OCTOBER 3–29, 2020

ILA Next

Learning Labs

Registration for ILA Next includes live and on-demand access to 12 engaging, timely, and relevant Learning Lab sessions.

Learning Labs provide additional opportunities to engage in learning about new ideas, research, products, and services. These opportunities can benefit educators' practice right away or inspire ideas for the future.

A wide range of topics will be explored by publishers and education service providers throughout the four-week event.

Learning Labs will broadcast live 11:30 AM–12:10 PM and 12:15 PM–12:55 PM ET each Saturday of the four-week event. If you miss a live session, a closed-captioned recording will be available on demand within five (5) business days.

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Saturday, October 3

11:30 AM–12:10 PM ET

Ernest Morrell

Cultural Responsiveness and Engagement in Today's Literacy Classrooms

Ernest Morrell, Savvas Learning Company

Students in today's classrooms are unique individuals. They are also simultaneously members of multiple communities. During this session, educational leader  Ernest Morrell will speak on how culturally responsive instruction, both as a curriculum and a pedagogical approach, embraces these identities and works to positively enhance student voice and engagement.

Session participants will leave with

  • Knowledge of the background and challenges in today's classrooms that can be answered with the core principles of culturally responsive instruction
  • An understanding of how cultural misunderstandings and intolerance, as well as underrepresentation, is detrimental to learning
  • A sampling of culturally responsive instruction and engagement strategies that teachers and administrators can implement to positively impact student growth and morale

12:15 PM–12:55 PM ET

Cornelius Minor Kass Minor

The Kids Will Be All Right: An Exploration of What Kids Are Really Learning Right Now

Cornelius Minor and Kass Minor, Heinemann

Kids need a lot. What we can accomplish in remote/hybrid learning feels different from what we used to accomplish. No one is really sure of what to do with this reality given that standards and expectations have not changed in any explicit way. The back-to-school rhythms of assessment and community building have been disrupted. Although the pressure to return to business as usual feels intense, in this session, educators will explore the possibilities in taking pause, scaling back to the roots of teaching and learning, and exploring how joyful learning communities are cultivated by allowing kids to take the lead.

Saturday, October 10

11:30 AM–12:10 PM ET

Lucy Calkins Hareem Khan

Yes, Workshop Teaching Can Be Alive and Well in Your Virtual and Blended Classrooms: Practical Help for Holding Tight to Workshop Teaching

Lucy Calkins and Hareem Khan, Heinemann

In this session, Lucy Calkins and Hareem Khan will share practical tips and videos that help you imagine real-world, doable ways to hold tight to the values of workshop teaching even when you are teaching in hybrid, remote, or social-distanced classrooms. You'll get a peek into the virtual teaching supports that Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have developed to help teachers teach the Units of Study virtually, and hear about ways to help students have social relationships that support literacy and opportunities to read and write for their own important reasons. You will also hear feedback from teachers who are supported by communities of practice.

Lauren Tarshis Tricia Culligan

The Power of Stories to Build Resilience and Empathy

Lauren Tarshis and Tricia Culligan, Scholastic

As our students navigate today's disrupted and complex world, stories can provide them with models of resilience and empathy that can empower and inspire them. In this session, I Survived author and Storyworks editor Lauren Tarshis and Storyworks 3 editor Tricia Culligan share insights and tactics for finding these stories and incorporating them into the school day and independent reading plans.

12:15 PM–12:55 PM ET

Rachel Berger

Supporting Students With Learning Differences With Free Microsoft Learning Tools

Rachel Berger, Microsoft

Microsoft has created free, accessible assistive technology to support students who struggle with reading, writing, math, and communication. Whether you are in the classroom or distance learning, this session will help you foster inclusion and increase accessibility in your learning community. The presenter will showcase how these free, accessible learning tools can be used to support classroom engagement for users with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or ADHD, as well as emerging readers, English learners, or students with any combination of abilities. Details, demonstrations, and student examples will be shared about several new and improved sets of features across Microsoft products.

