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You’re Invited: Professional Development Summer Webinar Series

 //  Jul 15, 2020

You’re Invited: Professional Development Summer Webinar Series

Scholastic Education is excited to present a free webinar series with leading literacy experts discussing equity, independent reading and writing, social-emotional learning, multilingualism, early childhood, and more.

Join us for ready-to-implement strategies and resources to foster summer learning and prepare for returning to school. Register for July’s webinars here or below to watch live or receive a recording after the webinar.


Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell

Social Emotional Well-Being: The 7 Strengths

Organized around the 7 Strengths inherent in super readers (belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope), Allyn & Morrell provide strategies for teachers, parents, caregivers, and out-of-school providers to help children develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Tuesday, July 21, 1:00PM ET, REGISTER

Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward

From Striving to Thriving: Voluminous Independent Reading

Literacy specialists Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward demonstrate how to “table the labels” and use detailed formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that enable striving readers to do what they need above all - to find books they love and engage in voluminous reading. 

Tuesday, July 21, 4:00PM, REGISTER

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Strategies to Jump-Start Writing

Authors and writing consultants Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger introduce short writing scaffolds to support student writing and help strivers approach writing with energy and action.

Wednesday, July 22, 4:00PM, REGISTER

Alan Sitomer

Mastering Short-Response Writing

California Teacher of the Year award winner and celebrated author Alan Sitomer outlines the Triple C writing system–Claim It! Cite It! Cement It!–a sequence of writing steps that helps students, grades 2-6, write concisely and convincingly in response to a prompt. 

Thursday, July 24, 4:00PM, REGISTER

Dr. Kamania Wynter-Hoyte, Dr. Eliza Braden, Dr. Michele Myers

Countering Anti-Blackness Through Elementary Literacy Instruction 

Join us for a discussion on teaching anti-racist literature and the importance of developing a positive classroom community, where children function as discussion leaders through book talks, book clubs, and browse bags. Gain strategies that help students deepen conversations, analyze literature, and value student choice with exposure to a variety of authors and genres.

Tuesday, July 28, 1:00pm ET, REGISTER

Dr. Lester Laminack

How to Make Each Read-Aloud Interactive and Engaging

Establishing a routine of read-aloud experiences provides exposure to the best available texts presented by the most fluent reading voice in the classroom community. Laminack will share strategies to engage students in deep thinking about fiction and nonfiction books.

Tuesday, July 28, 4:00pm ET, REGISTER

Dr. Timothy V. Rasinski

Fluency and Word Study

Gain actionable tools to effectively weave fluency into daily instruction, word study, and reinforce content area with ready-to-use lessons including text phrasing and tonality, echo reading, word ladders, and more! 

Wednesday, July 29, 1:00PM, REGISTER

Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

Equity and the Historically Responsive Framework

Dr. Gholdy Muhammad presents a Historically Responsive Literacy Framework that’s essential for students, especially youth of color, who have traditionally been marginalized by learning standards, school policies, and classroom practices. When these four learning pursuits are taught together through the Historically Responsive Literacy Framework, all students receive profound opportunities for personal, intellectual, and academic success. Join Dr. Muhammad to learn how to apply the framework to remote learning with sample lessons that can be duplicated at home.

Wednesday, July 29, Time 4:00pm ET, REGISTER

Dr. Cecilia Espinosa and Dr. Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

The Power of Multilingualism

Emergent bilinguals’ full participation as readers and writers is fundamental to any classroom where all students deeply engage in literacy. Join Cecilia Espinosa and Laura Ascenzi-Moreno for strategies to engage our emergent bilinguals, students who use two or more languages in their daily lives, in rich, thoughtful literacy practices. 

Thursday, July 30, 1:00pm ET, REGISTER

Sharon Zinke

Phonics-Powered Prevention and Intervention

Rime Magic is a word-recognition resource that's changing the lives of readers across the country. In engaging, five-minute lessons, students add onsets (i.e., beginnings) and endings to the rimes to combine those parts into words and analyze those words-like magic! Join Sharon Zinke as she shares teaching tips and strategies that lead to enhanced comprehension and fluency. 

Thursday, July 30, 4:00pm ET, REGISTER


Stay tuned for more events in August featuring Eric Litwin & Dr. Gina Pepin, Dr. Jan Richardson & Ellen Lewis, Dr. Maria Walther, Dr. Don Vu, Dr. Julia López-Robertson, Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, Dr. Carol Chanter and Dr. Rosemarye Taylor, Dr. Alfred Tatum, and more!