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One-Day Workshop:
ALL IN: The Role of Engagement in Comprehension

Presented by Ellin Oliver Keene

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What is engagement in reading, exactly? Engagement can be defined, described, and modeled in four ways:

  1. Intellectual urgency—a burning desire to know more, read more, discuss more;
  2. Emotional response to ideas—when ideas and books make us feel deeply or surprise us with emotion we didn't know was there;
  3. Perspective bending—learning that is influenced, enhanced, or altered by others' ideas, and;
  4. Aesthetic Response to learning/reading—being drawn to what we find personally compelling and beautiful.

Many teachers struggle with questions about how to get kids excited about, and responsible for, their own learning. These quandaries often relate to reluctant learners and too often, solutions focus on offering external incentives rather than helping students develop their own lines of thinking and areas of interest about the texts they read. Individual reading conferences are one key tool to enhance comprehension and student agency.

During this workshop, you'll learn how to help students take more responsibility for their own learning and engagement, and what we can do to help our students develop internal motivation. Ellin will differentiate between student compliance, participation, motivation, and engagement, and suggest that engagement is the goal toward which teachers and students work together. She will explore the ways to promote child-driven engagement through a balance of whole class and small group discourse, modeling, and conferring with individual readers.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn to help students engage more completely in reading and learning across the curriculum
  • Discuss ways in which comprehension is related to engagement
  • Explore ways to help students deepen and extend comprehension of text and content area material

About the Presenter

Ellin Oliver Keene has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen years, she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition.

Ellin is the author of Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning; the coeditor and coauthor of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching; Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction; and To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Early Bird Special!

Registrations must be received by January 21, 2020 to qualify for the early bird rate of $209 per person.

Event Photography Notification

Please note that during this workshop, photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending this event, you agree to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, and give permission for Heinemann to use your likeness in any promotional and/or marketing materials. If you do not wish to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, you must see a Heinemann facilitator or staff member to sign an opt-out form, and have your picture taken for identification purposes. Failure to do so will assume permission has been given to use your likeness in any marketing and/or promotional materials.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

03/10/2020 - San Diego, CA
04/21/2020 - Columbia, SC

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