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Shannon McClintock Miller


Tracy Ferguson


Kate Lamoureux

Thursday, January 17, 4:00 p.m. CT

Ten Tips for Developing Passionate Writers

Join these three experienced educators as they share what works when it comes to getting young learners to enjoy writing -- and helping them learn to do it well!

With an emphasis on advancing literacy and getting kids to love all kinds of writing, Shannon McClintock Miller, Tracy Ferguson, and Kate Lamoureux will share what they’ve learned over the years, including strategies, apps, best practices, and proven resources to transform unengaged K-4th graders into motivated and excited learners who love to write.

You’ll leave the webinar with new ideas and tools to try, and engaging and meaningful strategies to inspire a true love of writing, including ways to:

  • Improve writing skills using differentiation and variation based on each student’s needs Incorporate writing into STEM activities
  • Add Quick Writes throughout the content areas
  • Use FlipGrid, Google docs, KidBlog, Videos, and other resources to peer edit writing in the classroom
  • Rely on proven writing instruction programs like Step Up to Writing
  • Help students create thoughtful, well-written compositions across all content areas

Register now and and learn more about how these literacy-focused educators use coding, making, graphic organizers, digital storytelling and more to help students write well and love doing it!

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Antonio Fierro

Antonio Fierro

Thursday, February 21, 3:00 p.m. CT

Myths Surrounding ELLs and Literacy: Why Student Success Depends on Teachers’ Knowledge Base

Myths and misconceptions have long been part of our educational system. When it comes to the instruction targeting the English learner, the same holds true. However, as research is published that focuses on culturally and linguistically diverse students, the more we know about what is true and, simply, what is not. . . and how we can better serve these students and proliferate their potential.

Dr. Fierro will discuss:

  • The state of the current ELL population in our country
  • Why accountability lies with educators, not students
  • How there is no quick fix when working with English language learners. However, he’ll demonstrate why:
    • The key to success is having a well-informed teaching staff
    • Teachers must have a basic understanding of language acquisition and how the English language works
  • Some common misconceptions that hinder success can include:
    • Most English language learners are born outside of the United States
    • All English language learners share similar background, culture, socio-economic status
    • Students cannot use their first language in the classroom
    • English immersion results in faster English language acquisition
    • Literacy skills will transfer over from their native language to English
    • If ELLs can converse socially in English, they can succeed academically

Join this fascinating and informative presentation and learn what it takes to work effectively with ELLs to set them on a path of literacy—and lifelong success.

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2018 Webinars

John Woodward

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What if Everyone Excelled in Math?

There is a common tendency today to link higher math standards for our students with the kind of achievement we see in other countries. A complementary thread is to link high standards in math to the broad trends in our ever-changing, information economy. High school students with only a basic understanding of mathematics don’t stand a chance against machines. High standards proponents commonly refer to our marquee industries such as finance, information technology, engineering, and biomedicine to reinforce the idea that mathematics is a gateway to a successful career. By implication, we need to ensure all students are proficient in this discipline. But, is this the case?

Join this enlightening, informative discussion with Dr. John Woodward, author of TransMath, as he explores what kind of mathematical preparation today’s students need to be successful in life.

As he explores how and why an alarming number of adults struggle with basic concepts in probability, common statistical concepts such as variance, and proportional change such as percent increase and decrease, he’ll share what needs to be strengthened in math education today.

You’ll learn:

  • How to build continuous success in mathematics so that it leads to a passing grade in college algebra, allowing many students to continue on to community college or trade schools immediately following high school so the math they have learned is not lost.
  • To consider other options than the traditional approach, such as some kind of “college in the high school” version of algebra.
  • How to improve motivation by helping struggling high school students learn the long-term benefits of subjects like Algebra II. It’s not about the math, it’s about the career.

Dr. John Woodward
 is the lead author of TransMath® and NUMBERS.

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Louisa MoatsAndrea Samadi

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Nine Brain-Based Strategies to Skyrocket Literacy Achievement

Join us for this infomative webinar presented by Andrea Samadi, a former classroom teacher and education specialist, who will share ideas to help struggling readers skyrocket literacy in the classroom. "Are You Using These Nine Brain-Aligned Strategies?" will focus on some of the most common hurdles students face at the intermediate/advanced level with reading acquisition.

