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

Presented by Jess Lifshitz

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 5:00pm to 6:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, March 22, 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.


One of the best things we can do to prepare our students to be critical readers in the world beyond our classroom is to provide them with tools and processes applicable to a variety of texts. But how can we help students navigate texts in a responsible way? This mini-workshop will provide concrete instructional tools that help students learn to read a variety of texts in ways that allow them to better seek out multiple perspectives and identify missing or inaccurate information.

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • Learn how to use specific tools and processes to more critically select texts and teaching materials to use with students
  • Experience 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
  • Create a learning plan to use these tools and processes in various learning spaces

About the Presenter

Jess Lifshitz has been teaching fifth-grade English language arts in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, for seventeen years. In addition to her work in the classroom, Jess was part of the first cohort of Heinemann Fellows, and she has written for several literacy-related publications. She 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 4-8, librarians, literacy coaches, reading and language arts 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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03/22/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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