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Teaching Responsively: Sustainable Tools and Strategies to Support Independence

Presented By Maggie Beattie Roberts and Kate Roberts

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Date and Time

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:00pm to 5:15pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (Archived)
  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 16, 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.


As we teach, our students typically perform the work we set out for them, but we might not be quite sure how they carry that work forward from day to day, unit to unit, year to year. Students can forget past lessons, struggle to bring their best work to a task, or become camouflaged amidst the many needs in a classroom. We want our students to have more independence, but we aren't always sure how to help them achieve it.

This interactive webinar series will take you on a tour of various teaching tools that can increase independence in your classroom. Rooted in research, these practical, sustainable tools will help your students to remember past learning and work with more motivation and effort and will help you differentiate your instruction in more sustainable ways. Maggie and Kate will show you how to identify the issues your students may have with the curriculum and will guide you in creating your own teaching tools to use with your students.

You'll leave this series with the tools to support your current units, as well as a new understanding of the different ways our materials can ensure students live up to their abilities and beyond.

Learning Objectives


  • Define what tools we use in our classrooms
  • Identify the root issues students may have with their learning
  • Set priorities for what tools will support
  • Explore and create effective instructional charts


  • Develop micro-progressions for the priorities in each unit
  • Use micro-progressions for whole class teaching and differentiation
  • Discover new strategies for the skills students need


  • Create demonstration notebooks to support one-on-one and group teaching
  • Reflect on methods of teaching and practice ways of interacting with students
  • Explore different options for creating digital teaching tools to use in a virtual learning environment

About the Presenters

Kate Roberts is an expert in elementary and secondary reading and writing practices, unit planning, and student-centered instruction. She is an active literacy consultant, top-selling author, and keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she worked as a lead staff developer for eleven years. Kate is author of A Novel Approach: Whole-Class Novels, Student-Centered Teaching, and Choice. She is coauthor (with Maggie Beattie Roberts) of DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence and of Falling in Love with Close Reading with Chris Lehman.

Maggie Beattie Roberts is a national literacy consultant, popular speaker, and staff developer. Maggie began her teaching career in the heart of Chicago and then pursued graduate studies as a literacy specialist at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a lead staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for nearly ten years. Maggie is known for classroom demonstrations, practical and authentic teaching methods, and helping teachers tap into the power of their own engagement in reading and writing. She is coauthor of DIY Literacy with Kate Roberts, and authored several Heinemann Units of Study books on the teaching of writing.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy specialists, coaches, administrators, and consultants.

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 DIY Literacy Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

02/16/2021-03/16/2021 - Join Us in Progress

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Availability: Available When: 02/16/2021 - 03/16/2021* Where: Online

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