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Conferring Towards Engagement

Presented By Dan Feigelson and Ellin Oliver Keene

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Webinar Dates:

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 6:00pm–7:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Monday, March 30, 2020
  • Monday, April 6, 2020

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants within two business days of each live session.


What drives us to learn? We all want our students to be engaged learners, but we often struggle with getting them excited about and responsible for their own learning. What can we do to help them develop internal motivation or, better yet, engagement? Individual reading conferences, where we teach students to recognize, name, and extend their own lines of thinking about books, are among our most powerful opportunities for fostering student engagement and agency.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:

Session 1:

  • Learn to create the conditions that lead to engaged learning;
  • Explore the four pillars of engagement;
  • Learn a classroom-ready, stepwise approach for individual reading conferences;
  • Investigate practical strategies for sharpening "kid watching" in reading.

For next time: Try out the engagement observation instrument throughout the day. Be prepared to share with your colleagues during Session 2.

Session 2:

  • Explore the content of comprehension, both metacognitive and text-based;
  • Discuss the pivotal role individual reading conferences can play in fostering student engagement and ownership;
  • Learn a step-wise approach, practical approach for conducting individual reading conferences;
  • Discuss tips for recognizing partial understandings in young readers that can lead to valuable teaching points in your conferring.

For next time: Use what you have learned about conferring with two to three students. Monitor their level of engagement. Are they compliant, participating, motivated?

Session 3:

  • Discuss the four pillars of engagement: intellectual urgency, emotional resonance, perspective bending, and the aesthetic world;
  • Explore possibilities for integrating reading conferences into your overall reading instruction, so that students learn to become independent, engaged, and comprehension decision makers;
  • Imagine ways in which students can become increasingly independent in engaging and re-engaging in the classroom.


Ellin Oliver Keene is the author of the best-selling and beloved Heinemann titles, Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, Second Edition (coauthored with Susan Zimmermann); To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension; and Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Comprehension. Ellin has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen years she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. Ellin's latest ground-breaking book, Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning, informs this webinar.

Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, principal, and local superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he has led institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national conferences, Dan is the author of Reading Projects Reimagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking, which informs this webinar, as well as Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing.

Ellin and Dan are also highly sought-after master faculty members for Heinemann Professional Development, delivering not only webinars, but also school-based seminars, workshops, and customized long-term PD.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers grades K-5, literacy coaches, and administrators.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $169.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $159.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. Tuition also includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for up to 90 days after the conclusion of the webinar series.


There is no book requirement; however, it is highly recommended participants have a copy of Reading Projects Reimagined and Engaging Children. If you do not own a copy you may purchase them from our website: Reading Projects Reimagined and Engaging Children.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence from Heinemann. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series along with some general instructions on how to prepare your computer for the webinar. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 2 days prior to each webinar date with a link to our webinar platform Zoom, directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

We highly recommend you test your computer readiness by clicking on this link.

If your computer needs any software upgrades, Zoom will walk you through the updates.

Note: We encourage group participation; however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

03/23/2020-04/06/2020 - Starts March 23, 2020- 6:00-7:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 03/23/2020 - 04/06/2020* Where: Online

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