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Engaging Students Online: Rising Above Challenges with Strategies for Literacy Instruction / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by M. Colleen Cruz and Jennifer Serravallo

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, April 26, 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.


This honest, practical, and light-hearted workshop will draw from Jennifer Serravallo's Connecting with Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning and M. Colleen Cruz's Risk. Fail. Rise: A Teacher's Guide to Learning from Mistakes, as well as their decades of friendship and thought partnership.

This past year has been a series of ups and downs, changing teaching environments, and ever-increasing stress. We know mistakes were made along the way. A lot of them. While no one knows what the end of this school year will look like, let alone what next year will bring, one thing we know for sure is that some degree of online learning will be a part of it. And all of us would rather avoid repeating as many mistakes as possible. This workshop aims to name troubles that teachers and students face with online learning, and respond to those troubles and mistakes with solutions.

The emphasis of this mini-workshop will be on bringing strategic, assessment-based instruction online through targeted whole class lessons, small group instruction and conferences, while holding onto the very real obstacles teachers and students face. Colleen will address mistakes that can happen during online teaching—both those we can anticipate and those that we can't. Jen will then leave participants with ideas they can carry with them, through engaging videos and her ability to break down complex concepts into actionable, doable steps. This session is meant to engage, equip, and inspire educators in realistic ways during this challenging period of remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the foreseeable future.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase engagement in the online or hybrid classroom
  • Learn strategies to respond to instructional challenges in online or hybrid teaching
  • Plan and adapt curriculum for online and hybrid teaching
  • Utilize video conferencing for conferring and small group instruction
  • Set students up for meaningful independent practice

About the Presenters

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of The New York Times' bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, as well many other popular Heinemann professional books and resources such as The Writing Strategies Book; Connecting with Students Online; and A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences. Her strategies books have also been translated into French, Chinese, and Spanish. Her newest book is Teaching Writing in Small Groups. Jen is an experienced online educator who has been leading webinars and full-day online workshops for more than a decade. She also created two on-demand online courses called Strategies in Action and Teaching Reading in Small Groups.

In addition to being the author of Risk. Fail. Rise., M. Colleen Cruz is the author of several other titles for teachers, including The Unstoppable Writing Teacher; Independent Writing; and A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, as well as the author of the young adult novel Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Finalist. Colleen was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she is Director of Innovation. Colleen presently supports schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, 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.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend Jennifer Serravallo's Connecting with Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning and Colleen Cruz's Risk. Fail. Rise: A Teacher's Guide to Learning from Mistakes.


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04/26/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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