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One-Day Workshop:
ALL IN: The Role of Engagement in Comprehension

Presented by Ellin Oliver Keene

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Today's teacher has pressing questions about how to engage students for true learning: What is the difference between motivation and engagement? Whose responsibility is it to ensure that students are engaged? Can engagement be learned? Does engagement lead to understanding?

Gone are the days when we would "motivate" students with extrinsic rewards. Students do not respond to extrinsic rewards in the ways we have long believed, and if they do respond, the results are fleeting and the learning temporary.

In this workshop, we will discuss ways to identify if students are merely compliant, half-heartedly participating, somewhat motivated, or are truly engaged. We'll discuss what constitutes genuine engagement and learn how students reveal their level of engagement in the literacy classroom.

Together, we'll examine over twenty ways students show us that they're truly engaged and learn four straight-forward tools teachers can use to be great models of true engagement for students. We'll experiment with the differences between motivation and engagement through our own reading, which will lead to insights about classroom practices. We'll also discuss the relationship between engagement and understanding and how to weave comprehension strategy instruction into your literacy workshop.

Finally, you will have an opportunity to observe a demonstration with students in which you can see how to help your students move from compliance to engagement.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to distinguish whether children are compliant or engaged
  • Discover ways to model engaged learning in the classroom
  • Explore the link between engagement and reading comprehension
  • Engage in their own reading to reach insights about teaching and learning
  • Learn to help students engage more completely in reading and learning

About the Presenter

Ellin Oliver Keene is a well-known author and popular speaker in the field of education, and conducts workshops, multiday institutes, school-based seminars, and long-term residencies all around the country and abroad. Her emphasis is on long-term, school-based professional development and strategic planning for literacy learning. Ellin has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. She currently serves as senior advisor at Heinemann, chairing the Heinemann Fellows initiative, now in its second season.

Ellin is the author and/or co-author of several best-selling books, including Mosaic of Thought; The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching; and the Not This, but That series.

Who Should Attend?

English/language arts/reading teachers of grades K-8 and literacy coaches; social studies and science teachers; administrators and media specialists.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $239.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $229.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

04/27/2017 - Ronkonkoma, NY

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