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Developing Our Tools to Reimagine Classrooms, Sustain, and Thrive / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Nawal Casiano and Cornelius Minor

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, March 19, 2022

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.


It has been two years since the pandemic began, and we continue to grapple with so much. We are built for hardship, but we aren't built for relentless hardship. As educators, we know we must develop tools to face it all and make specific and intentional changes to ensure our own survival. And beyond that, we must redefine what it means to thrive. So how do we operate in the face of incessant challenge? In order to make our work more sustainable, and to cultivate joyful, safe learning spaces for our students, we must reimagine classroom methodologies and how we make decisions and redesign the experiences of our kids.

In this workshop, friends and colleagues Nawal Casiano and Cornelius Minor will guide you through this necessary work. Nawal will draw on her years of experience as an international journalist, writing teacher, and literacy coach, in collaboration with Cornelius' depth of experience as a middle school teacher, literacy coach, and professional development facilitator.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn strategies to rethink classroom methodologies
  • Gain ideas to reimagine how we make decisions as professionals
  • Explore new blueprints to redesign student experiences

About the Presenters

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices—specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week; Brooklyn Magazine; and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project; The New York City Department of Education; The International Literacy Association; and Lesley University's Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius, made its way around the film festival circuit; and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he established The Minor Collective LLC, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people. You can connect with Cornelius at his web site, or on Twitter at @MisterMinor.

Nawal Qarooni Casiano is a Chicago-based educator and writer who works across education spaces to support a holistic model of literacy instruction. She and her team of coaches at NQC Literacy work with teachers and school leaders to grow a love of reading and composition in ways that exalt the whole child—their cultural capital and their intrinsic curiosities. Her identity as the proud daughter of immigrants and mother of four young multiethnic kids shapes the way she understands education. She is a former international newspaper reporter and currently a contributing writer for We Need Diverse Books, in addition to the teaching blogs Choice Literacy and Two Writing Teachers. Nawal holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan; a master's degree in newspaper, magazine, and online journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School; and a master's degree from Brooklyn College via the NYC Teaching Fellows program. In her daily literacy coaching and school-based support, Nawal draws on her years as a middle grades classroom teacher and professional writer, as well as her love of photography and connection to nature. Her recent projects include researching and designing a family literacy program for Chicago Public Schools and authoring a forthcoming book, slated to be published by Heinemann in 2023. You can find her reading aloud to her kids, biking around Chicago's Logan Square, or on Twitter @NQCLiteracy. Learn more about her work at

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades 2-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.


The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 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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