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Journey to a Student-Centered Learning Environment

Presented By Towanda Harris

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Webinar Dates:

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

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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


In her book, The Right Tools, Towanda emphasizes the point that digital and physical resources are only a piece of your teaching, alongside knowledge of best practices, and a deep understanding of your students. As educators, we understand that each of these pieces can have powerful effects. This understanding is useful to teachers, schools, and district offices because there is value in finding and using resources that are well-matched to your students and their academic goals, in order to help them reach their full potential.

In this webinar series, participants will learn how to determine students' strengths and needs, to make instructional decisions that place the student at the center of the learning. Whether in a face-to-face or a virtual environment, we will discuss ways to lay out a path of checkpoints that help students reach their personal goals. Towanda will share strategies and tools that will help to ensure that the learner, not the resource, is driving the daily instruction. In addition, by digging deeper into the question, "Who's Invited to the Table?", we will explore different ways that will allow for maximum collaboration with seemingly minimal time. Learn ways to gain insights from colleagues about their students and identify how their role could yield the greatest impact on student outcomes, while planning for future instruction.

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

SESSION 1: Determining Strengths and Needs in Both a Face-to-face and Virtual Learning Environment

  • Creating checkpoints throughout the learning
  • Determining goals through the use of multiple checkpoints
  • Inviting students into the conversation of goals setting and scheduling check-ins
  • Exploring elements of effective progress monitoring practices and reflecting on current practices

SESSION 2: Becoming a Student-Centered Learning Environment: Amplifying the Student Voices

  • Gradually releasing the responsibility of learning to strengthen student independent practice
  • Make it loud: Strategies for increasing opportunities for student engagement
  • Identifying strategies and activities that strengthen student ownership of their learning
  • Classroom structures and designs that increase student engagement

SESSION 3: Teamwork to Meet Every Student's Needs

  • Using structures to help maximize planning with minimal time in both a face-to-face and virtual learning environment
  • Matching students' needs with teacher's expertise (i.e. gifted, special education, ELL, etc.)
  • Strategies to support and plan for small group instruction that addresses students with different goals
  • Balance between high expectations and learning gaps in student's learning


From the classroom to the district, Towanda Harris has trained teachers throughout the state of Georgia. She brings almost twenty years of professional experience to each of her sessions. Originally an elementary school teacher, Towanda has served as a literacy coach, adjunct professor, K-12 staff developer, and curriculum writer. Her recent book, The Right Tools: A Guide to Selecting, Evaluating, and Implementing Classroom Resources and Practices, informs this webinar. In addition to writing and consulting, Towanda serves as an adjunct professor and Instructional Leadership Coordinator for an urban school district in Atlanta, Georgia. Tweet her @drtharris.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades K-5, literacy coaches/specialists, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and teacher educators.


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 The Right Tools. If you do not have a copy, you may purchase one online here: The Right Tools: A Guide to Selecting, Evaluating, and Implementing Classroom Resources and Practices.


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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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

10/20/2020-11/10/2020 - Starts October 20, 2020- 6:00-7:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 10/20/2020 - 11/10/2020* Where: Online

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