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One-Day Workshop:
Every Student Deserves #TheRightTools: Equitable Practices That Meet All Students’ Needs / A Virtual Workshop

Presented by Towanda Harris

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During this virtual workshop, you'll discover how to evaluate your existing resources based on your own students' social, emotional, and academic needs. We'll explore ways to make changes to everyday resources, in order to make sure your students feel seen and heard. With ready-to-use tools, we will lay out a path that helps educators make informed decisions about what resources and practices students need to reach their full potential. By learning how to use formal and informal assessments to drive instruction, teachers will see the value of allowing the learner and not the resource to determine next steps.

First, we'll establish a rationale for determining and evaluating quality resources and practices for your learners' varied concerns. As these social, emotional, and academic needs have a profound effect on your instructional decisions, it is essential to continuously monitor your students' progress throughout the year with the resources that we put before them. So often we misalign activities and strategies for learners' needs and miss out on intentional practice opportunities that could improve students' individual performances. You'll also explore different ways to collaborate with your colleagues to gain insights about their own students and identify how their insight could yield the greatest impact on all students, while building relationships with students and planning for future instruction.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Discover how to evaluate classroom resources based on your own students' unique social, emotional, and academic strengths and needs
  • Examine ways to use class resources to increase student engagement and assure your students feel seen and heard
  • Learn how to use assessments to determine if a resource would benefit your students and your teaching practice
  • Explore how collaboration with colleagues may help you to make instructional decisions that would yield the greatest impact on all students' learning

About the Presenter

Dr. Towanda Harris has been a teacher, staff developer, literacy content specialist, and an instructional coach. She brings almost twenty years of experience to the education world and her engaging workshops provide teachers with useful tools that allow them to reflect on their current practice. Educators rely on her wisdom about how to find resources to assure their teaching goals match their understanding of their students' needs, and how to employ those resources, blending them with best practices to help all students reach their full potential. Her recent book, The Right Tools: A Guide to Selecting, Evaluating, and Implementing Classroom Resources and Practices, informs this workshop.

Her workshops include sessions at the Wisconsin State Reading Association Conference, National Reading Recovery Conference, Indiana State Reading Conference, and the GDOE Impacting Student Learning Conference. In addition to writing and consulting, Towanda serves as an Instructional Leadership Coordinator and an adjunct professor in Atlanta, Georgia.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-5, literacy coaches/specialists, curriculum coordinators, administrators, educators, and support staff.


Each workshop will run from 8:30am-3:30pm; please make note of the time zone! Log in at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get set up.


The cost of this workshop is $209.00 per person.

Your Privacy

Heinemann Workshops will record this virtual event, including breakout sessions where your camera and microphone may be turned on. This recording will only be shared with you and your fellow workshop attendees for 30 days. Your recorded image and audio will not be used in any other way.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

12/10/2020 - Eastern Time (ET) - Virtual Workshop, Online

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