Samadi will explore these brain-aligned solutions along with examples of how to implement each strategy in the classroom:

Strategy 1: How to Build Vocabulary that Skyrockets Students Past Their Obstacles
Strategy 2: Improving Syntax by Making Sense of Sounds/Phonemes
Strategy 3: The Progression of Words to Sentences
Strategy 4: Understanding Idioms and Multiple Meanings
Strategy 5: Using Technology to Improve Listening and Speaking Skills
Strategy 6: Building Confidence Through Self-Awareness
Strategy 7: Using Listening and Metacognition to Improve Motivation
Strategy 8: Building Confidence with Mental Practice, Intonation, Stress
Strategy 9: Using Blueprints for Writing Success

About the Presenter:

Andrea Samadi is an author and former middle school teacher.

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Louisa Moats Dr. Louisa Moats

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The Truth About Dyslexia: Myths vs. Facts

As a consequence of advocacy, many states have now adopted laws pertaining the identification and treatment of dyslexia. While recognition of dyslexia is long overdue, conflicts between scientific evidence and popular beliefs continue to complicate implementation of these well-intentioned laws. Dr. Louisa Moats, author and nationally recognized literacy expert, will address quandaries such as the definition of dyslexia, appropriate criteria for identification, teacher preparation, and selection and use of instructional approaches.

About the Presenter:

Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is the lead author of LANGUAGE! Live, a blended program for adolescent students reading below grade level. She is also the lead author of LETRS professional development for literacy educators. Dr. Moats has authored many books, journal articles, policy papers, and materials for professional development in the areas of reading, writing, and language. She received her M.A. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt and her Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education..

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McClintock Miller

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What Does I AM MORE Mean to you?

Unfortunately, in most cases struggling students are unmotivated, unengaged, and frustrated with learning to read and write. As teachers and librarians, we see this all the time. But how do we get these students interested – let alone excited about – something in which they’ve had a long history of failure?

The #IAmMore movement invites us to see a district, teacher or student for more; for what they can do instead of their limitations, and for more than what meets the eye.

Join this webinar and see how one teacher and her students are celebrating I AM MORE, the contest that allows us all to showcase how every student’s skills can be used to become all they dream possible.

About the Presenter:

Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant, literacy expert, and children’s book author with a passion for education, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others. She serves as the K–12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa.

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Jenny Hamilton
Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed.

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Drive Student Success with Strategies for Building Proficient K–12 Writers

Why do so many students struggle with writing?

Research tells us that writing facilitates deep learning. When students write about what they read they see improved outcomes in:

  • Content knowledge
  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading fluency
  • Word reading skills

Join us for a webinar on how to support the individuality of every learner and grow literacy across the curriculum content areas through research backed grade-level-specific instructional writing strategies that meet students at their level of need and move them forward.

National Literacy Consultant Jenny Hamilton will present highly effective strategies your teachers can implement immediately to create better writers in your school or district.

About the Presenter

Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed. has over 30 years of experience as a special education teacher, district-level consultant, and national literacy trainer. She has a passion for improving instruction in reading and writing for all students.

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Jenny Hamilton
Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed.

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Strategies for Building Proficient K–12 Writers

As instructors, it can be frustrating to see a lack of good writing skills despite dedicated efforts. Join this useful presentation to explore why students struggle with writing.

To help students juggle the necessary high- and low-level cognitive skills, teachers must be equipped to deliver explicit, sequential, and systematic writing instruction. This webinar will introduce several multisensory writing strategies, for use with students of all ages, to fill gaps you may face as a writing teacher.

Learn highly effective strategies you can implement immediately to create better writers, including:

  • Ways to connect research to effective practice
  • The power of feedback
  • How to deliver writing instruction

Jenny Hamilton
 is a national literacy consultant.

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Mary DahlgrenDr. Mary Dahlgren

Michelle EliaMichelle Elia

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Teaching Reading: The Connection Between Student Literacy and Professional Development

Learning to read can be challenging, and many teachers of reading do not always know how to help students master foundational skills that lead to lifelong literacy. When teachers are more fully prepared, they can help all learners overcome challenges and improve reading achievement.

