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NEXT FALL WEBINAR SPEAKER

CORNELIUS MINOR

Thursday, December 10, 2020

4:00 PM  EST

We Got This: Teaching Reading and Writing Face to Face and Online with Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be

2020 shifted the very foundations of our profession. That shift was not without some pain. We have mourned the losses of our classrooms, the ability to authentically “see” students, and the ways that we have traditionally served them.  Over night we needed to become experts with online teaching of reading and writing.  In the face of all these losses, all of us (at some point in this journey) have longed for a return to “normal”. In this presentation, Cornelius Minor will explore how our nostalgic reverence for life Pre-March 2020 is misplaced… that even though we felt certain about things, that there were still too many kids and families left at the margins.  teaching of reading and writing? What if we returned to BETTER teaching of reading and writing?


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JANET WONG
January 28, 2021
4:00 PM EST
Sharing Social Justice Poetry: You Can Do It Right Now
How can we raise issues of social justice while ensuring that all students and their families feel comfortable with our discussions? Is there a way to combine social justice learning with other areas of the curriculum in just a few minutes a day? Poet and anthologist Janet Wong will share “21st-century poems” that speak to students of any age and invite reflection on the topics of everyday activism, exercising our voices, standing up for our beliefs, expressing our worries and fears, and showing that we care. For K-12 teachers, librarians, and administrators, with resources provided.

LUCY CALKINS
February 18, 2021
4:00 PM EST
Never Has Conferring About Writing Been So Important
In today’s world, it is all-important that teachers have opportunities to listen to kids’ writing, to rally them to work with dedication, to give them feedback that matters. This practical session will help you find efficient, powerful ways to confer with writers, and in so doing, to accelerate their skills and their commitment to literacy and to social justice.

TIMOTHY RASINSKI
&
P. DAVID PEARSON
February 18, 2021
4:00 PM EST
The Science of Reading Combined with the Art of Teaching Reading: What it Means for Classroom Practice
The great debate concerning how best to teach reading began decades ago and continues. In this session the Panelists, Dr. David Pearson (Berkeley), and Dr. Tim Rasinski (Kent State University) will present issues related to the Science of Reading and how it can be put in to practice with the Art of Teaching Reading. Some questions to be answered are:
What do we need to follow in the Science of Reading?
How do we define the art of reading instruction and why is it important?
What does the science and art of reading instruction look like in the classroom?
We must teach with the science but also our heads and our hearts. The individual differences in children must include an artful manner of presentation of instruction.

KATE ROBERTS
April 29, 2021
4:00 PM EST

Writing About Reading

While we all know that it is important to have our students write down what they are thinking about as they read. And yet all too often, the writing we ask our kids to do becomes busywork, and does not show us what we want it to. Our students don’t find it meaningful and often dislike writing about reading intensely. Honestly, we often feel the same way. In this session, learn how we can create systems that support meaningful, sustainable work for our students to engage in while reading that can hold them accountable, show growth, and possibly even help our students love their books – and reading – even more.

JOHN SCHMACHER
June 3, 2021
4:00 PM EST

The Reading Life: Connecting, Classrooms, Libraries, and Communities Through Story

John Schu (AKA Mr. Schu) is known for his expertise in children’s literature and for igniting a passion to read. He will share his experiences in promoting a culture of reading among students, staff, and parents. Participants will walk away inspired to implement heart-growing literacy practices that will make the world better and brighter for their students and colleagues.

The Center for Literacy Development is a network created to support professional development initiatives in schools and communities from Pre-K through Grade 12. The Center Members are teachers, supervisors, administrators, coaches, interventionists in public, private, and charter schools.

The Center provides, presentations, coaching, evaluations, assessment, advice with the design of the literacy curriculum, and courses at school districts for those seeking a certification or degree.

On campus, we provide multiple programs throughout the year with outstanding scholars in the field of literacy. Our work is year round and designed to suit the needs of those who work with us. During 2017-2018, we presented 6 conferences. The Rutgers Reading and Writing Conference had 1100 professionals in attendance.    

We are interested in creating University Partnerships with schools.


What We Do

We offer a variety of services and programs to facilitate literacy development in our education system.

  • Professional Development
  • Conferences and Events
  • Hybrid and Online Courses
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Online Newsletter

Visit our Services page for a full description.