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Reclaiming Our Literate Lives: Purpose, Possibilities, and Practices / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Stephanie Affinito

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 6:00pm to 7:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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


Our literate lives matter. As educators, we strive to build joyful and impactful reading and writing communities in our classrooms, but we might not offer our own literate life the time and care it deserves. Carefully tending to our own habits and mindsets as readers and writers not only brings a sense of intentional well-being to our own literate lives, it sparks attention to how we are leading the way for our students to do the same.

But how do you know where to begin? In a changing world full of uncertainty and busyness, we might struggle to make our own reading and writing a priority. Which books should we read? Which topics should we write about? How will we find the time? What if our writing isn't good enough? And why does it even matter anyway?

In this workshop, we explore what it means to live a literate life and why it's an essential part of health and well-being for ourselves and our classrooms. Knowing where to begin is the hardest part, so we'll explore a framework and powerful tool to rekindle our relationship with reading and writing. We'll sort through why it's so hard to make time for this kind of self-care, and how we can create personalized daily routines to make reading and writing a priority. You'll leave the session ready to reclaim your literate life with the tools you need to help make it happen.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn why a strong reading and writing life is essential to our health and well-being.
  • Examine a framework for tending to our literate identities over time.
  • Work through a decision tree to chart a renewed course for our own literate lives.
  • Gain access to a sequence of tripwires designed to sustain your literate journey over time.

About the Presenter

Stephanie Affinito is a literacy teacher educator in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany in New York. She has a deep love of literacy coaching and supporting teacher learning through technology. Stephanie creates spaces for authentic teacher learning that build expertise, spark professional curiosity, and foster intentional reflection to reimagine teaching and learning for students. She is the author of Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools and Technology and Leading Literate Lives: Habits and Mindsets for Reimagining Classroom Practice. She presents regularly at state and national conferences on literacy coaching, teacher collaboration, and supporting teacher reading, writing, and learning through innovative technology.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, special education teachers, library media specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 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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11/30/2021 - 6:00-7:30pm ET, Online

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