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  • Regular Price: $49/session
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8Christopher Lehman

Chris Lehman Author PhotoKick Off To The Year Of Virtual Think Tanks and Study Series

  • A Keynote: “Co-Authoring Our Profession”
  • Followed by essential nuts and bolts on required technology to making the most of this year of virtual learning (important information for all Virtual Think Tanks and Study Series participants)

6:00-7:15PM EST / 3:00-4:15PM PST

20 Rozlyn Linder and Heather Rocco

Conditions for Developing Truly Independent Learners

Heather-Rocco-bio-photorozlynlinderheadshot This early-in-the-year session will explore practical routines and strategies you can put in place tomorrow to support students in becoming truly independent learners in your classroom, school, and community. Led by two inspiring The Educator Collaborative network consultants, Rozlyn and Heather, you will start the year out with strength.

5:30-7:00PM EST / 2:30-4:00PM PST

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30Dana Stachowiak and Chad Everett

Social Justice Through Literacy/Literacy Through Social Justice

Dana Bio PhotoThis session is designed to change the way you think about your classroom, your instruction, and the pivotal role you play in developing the lives and stories of the learners you serve. Led by two The Educator Collaborative network consultants, Dana and Chad, their passion for the power literacy can bring to social justice will leave you inspired.

4:00pm-5:30 PM EST / 1:00-2:30 PM PST

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7 Kristin Ziemke and Brian Sweeney

Simple Technology Steps That Make a Huge Learning Difference

7:00-8:30 PM EST / 4:00pm-5:30 PM PST


If you are techno-friendly in your life, but techno-phobic when it comes to your classroom – Or if you are looking for winning first steps to share with colleagues as you lead a future ready initiative in your school – then this session is a must see. Led by two The Educator Collaborative network consultants, Kristin and Brian will help you make a gigantic impact on the way students learn, K-12, with some simple tech tools and mindsets to get you started.

15 Chantal Francois and Diana Quinones

Teaching Grammar in Writing Workshop: A Journey

5:00-6:30 PM EST / 2:00-3:30 PM PST

Dr. Chantal Francois is the literacy coach of East Side Community High School in New York City. Chantal was previously a lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University, a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and an assistant professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Chantal received her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She co-authored Catching Up on Conventions: Grammar Lessons for Middle School Writers and co-edited Humanizing Education: Critical Alternatives to Reform.

FullSizeRender (5)Diana Quinones is an 8th grade English teacher at East Side Community High School. She has been teaching middle school English for the past twelve years. Her writing has been published in several anthologies, including: Love and Light, A Collection of Inspirational Stories and Poems; and Abuelita’s Voice and The Bird in My Belly, A Collection of Writings from the Digging Deep, Facing Self Course. In 2014, she was admitted to Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA), a writing workshop founded by Junot Diaz, Victor Diaz, and Diem Jones.

Chantal and Diana will lead this session on thoughtfully embedding meaningful grammar practices into your instruction. While the challenge of improving students’ use of grammar and conventions is real, so is the struggle of making the most effective use of the limited time we have in our classrooms. Studies have shown that grammar, not embedded within meaningful literacy, is counter-productive to students’ development of these skills. In this session, Chantal and Diana will share classroom proven strategies for supporting student growth (and energy) around grammar and conventions.

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13Katharine Hale

Flipping Instruction: Engaging Virtual Lessons to Provide for More Engaged In-Class Practice

6:00-7:30PM EST / 3:00pm-4:30 PM PST

KatharineHalebioweb What Khan Academy may have in the amount of available content, it lacks in the personal, teacher centered, engaging instruction that only YOU can provide for your students. Whether you are new to Flipped Instruction or curious to learn more, this session will inspire you to think outside of your classroom walls. Led by The Educator Collaborative network consultant, Katharine will give you best-practice ideas for flipping your students’ learning experience.

26Christopher Lehman

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Writing Thoughtfully From Sources

12:30-2:00 PM EST / 9:30AM-11:00PM PST

How many times have you graded a stack of student “research projects” that nearly put you to sleep? Or how often does your class groan when you say, “use text evidence,” for the fiftieth time that day? In this session, The Educator Collaborative’s Founding Director, Christopher Lehman, will share mindsets and practical strategies for helping your students engage thoughtfully with texts and write from them with voice and expertise.

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10 Mary Cappellini

Supporting English Language Learners

2:00-3:30 PM EST / 11:00-12:30 PM PST

Mary Cappellini, researcher, consultant and author, has spent decades researching methods to support language and literacy instruction for ELLs.

Mary CIn addition to the time she spent teaching K-5, Mary has written numerous books for children including The Story of Doña Chila, which received an America’s Award as well as the professional text Balancing Reading and Language Learning: A Resource for Teaching English Language Learners K-5, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Follow her Twitter on: @Mary_Cappellini


The Educator Collaborative is pleased to invite a special guest, Mary Cappellini, to lead this important session on supporting English Language Learners. No matter your role or grade level, Mary’s practical advice, grounded in best-literacy and language practices will help you improve the ways you and your colleagues celebrate and support the gift of second language speakers in your school.

balancing-reading-and-language-learning Download the 10th Year Anniversary Study Guide by Emily DeLiddo and new Appendices!