This informative webinar, with literacy experts Dr. Mary Dahlgren and Michelle Elia, explores how teachers need to be smarter than their programs; details effective solutions and interventions; and demonstrates how to supplement and strengthen core programs and adapt pacing for individuals.

You will gain knowledge and insights into how:

  • Rigid implementation of a core program can create as many problems as haphazard, incomplete implementation
  • Teacher judgment—informed by knowledge of research and use of formative data—should always be a factor in decision making
  • To define quality professional development and identify the indicators of strong core instruction
  • To monitor and outline goals that are meaningful, ambitious, and attainable

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Lucy Hart PaulsonDr. Lucy Hart Paulson

Judy DodsonJudi Dodson

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Let’s Talk: Nurturing Social Emotional Learning

Young students often are emotionally vulnerable. Choosing the right activities and approaches can enhance the emotional climate of a classroom, creating safe havens where children will grow emotionally and academically.

Join Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, and Judi Dodson, M.A., to learn about the interrelated developmental sequences of social communication skills and ways to create nurturing classrooms that foster social emotional learning. During this insightful webinar, Dr. Paulson and Ms. Dodson will discuss:

  • The connections between language, cognitive, and social emotional learning
  • The developmental stages and age expectations for social communication skills
  • Factors that create a climate and culture that supports positive language and communication skills
  • Activities that will make your classroom a safe space for children, preparing them for social and academic growth

Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson
is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working with children and their families. She is the lead author of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators and Good Talking WordsJudi Dodson is a national LETRS trainer and works with school districts addressing issues related to school change, teacher knowledge, and literacy achievement. She is the author of 50 Nifty Speaking and Listening Activities.

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John WoodwardDr. John Woodward

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Improving Math Instruction: Making the Complex Understandable for Teachers and Students

The need has never been greater for well-designed mathematics instruction that promotes confidence in teachers and guides students to success.

Join Dr. John Woodward as he shares a contemporary look at the relationship between math curriculum and professional development that increases teacher knowledge while improving student growth.

Attendees will take away the knowledge to:

  • Identify “user-friendly curriculum” for teachers and students
  • Better address the needs of struggling students
  • Balance the relationship between math curriculum and professional development

Dr. John Woodward
 is the lead author of TransMath® and NUMBERS.

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Louisa MoatsDr. Louisa Moats

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Teacher Preparedness: Who is Confident Teaching Reading and Spelling?

Poor preparation of teachers specializing in reading and learning disabilities is contributing to this country’s literacy problem. In this insightful presentation, nationally recognized literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats explores why this problem exists and what administrators and teachers can do to help students achieve greater success.

Join us to gain insights into:

  • The disciplinary knowledge necessary to be confident (and effective)
  • The dynamic interconnection of reading development, structure of language, and assessment of individual differences
  • How to help educators become confident (and effective) teachers of reading, spelling, and language
  • Why considerable breadth and depth of subject matter knowledge is necessary to teach explicitly

Dr. Louisa Moats
 is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).

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Diane Vautrot
Dr. Diane Vautrot

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Overcoming the Challenge of Poverty: Helping Low-Income Students Move Toward Reading Success

Educators can inspire students to move beyond the confines of poverty and low achievement to gain skills they need for success.

Dr. Diane Vautrot will share her experiences leading a reading initiative in a public school system in a culture of poverty in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You will learn how Vautrot and her team made dramatic improvements for students reading below grade level, including those with severe reading disabilities. With a staff committed to leading students to believe in their capabilities and a sound, low-cost reading program, teachers in Gilmer County Charter Schools are breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy and changing lives.

Dr. Diane Vautrot
, Support Services Coordinator, Gilmer County Charter Schools, GA

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Carol TolmanAlisa Dorman

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ESSA and Evidence of Effectiveness: Looking More Critically at Evidence-Based Research

Does your district’s curriculum meet the quality of evidence required in the new ESSA standards? Do you know what to look for when reviewing new curriculum?

