conversations.

This is why you became a teacher in the first place.

The reading and writing institutes are live, online sessions to help you become confident in reading and writing workshop. 


You'll hear from education leaders and authors who will inspire you and give you tools to help you take intentional actions toward equity and justice in the classroom.

You'll learn how to get started or go deeper into your anti-bias or anti-racist journey.

Choose the level that’s right for you — beginning, advanced, or leadership.

Here’s a little more about what you’ll learn inside each Institute:

Writing Institute - June 21 – 24


Featuring Guest Keynote Speakers

Sara Ahmed
Carla Espana 

Luz Yadira Herrera
Cornelius Minor

Julia E. Torres

You'll learn...

Beginning

  • Launch a writing workshop that fosters a love of writing.

  • Build routines and structures that promote independence and engagement.

  • Integrate components of balanced literacy to promote skills transfer.

  • Implement the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of study.

Advanced

  • Connecting the components of balanced literacy to writing workshop.

  • Building more independent & thoughtful writers.

  • A close look at word study and how to create transfer in writing.

  • Study and experience shared reading, shared/interactive writing and how to thread it across your curriculum.

  • Explore the power of read- aloud and how it mentors writers.

Leadership

  • How to give teachers both on the spot and written feedback.

  • Effective ways to lead learning walks Ideas for supporting teachers with planning and analyzing student data.

  • Methods for leading professional development during faculty meetings.

Reading Institute - June 28 – July 1


Featuring Guest Keynote Speakers

Aeriale Johnson
Liz Kleinrock
Akiea “Ki” Gross
Matt de la Pena

You'll learn...

Beginning

  • Launch a reading workshop that fosters a love of reading in students.

  • Build routines and structures that promote independence and engagement.

  • Integrate components of balanced literacy to promote skills transfer.

  • Confidently implement the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of study.

Advanced

  • Launching book clubs: setting readers up for critical thinking and productive conversations.

  • How to prepare for and support book clubs across the year.

  • Strategic tips on writing about reading.

  • How to listen and assess club conversations.

Leadership

  • How to give teachers both on the spot and written feedback.

  • Effective ways to lead learning walks Ideas for supporting teachers with planning and analyzing student data.

  • Methods for leading professional development during faculty meetings.

Inspiring Keynote Sessions

Aeriale N. Johnson (she/her/we), is a Reggio-inspired, abolitionist teacher of third graders at Washington Elementary School, a school bursting with the energy of multiculturalism and multilingualism in downtown San Jose, CA. There she strives to build a democratic classroom where all adults (educators and families) believe in children, allow children to bring the fullness of their humanity into the space, and deliberately relinquish their power to the children.

Carla España, Ph.D., is an instructor and fieldwork advisor in the Bilingual and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Dr. España’s teaching journey began in Harlem, New York with bilingual sixth graders and continues with teaching language arts in a middle-grade summer program. Her teaching and writing live at the intersection of critical literacies, children’s literature, and bilingual education. She is the co-founder of encomunidadcollective.com and co-author of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students with Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera. Find her on Twitter @ProfesoraEspana.

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, Scholastic, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world.

Julia E. Torres is a nationally recognized veteran language arts teacher-librarian in Denver, Colorado. Julia facilitates teacher development workshops rooted in the areas of anti-racist education, equity and access in literacy and librarianship, and education as a practice of liberation. Julia's work has been featured on NPR, AlJazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, Rethinking Schools, Learning for Justice Magazine, and many more. She is a current Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee member, a member of the ALAN board of directors, and a co-founder of DisruptTexts.

Akiea “Ki” Gross (They/Them) is an abolitionist educator, education consultant/coach, events curator, and creative entrepreneur currently innovating ways to resist, heal, liberate and create with their pedagogy, Woke Kindergarten, a global, abolitionist early learning community, creative expanse and consultancy supporting children, families, educators, and organizations in their commitment to abolitionist early education and pro-Black and LGBTQIA+ liberation. 

Liz Kleinrock is an anti-bias anti-racist educator and consultant based in Washington, DC. A transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in DC before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, Liz moved to Oakland, California, where she served as an AmeriCorps teacher with Girls Inc. and Super Stars Literacy for two years. Following her service, Liz moved to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA's Teacher Education Program, where she earned her M.Ed. After spending a year student teaching a 5th-grade class in Watts, Liz joined the founding faculty of a startup school in East Hollywood where she spent seven years teaching 1st through 4th grades. She just wrote her first book, Start Here, Start Now, and it will be available soon.

Luz Yadira Herrera, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of teacher education in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno. She has over fifteen years of experience in the education of emergent bilinguals in both mainstream and bilingual settings. Dr. Herrera's teaching and research are in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy. She is the co-founder of encomunidadcollective.com and co-author of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students with Dr. Carla España. Find her on Twitter @Dra_LuzYadira.

Matt de la Pena Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. In 2019 Matt was given an honorary doctorate from UOP. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits school.

Sara K. Ahmed currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Integration and 5th-grade advisor at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. She has taught and coached in city, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students consider their own identities and see the humanity in others. When she is not in the classroom or meeting with teachers, you can find her coaching cross country, soccer, or basketball. 

She is also the author of Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and coauthor with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry

Schedule:

(all times are based on PT zone)

 

8:15-8:30 

Opening

8:30-9:30

Keynote

9:30-9:50

Break/Transition to Sessions

9:50-11:45

Session #1 (with 15 minute break) 

11:45-12:30

Lunch 

12:30-2:30

Session #2 (with 15 minute break) 

 
We're on our mission to help kids become stronger readers and develop a love of reading, books, and writing early on.
Ready to join us?

Excellent! We’re excited to go on this journey with you! Select your workshop below or attend both!

Investment:

Register before April 1st for maximum savings.

If you have any questions about the institutes or the level you should join, get in touch – we’re happy to help!

Writing Institute

June 21 – 24

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Reading Institute

June 29 – July 1

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