Engaging Learners Webinars Podcasts

Webinars Connect to relevant, up-to-date ideas in education – wherever you are.

CUSTOMIZED WEBINARS
Professional Development via webinar.

Engaging Learners is set up and ready to go. Participants need an active email address, an internet connection, and a device with sound – like a computer, laptop, tablet or phone – and we handle the rest. Contact us to discuss how we can address your school’s unique challenges.

LIVE WEBINARS
Engaging Learners offers FREE real-time webinars a few times every year.

They’re a great way to brush up on skills you’ve learned at our conference presentations or at your school, to explore new ideas, or to get to know our presenters.

Temporary change effective April 2020: please visit www.KatherineMcKnight.com for links and an updated list of free and low-cost webinars.




Help! My Students Don't Understand What They're Reading! 5 Strategies to Promote Comprehension in the Disciplines (grades 4-12)
March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm CT
Dr. Katherine McKnight
So often, our teenage students can decode text but as soon as we ask them to dig more deeply, we find that they are unable to do so. Understanding the author's message, the main idea, or theme is oftentimes challenging. Our students can "read” (meaning decode) but are unable to comprehend the text. Join Katie McKnight, The Nation's Leading Voice on Adolescent Literacy, for this 45-minute webinar and learn about five classroom-ready strategies that all content area/discipline area teachers can use to build student comprehension. Certificates of attendance are available. FREE registration for all grade 4-12 educators.

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Bridging the Great Divide? Social Media and Academic Writing (grades 4-12)
March 30, 2020 at 7:00pm CT
Dr. Katherine McKnight
Dr. Jenny French
With Special Guest Dr. Jennifer French, author of Help! My Students Write Like They Text: Teaching Code-Switching to Improve Writing. How do we as educators allow students to creatively express themselves, support them academically, and prepare them for a professional world built on written and verbal communication? In this webinar, learn from Dr. Jenny French as she provides strategies and activities to bridge the great divide between social media writing and academic writing. Certificates of attendance are available. FREE registration for all grade 4-12 educators.

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Content Matters: The Intersection of Literacy and Disciplinary Knowledge (grades 4-12)
June 8, 2020 - noon to 4:00pm ET
Alex Kajitani
Dr. Katherine McKnight
Dr. Kathy Perez
Dr. Judy Polleck
Are you ready to learn about effective literacy instruction that can provide pathways for learning about content? As passionate teachers who love our disciplines AND our students we will address the question,“How can I share my passion and love for my discipline while developing the literacy skills that my students need to understand it?” Alex Kajitani presents on math and literacy; Dr. McKnight presents on Literacy & Learning Centers; Dr. Perez presents on innovative ideas for teaching informational texts; and Dr. Polleck presents on the social-emotional advantages of using the book club model with disciplinary texts. Certificates of attendance are availables. FREE registration for all grade 4-12 educators.

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About Live Webinars:

Live webinars are typically offered a few times a year and are scheduled around our presenters' in-school professional development commitments and in-person appearances at educational conferences. Participants need an active email address, an internet connection, and a device with sound – like a computer, laptop, tablet or phone. Registrants receive an emailed access code and link to the webinar upon registration. There is usually time for participants to communicate directly with presenters during a live webinar. Certificates of completion for live webinars are emailed to participants approximately 48 hours after the webinar’s conclusion.

Providing free resources is the best way to give back to YOU and this entire community of like-minded educators.

– Katie McKnight and the Engaging Learners team

REBROADCAST WEBINARS
FREE “replays” of some Engaging Learners webinars

Rebroadcasting is our attempt to accommodate educators who live in different time zones or have schedule conflicts with live webinars. And they're a good way to share professional development experiences with colleagues!




Literacy & Learning Centers for the Big Kids: Getting Started (grades 4-12)
Multiple dates/times
Dr. Katherine McKnight
"Becoming adept at utilizing Literacy & Learning Centers in your classroom will return the joy, raise test scores, and most importantly, increase student engagement. Dr. McKnight has created a road map for Literacy & Learning Centers that is simple to follow but rich in results!" Julie Mitchell, Reading Specialist. Do you want your students to be engaged while developing literacy skills and content knowledge? The presenter, Dr. Katie McKnight works with teachers all over the United States to develop collaborative learning centers designed specifically for grade 4-8 learners. In this 40-minute webinar, Katie will teach the basics about the Literacy & Learning Centers and provide free resources so you can get started in your classroom. Certificates of attendance are available. This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you. FREE registration for all grade 4-12 educators.

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Literacy & Learning Centers for the Big Kids: Tips and Troubleshooting
Multiple dates/times
Dr. Katherine McKnight
The Literacy & Learning Center model was developed specifically for older students. Join Dr. McKnight for this 40-minute webinar where she will share many tips and troubleshooting strategies to get your centers running smoothly. Find out why teachers like Libby Perry say, "Katie McKnight delivers what all 21st century content-area teachers need to be successful and confident in literacy development." Certificates of attendance are available. This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you. FREE registration for all grade 4-12 educators.

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Beyond the Letter Grade: Skills and Standards Based Grading
Multiple dates/times
Dr. Katherine McKnight
The A, B, C, D, F (and number-based) grading system is as obsolete as a typewriter. The inherent issue isn’t that grading exists; it’s about how we’re grading. Deep down we know there are better ways to evaluate student learning than assigning a percentage, a number, or a letter grade. Informed educators are aware of the substantial evidence indicating that the new paradigm, Skills/Standards Based Grading (SBG), contributes greatly to meaningful learning. In this webinar, learn how to develop standards/skills- based grading, even if you are required to use traditional letters and numbers as grades. You will also receive great resources to get started on your journey toward grading and assessment strategies that grow student achievement. Certificates of attendance are available. This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you.FREE registration for all grade 4-12 educators.

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About Rebroadcast Webinars:

Just like with live webinars, participants need an active email address, an internet connection, and a device with sound – like a computer, laptop, tablet or phone. Registrants receive an emailed access code and link to the webinar upon registration. While there is no opportunity to communicate directly with the presenter during an on-demand webinar, participants are welcome to send questions to [email protected]. Certificates of completion for rebroadcast webinars are emailed to participants approximately 48 hours after the webinar’s conclusion.