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Observe and Explore The Literacy Studio: Integrated Reading and Writing that Maximizes Active Learning Time

Presented By Ellin Oliver Keene

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Date and Time

Three 75-minute webinar sessions from 3:30pm to 4:45pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Join us for a webinar series in which you will discover, through live real-time lessons, an alternative literacy workshop structure: The Literacy Studio. This structure maximizes active learning time and student inquiry because reading and writing instruction is integrated. As a result, the literacy block is often comprised of just one lesson, cutting instruction time in half and permitting much more time for independent reading and writing.

You'll have a front row seat for live lessons in a Literacy Studio, where you'll watch while students learn about reading and writing in an integrated manner, have a hand in setting their own goals, and exercise choice about when and how to read, write, and show their thinking. Participants will interact with Ellin and the classroom teachers following the lessons so that they will be able to create a Literacy Studio in their own classrooms.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand the rationale for integrating reading and writing in a Literacy Studio from the students' and teacher's perspective.
  • Discover the four key components of the Literacy Studio; discuss ways to begin immediate implementation.
  • Rethink planning for reading and writing instruction using a tool to help integrate weekly and daily lesson plans.
  • Hear from a primary and an intermediate teacher who have experience in integrating reading and writing in a Literacy Studio.


  • Discuss plans for a live integrated Studio lesson; and, through this discussion, understand how to plan for instruction in a Literacy Studio.
  • Observe Ellin teach a live, integrated lesson, confer with students, and lead a reflection session at the end of the Literacy Studio.
  • Debrief the lesson with Ellin and the classroom teacher, and consider ways to translate observations into action in their own classrooms.


  • Discuss participants' first integrated lessons and hear suggestions from Ellin and a teacher who integrates reading and writing.
  • Think about ways to integrate thinking strategy instruction into a Literacy Studio.
  • Understand differentiation in the Literacy Studio.
  • Discuss Invitational Groups and conferring in the Literacy Studio.

About the Presenter

Ellin Oliver Keene has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen years, she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as Deputy Director and Director of Literacy and Staff Development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania for four years. Ellin works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad. Her emphasis is long-term, school-based professional development and strategic planning for literacy learning. She serves as senior advisor at Heinemann, overseeing the Heinemann Fellows initiative, and is the editor of the Heinemann Professional Development Catalog/Journal.

Ellin's new Heinemann title, The Literacy Studio, will focus on an up-to-date conceptualization of Readers/Writers' workshop, and will be published in Spring 2022. She is the author of Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning; coeditor and coauthor of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching; coeditor of the series Not This, but That; author of Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding; To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension; coauthor of Comprehension Going Forward and of Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction; as well as the author of numerous chapters for professional books and journals on the teaching of reading, and education policy journals.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-5, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this three-part webinar series is $95.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/19/2021-11/02/2021 - Starts October 19, 2021- 3:30-4:45pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 10/19/2021 - 11/02/2021* Where: Online

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