Alexandra Spichtig

Reading Efficiency: The Gateway to Reading Motivation and Sustained Reading Success

Alexandra Spichtig, Reading Plus

Reading efficiency is a facet of reading behavior that is proven to be highly relevant to instruction and critical to reading proficiency. It has not, however, received the empirical attention it deserves. This presentation will draw attention to variations in efficiency between proficient and non-proficient readers and the implications of these variations for instruction. Carefully designing an environment that best serves each student's needs is critical to providing all students with effective reading instruction and practice. As such, matching instructional objectives with skill development and reading tasks that include appropriate levels of text complexity is an important consideration when we strive to effectively assist students in overcoming inefficient and/or ineffective reading habits.

Saturday, October 17

11:30 AM–12:10 PM ET

Kristin Ziemke Katie Muhtaris

Rethinking Learning: Digital Best Practice for Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Instruction

Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris, Heinemann

Our school year may look different from previous years, but what we know about teaching and learning endures. Today, we ground ourselves in pedagogy as we rethink literacy, adapt and adopt our practices to meet the needs of a changing environment, and focus on relationships as the cornerstone of our instruction. With a few adjustments and new strategies for digital learning, we can plan interactive lessons, differentiate with resources, and excite students with ownership and purpose. Whether multiplying yourself via video, assessing from a distance, or looking to familiarize yourself with digital literacy research, we will provide structures and strategies that simplify your teaching and result in joyful learning.

Eric Litwin Gina Pepin

The Power of Joyful Reading: Help Young Readers Soar to Success

Eric Litwin and Gina Pepin, Scholastic

Eric Litwin, original author of the best-selling Pete the Cat series, and Gina Pepin, an award-winning teacher, provide expert strategies to promote social-emotional growth, build foundational reading skills, and create a love of reading. Their framework supports all curricula and works with all learning approaches to immerse young children in joyful shared reading experiences, help them learn to love books and reading, and see themselves as successful readers.

12:15 PM–12:55 PM ET

Linda Spahr Colleen McKean

Literacy Strength Through Leadership Lessons

Linda Spahr and Colleen McKean, Lead4Change Student Leadership Program

During this session, participants will learn about the Lead4Change Student Leadership Program, which is for sixth- through 12th-grade students in the United States and is available free for U.S. educators. Through the program, students use and strengthen their literacy skills through a series of leadership lessons and a service project. Learn why the program is a perfect fit for a virtual or hybrid learning environment.

Saturday, October 24

11:30 AM–12:10 PM ET

Marc Aronson Heather Montgomery

Authors in Conversation | Channeling Curiosity and Unleashing the Writer Within

Marc Aronson and Heather Montgomery, Bloomsbury

Marc Aronson, coauthor of Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation, and Heather Montgomery, author Who Gives a Poop? Surprising Science From One End to the Other, discuss their approaches to research and writing.

Elizabeth Bassford

Onramps to Grade Level: Rethinking Small Group

Elizabeth Bassford, Curriculum Associates

A spate of new studies and data from national assessment sources is a call to action: We can no longer allow some students access to grade-level content, text, and standards while others are consistently relegated to lower level work. This session will share practical models that move beyond the over-reliance on leveling text toward the use of proven scaffolds and the role they play in supporting high expectations for all.

12:15 PM–12:55 PM ET

Renée Watson Gillian McDunn
Kate Messner Ellen Hagan

Authors in Conversation | Voices From the Middle Grade: Fiction That Fosters Empathy and Connection

Renée Watson, Kate Messner, Gillian McDunn, and Ellen Hagan, Bloomsbury

Four award-winning authors, Renée Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine), Kate Messner (Chirp), Gillian McDunn (These Unlucky Stars), and Ellen Hagan (Reckless, Glorious, Girl), share their thoughts about their writing and their newest books.