24 Brenda J. Overturf, Leslie H. Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith on Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary

5:30-7:00 PM EST / 2:30-4:00 PM PST

Brenda J. Overturf, Ed. D., was a classroom teacher for 18 years, the district coordinator of K-12 reading curriculum and assessment for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, and chair of the literacy program at the University of Louisville. Brenda also served as a 2009-2012 member of the ILA (IRA) Board of Directors and continued as chair of the ILA Common Core Standards Committee for 2012-2015. Her books include Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary (Stenhouse, 2013), Vocabularians: Integrated Word Study in the Middle Grades (Stenhouse, 2015), The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards (ILA, 2013) and The Common Core: Teaching Students in Grades 6-12 to Meet the Reading Standards (ILA, 2013).Montgomery Word Nerds pic

Leslie H. Montgomery has taught second through fifth grades and is currently an intermediate classroom teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She has an MAT from the University of Louisville and is National Board Certified in Literacy.

The Educator Collaborative is pleased to invite special guests and co-authors, Brenda J. Overturf, Leslie H. Montgomery, and Margot Holmes Smith, to this session on probably one of the most talked about challenges in our schools: how to develop student vocabularies! Bringing ideas from her best selling Word Nerds for elementary grade students, and the new Vocabularians, for middle grades; Brenda and her colleagues will help you share the joy of word learning in effective and—believe it or not—engaging ways.

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Vocab Book PicMargot Holmes Smith has served as a literacy resource teacher, reading and math intervention teacher, and 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Atkinson Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Louisville, Kentucky and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Cochran Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. She has presented with her colleagues at the International Reading Association conference, the Kentucky Reading Association conference, the Kentucky Reading Project, the Louisville Writing Project. She has her master’s degree in teaching from the University of Louisville and was a recipient of the 2010-2011 Gheens Innovation Award for strategic vocabulary instruction.

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17 Kristi Mraz and Laura Fleming

Growth Mindset Through Play and Making

6:30-8:00 PM EST / 3:30-5:00pm PM PST

mindsetforlearningmraz Worlds of Making | Laura Fleming

kristi bio picture laura fleming bio photoWe would be lying if we didn’t say that we are really looking forward to this one! Led by two The Educator Collaborative network consultants, Kristi and Laura, this session is not just guaranteed to raise fun and engagement in your school, it will also surprise you with how much critical thinking and rigorous learner can take place when you embrace “play” or “making” in your curriculum, classroom, and school. We won’t be surprised if you make big changes in your building after this one!

31 Jennifer Serravallo

Supporting Readers with Strategic Instruction

4:30-5:45 PM EST / 1:30-2:45 PM PST

jenniferserravallobioJennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of the popular Heinemann titles The Reading Strategies Book, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbooks, Teaching Reading in Small Groups and Conferring with Readers (co-authored with Gravity Goldberg). She is also the creator of the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series. She was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and taught in Title I schools in NYC. Tweet her @jserravallo.

The Educator Collaborative is pleased to invite a special guest, Jennifer Serravallo, to this critical session on developing your own art and science in the teaching of reading. Always practical, Jen will help you explore the role of explicit instruction within your Literacy or English Language Arts classroom and more importantly assist you in answering the age old question: “Where do I find more reading strategies?”. You will leave equipped with teaching ideas to implement now and to bring into your curriculum planning going forward.


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24 Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Ending the Year with Joy

4:00-5:30 PM EST / 1:00-2:30 PM PST

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of FOREST HAS A SONG (Clarion, 2013), EVERY DAY BIRDS, (English and Bilingual Editions, Scholastic, 2016), READ! READ! READ! (Wordsong, 2017), WITH MY HANDS (Clarion, date TBA), and DREAMING OF YOU (Boyds Mills Press, date TBA). She is also co-author of the second grade poetry book in the UNITS OF STUDY (Heinemann, 2013). A former fifth grade teacher, Amy has taught writing to teachers and students for seventeen years and blogs nosy notebook-peeks at Sharing Our Notebooks and poetry and lessons at The Poem Farm. Find her online at

The Educator Collaborative is pleased to invite a special guest, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, beloved poet, teacher, and blogger to round out our exciting year of learning. Each year Amy has taken up a “project” on her blog Poetry Farm, sometimes writing a special poem each day, or inviting others to share a page from their writing notebook. Amy will help you, and in turn your students, find fresh ways to bring the year to a joyful, writing-filled, close and kick off a summer of literacy celebration.

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October 5, 11 AM

#YearOfJoy: Little Practices to Bring Big Energy and Joy to Your Learning Community

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Christopher Lehman and JoEllen McCarthy


November 9, 6PM

Getting Readers Really Reading (For Real)



Donalyn Miller and Chad Everett


December 7, 6PM

Pairing Literacy and Technology to Open The Curriculum to More Diverse Perspectives

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Dana Stachowiak and Katharine Hale


December 14, 11AM

Writing With Voice Is Not a Unicorn

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Christopher Lehman and Roz Linder


January 11, 6PM

Differentiating for All of Your Readers: Text, Talk, and Tech

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Heather Rocco and Brian Sweeney


January 25, 11AM

DIY Literacy: Creating and Using Teaching Tools to Help Students (Happily) Work to Their Fullest

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Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts


February 15, 6PM

Dare to Confer Imperfectly: Simple Moves to Keep Your Practice Thriving


Lisa Eikholdt and Kari Yates


February 22, 6PM

From Consumers to Creators: Empower Students to Not Just Have Tech, But Actively Shape Their World


Sara Kajder and Antero Garcia


March 1, 6PM

Making Assessments More Meaningful: Rubrics, Roundtables, and Real Reflection

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Chantal Francois and Elizabeth Lacy


March 15, 6PM

Digital Citizenship: Teach Students to Stay Safe, Advocate, and Take Action Online


Kristin Ziemke and Pernille Ripp


May 3, 6PM

Finishing Strong and Independent: Support Children to Carry On With Their Literacy and Learning Through End-of-the-Year Inquiries and Projects

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Kathy Collins and Kristi Mraz


May 10, 11AM

Ending The Year With Joy


Georgia Heard

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