In this webinar, Alisa Dorman will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and explore four key evidence types—anecdotal, descriptive, correlational, and causal—along with how to use each when reviewing the quality and strength of available curriculum studies. Understanding these differences is important for educators as they become more critical consumers through evidence-based research. You will learn ways you can:

  • Apply knowledge of evidence types to various information sources
  • Evaluate the quality of evidence related to product effectiveness
  • Categorize evidence according to ESSA criteria
  • Better help teachers become critical consumers of product information

Alisa Dorman
is Former Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education.

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Carol TolmanDr. Carol Tolman
Regina TeatRegina Teat

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What's Your Big-Picture Literacy Plan?
Ways to Impact Change in an At-Risk School

Why do schools need a big-picture plan that involves professional development for literacy?

The change process can be lengthy, messy, and uncomfortable. However, this type of change is essential and worthwhile, because it leads to empowered teachers and improved outcomes for students.

In this webinar, Dr. Tolman and Ms. Teat share how you can equip educators with the skills to teach reading and writing effectively. They will explore the 'why' of literacy planning, identify expected outcomes, and review commonalities all school leaders should consider when planning literacy professional development.

Dr. Carol Tolman is a LETRS® author and national teacher trainer. Regina Teat is Director of Elementary Education and Title 1 and 2 for Dorchester County Public Schools, Cambridge, MD.

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Louisa MoatsDr. Louisa Moats
Kimberly BennettKimberly Bennett
Alana CohenAlana Cohen

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Develop Your Teachers into Literacy Experts

When teachers understand the WHY behind the HOW of teaching reading, students make greater gains—and are on track for lifelong success.

Administrators from Rapides Parish School Board in Louisiana will share how they are achieving incredible K–3 literacy results and making great strides in improving reading and literacy—intervening before students fall too far behind. Dr. Louisa Moats will discuss strategies to help:

  • Address the professional development piece of your reading initiative
  • Equip your teachers with the skills to teach early foundational reading
  • Empower your teachers to set all students on a trajectory toward grade-level reading proficiency

Dr. Louisa Moats 
is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Kimberly Bennett is Deputy Assistant Superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Alana Cohen is a District ELA Curriculum Specialist K–5, Rapides Parish School Board, Louisiana.

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alisa-dormanDr. Monica Burns

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8 Ways Teachers Can Incorporate Technology in the Classroom

How are you using digital tools to meet the needs of students in your classroom?

Dr. Monica Burns will share strategies on how to integrate technology in the classroom with simple solutions you can implement immediately for long-term, sustainable change in your school. Learn how to make the most of the digital tools in your classroom, whether you have access to just one device or multiple devices, including Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, or interactive whiteboards.

Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and the founder of

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alisa-dormanAlisa Dorman
Steven Bailey
Steven Bailey

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Literacy Success for Struggling Readers: Strategies that Work

Without the right intervention tools, it’s nearly impossible to turn a struggling reader into a grade-level success. But with the right program in place, combined with effective teaching strategies, students can make remarkable gains.

This presentation will share best practices for fostering literacy skills in students who struggle, and will explore how to select a reading intervention program that will take your struggling readers to new levels of literacy success.

Alisa Dorman is Former Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education. Steven Bailey is Principal, Madison Middle School, Vista Unified School District in California.

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Alan November
Alan November

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Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning

Access to timely information and communication tools empowers educators to focus on the individual needs of their students, and lead to a wealth of benefits while helping to develop a strong learning community.

Always dynamic and fascinating, Alan November leads this exploration of the potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning. Learn why thousands of educators turn to Alan November to become the best they can be—and get the most from their students. A question-and-answer session will give attendees the opportunity to ask Mr. November for direct responses to your most pressing challenges.

Alan November is an international leader in education technology and has been named one of the nation's 15 most influential thinkers.

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Carol TolmanDr. Carol Tolman

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Champion Change: How Teacher Knowledge Impacts Student Success

Learn why and how high-quality professional development impacts student literacy during this timely webinar, where literacy expert Dr. Carol Tolman will present applicable new information about:

  • Long-term literacy planning
  • Innovative professional development approaches
  • Building teacher knowledge of the science of reading

Learn how the new LETRS for 2018 improves teacher instruction with flexible, online training and embedded video that show you how to apply everything you learn.

Carol Tolman, Ed.D., LETRS coauthor and national teacher trainer.