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Planning the 180 Days: Designing Units of Instruction that Engage and Empower Adolescents

Presented By Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle

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Webinar Dates:

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

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (Archived)
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants the following day.


Moving students beyond compliant reading and writing and into engaged reading and writing takes focused planning. How can we create a volume of practice that improves reading, writing, speaking, and listening? We will study a balance of opportunities for students to demonstrate independence and increased proficiency across a lesson, a unit, and a year.

In this webinar series, participants will learn to create the conditions that lead to engaged learning and will explore each of four pillars of engagement. Participants will use an observation tool designed to analyze engagement in their own classrooms and will discuss their findings during the second and third webinars.

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


  • Mapping the year in reading and writing
  • Designing responsive teaching in the English Language Arts classroom
  • Planning classroom routines and expectations that increase confidence and skill in readers and writers


  • Planning a unit
  • Using formative assessment to drive better teaching and learning
  • Deepening student engagement by balancing independent reading with a core text
  • Balancing the reading diet


  • Planning daily practices to move readers and writers
  • Modeling reading, writing, and thinking to support student independence
  • Meeting the challenges of conferring


Kelly Gallagher teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he has taught for over thirty years. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. Kelly is the author of several books, including 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents (coauthored with Penny Kittle).

Penny Kittle teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for over thirty years. She is the coauthor of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award. She also coauthored two books with her mentor, Don Graves, and coedited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Graves' work, Children Want to Write. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the 2015 Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE's Conference on English Leadership. She regularly works beside teachers to empower young readers and writers.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades 6-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators 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.


It is highly recommended that participants have a copy of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. If you do not own a copy you may purchase one online here: 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.


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.

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

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Availability: Available When: 10/17/2018 - 11/07/2018* Where: Online

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