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Tools and Processes to Create More Critical Readers / A Virtual Half-Day Workshop

Presented by Jess Lifshitz

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Date and Time

One half-day workshop from 11:30am to 2:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Please note that this virtual half-day workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


One of the best things we can do to prepare our students to be critical readers out in the world beyond our classroom is provide them with tools and processes they can use on a variety of texts to help them better navigate those texts in a responsible way. This workshop will provide participants with concrete tools to use with students to help them learn to read a variety of texts in a way that allows them to better seek out multiple perspectives and identify missing or inaccurate information.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn how to use specific tools and processes to teach students to read images, short stories, picture books, history texts, and media sources more critically.
  • Participants will learn how to use specific tools and processes themselves, as educators, to more critically select texts and teaching materials to use with students.
  • Participants will be given classroom examples of how these tools and processes can be used within English language arts classrooms in a way that merges Common Core standards and critical reading skills.
  • Participants will have time to work in small groups to collaborate with other teachers to create plans to use the tools and processes in their own learning spaces.

About the Presenter

Jess Lifshitz teaches fifth-grade English language arts in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She has been teaching for seventeen years. In addition to her work in the classroom, Jess was a part of the first cohort of Heinemann Fellows. She has written for several literacy-related publications and writes on her own blog regularly at In everything that Jess does, she believes in helping students learn to use reading and writing to better understand and create positive change in the world beyond the classroom. You can follow her and the work she does with students on Twitter at @Jess5th.

Who Should Participate

English language arts educators who work with students in grades 3-8, librarians, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.


The cost of this virtual half-day workshop is $60.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

12/07/2021 - 11:30am-2:30pm ET, Online

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