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Collaboration and Creativity: What's Next? / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke

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Date and Time

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

  • Saturday, October 16, 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.


What's next with technology in our classrooms? What will our students need? We believe that collaboration and creativity can improve our students' experiences and address critical social-emotional needs. Kristin and Katie will share the importance of ensuring that students have opportunities to work together, develop critical collaboration skills, and create both individually and as teams. Participants will be given clear and concise ideas to apply immediately, as well as structures and lessons that will carry them throughout the year. We'll explore the best tech and non-tech tools and strategies to accomplish our return to a creative, collaborative, and joyful classroom.

Learning Objectives

  • Design and develop a plan for using creative expression in the classroom as a means for self-expression, assessment, engagement, and establishing community.
  • Craft developmentally appropriate expectations for student collaboration, as well as lessons, tools, and strategies to support students in collaborative experiences.
  • Implement learning experiences that provide knowledge of students to inform instruction throughout the school year.

About the Presenters

Kristin Ziemke is a teacher, staff developer, and the coauthor of Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age; Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom; and Connecting Comprehension and Technology. Kristin specializes in digital learning and is an advocate for the balance of print and digital tools to fuel student thinking. She is a resident teacher for the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago.

Katie Muhtaris is the coauthor of Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age; Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom; and Connecting Comprehension and Technology. She currently works with kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms as an Instructional Digital Age Learning Coach, supporting teachers and students in the areas of literacy, humanities, and technology. She is an advocate for inquiry-based learning strategies and student-driven learning experiences.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, technology educators, 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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Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/16/2021 - 10:00-11:30am ET, Online

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