As you continue to navigate your remote teaching and learning experiences we invite you to take a moment and join us for a special Pearson Literacy FREE webinar series to stay connected to the educator community and keep on learning. Note that Certificates of Continuing Education/PD will also be provided.

How to Unite Equity Work, SEL, and Literacy Instruction – Presenter: Lacy Asbill

Thursday, April 9, 2020 @ 5PM (EST) / 2PM (PST) – Are you looking for ways to seamlessly integrate English Language Arts instruction with your students’ social and emotional development? Present your students with reading experiences that are culturally relevant and help them explore their identities. Save time prepping thoughtful lesson plans that help young people make meaning of real-world topics like bullying, inequality, and social justice. Learn more about Reading with Relevance, a CASEL-certified SEL resource that uses novels to impact student learning. Sign up here>

Teaching Comprehension…Long Distance – Presenter: Judy Wallis

Tue, Apr 14, 2020 5:00 – 5:45 PM EDT – Teaching comprehension is challenging! It becomes even more so if we are supporting students in remote settings. Modeling and scaffolding are still key. Join Dr. Judy Wallis as she shares strategies for teaching comprehension remotely. Sign up here>

Digital Media Literacies in the ELA Classroom: Empowering Student Voices through Production and Critique – Presenter: Ernest Morrell

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 5PM (EST) / 2PM (PST) – How do we help our students to become more critical consumers and producers of digital media? How do we help them to develop essential 21st-century literacies without sacrificing our commitments to teaching literature and writing? This webinar will frame media literacy education in the context of student engagement, academic development, and student voice. We will discuss how teachers can help students to ask hard questions of the media they consume and how students can experience greater joy and connection to their everyday literacies. We will conclude by exploring exciting ways that teachers can integrate digital media into their traditional literature-based units. Sign up here>

This is Not What I Learned in School: Tips for Teaching in Times of Transition –
Presenter: Frank Serafini

Wed, Apr 22, 2020 5:00 – 5:45 PM (EDT) – How do we navigate the transition to distance learning as we seek to serve our students? How do we implement elearning effectively? Dr. Serafini has been conducting research on visual and multimodal literacy working with contemporary picturebooks to support young readers’ comprehension. He is also developing a visual literacy curriculum and has been investigating digital and mobile applications in literacy education. Join Dr. Frank Serafini, literacy expert, and teacher educator, as he shares guidance and suggestions for teaching in times of transition. Sign up here>

Keeping Your Upper-Elementary and Middle School Students Hooked on Words While at Home – Presenter: Shane Templeton

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 5PM (EST) / 2PM (PST) – In this webinar, we address how to organize, plan, and provide “deep” vocabulary and spelling explorations that directly support your students’ reading and writing. These individual and collaborative explorations may take place in your school’s online learning environments with which students are already familiar. Excellent print and online resources are provided for exploring and learning about words and how they work. Sign up here>


How to Talk about Phonics and Spelling in a Digital Environment: Principles and Practices of Words Their Way Word Study in a Virtual World – Presenter: Marcia Invernizzi

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 5PM (EST) / 2PM (PST) – In this webinar, we address the basic elements of a Words Their Way phonics and spelling lesson and discuss how to respond to your students’ word work in a digital environment. These individual and collaborative explorations may take place in your school’s online learning environments with which students are already familiar and will support their continuing development in reading and writing. Excellent print and online resources are provided for exploring and learning about words and how they work.  Sign up here>


Meeting Our Students in Their Digital Backyard and Still Enjoying Teaching Literacy – Presenter: Jocelyn Chadwick

Wed, May 13, 2020 5:00 – 5:45 PM EDT – Literacy today includes the physical text along with digital literacy—a totally different definition and experience from the very first time we all explored the term in the 80s. Since 2012,  Dr. Jocelyn A. Chadwick has integrated instructional expectations with the technology our students embrace naturally—in person and virtually. Join Dr. Chadwick in this session as she explores close reading, writing, inquiry, and speaking and listening approaches to encourage students to find their own voice, perspective, and relevance in assigned texts and activities. She also focuses on how we can read familiar texts through our students’ 21st century lenses, thereby creating a robust teacher-student experience. Digital platforms—Zoom, Google Docs, apps, and open source databases—allow us to leverage further student engagement and “sticky-learning.” Sign up here>. Learn more about Dr. Chadwick.


Empowering Student Readers & Writers – Presenter: Kelly Gallagher

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 5PM (EST) / 2PM (PST) – Join author and literacy leader Kelly Gallagher as he shares best practices in teaching students to read like a writer and to write like a reader. Kelly has an extensive resume of experience on the topic and will share not only his knowledge but his passion for the subject. Come learn, explore new ideas, and share your own experiences with Kelly as he discusses how to build deeper readers and writers. WEBINAR COMPLETED


Ways to Recognize, Celebrate, & Share Learning—Wherever Students Are – Presenter: Freddy Hiebert

Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 5PM (EST) / 2PM (PST)Join Freddy as she describes the ways in which caregivers and teachers can support students in keeping track of what they are learning. As importantly, the ways in which students can be guided in celebrating and sharing their learning will also be highlighted. Regardless of the form of a learning environment, recognizing, celebrating, and sharing knowledge is at the heart of successful educational experiences. VIEW THE WEBINAR ON-DEMAND BELOW


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Walter Rodriguez

Walter Rodriguez

Editor-in-Chief, Fresh Ideas for Teaching

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