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Building Collaborative Communities of Engaged Readers and Writers

Presented By Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle

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Date and Time

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:30pm to 5:45pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 27, 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.


Reading and writing are deepened and elevated when students are part of a community. The act of collaboration is thinking and is an essential component. How do we get kids to talk to each other instead of past each other? We will describe how to move past the silence in classrooms to the hum of students sharing thinking and working to make meaning together in writing, revising, sharing, and cocreating digital projects or essays. We will show how to harness the power in talk and in collaboration, how to build listening skills as students lean in to work together, and how to grow relationships between students.

Learning Objectives

SESSION 1: Lifting writing skills through collaboration

  • Generating a volume of writing and the habit of revision, and building a community of writers who grow by learning from each other
  • Helping students use the process of writing to collaborate on written texts
  • Teaching students how to respond to one another's writing in ways that move them forward

SESSION 2: Lifting reading skills through collaboration

  • Book clubs
  • Logs passed between classes
  • Jigsawing between groups
  • Sharing two-page spreads (celebrating differences)
  • Two-voice poems (Gone Girl found poem recording with a partner for independent reading)

SESSION 3: Lifting inquiry and digital composition skills through collaboration

  • Cocreating movies focused on understanding the writing process and the importance of revision as stepping back and considering the whole of a work

About the Presenter

Kelly Gallagher taught for thirty-five years at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California. He is the author of several books on adolescent literacy. Kelly's latest book, cowritten with Penny Kittle, is 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.

Penny Kittle teaches freshman writers at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for thirty-four years. She is the author of Book Love and Write Beside Them, and she coedited a collection of Donald Graves' work, Children Want to Write, with Tom Newkirk. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of English and social studies in grades 6-12, instructional 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.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

04/06/2021-04/27/2021 - Starts April 6, 2021- 4:30-5:45pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 04/06/2021 - 04/27/2021* Where: Online

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