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One-Day Workshop:
Student Engagement: Practical Tactics for Learning at School and at Home / A Virtual Workshop

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 in the classroom and the problem is compounded if they are learning from home. We struggle to understand why some children engage readily and others don't and too often, solutions focus on offering external incentives rather than helping students develop their own lines of thinking and areas of interest across the curriculum.

During this virtual 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 their own strategies to engage. 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 at home and at school 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
  • Discover ways to help children engage independently whether at school or at home
  • 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. She directs the Heinemann Fellows Initiative, helping teachers around the country undertake action research.

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.


Each workshop will run from 8:30am-3:30pm; please make note of the time zone! Log in at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get set up.


The cost of this workshop is $209.00 per person.

Your Privacy

Heinemann Workshops will record this virtual event, including breakout sessions where your camera and microphone may be turned on. This recording will only be shared with you and your fellow workshop attendees for 30 days. Your recorded image and audio will not be used in any other way.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

11/10/2020 - Pacific Time (PT) - Virtual Workshop, Online

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