Webinars

Hear from your favorite Stenhouse authors virtually. 

Watch live and on-demand webinars hosted by your favorite Stenhouse authors in literacy, reading and writing, math, classroom practice, and science and social studies. 

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Renee and Gravity, authors of Teacher's Toolkit for Independent Reading, explain what is the same and what is different when you are conferring with student readers in a remote or hybrid learning environment. They will share how to confer, even if you are not face-to-face in schools, in ways that support independence, ownership and connection. In this webinar participants will:

  • view examples of remote conferring videos
  • learn what questions to ask that lead to students opening up
  • learn what to look and listen for when deciding what to teach
  • see examples of schedules for meeting with all students
  • use tools to develop confidence in your conferring practice

Aired August 19, 2020 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Duration: 1 hour 

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When it comes to leading tough conversations, Hollywood has taught many of us to always swing for the fences. Yet this all-or-nothing approach to tough conversations, especially race conversations, just as often leads to catastrophe as it does to success. In this 90-minute webinar, Matthew Kay will present a counter vision to home-run-or-nothing thinking and work with fellow teachers to design curriculum build for regular, predictable successes.

Aired Jul 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes. 

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When we ask students to memorize their addition and subtraction facts, we are essentially asking them to memorize over 100 isolated equations. Memorization doesn’t allow students to explore the relationships between numbers that are foundational to mathematics.

Over the last 2 years, we've been developing the Building Fact Fluency Toolkit which places contextualized understanding at the forefront of fluency. In this session, we'll explore the components of the #BuildingFactFluency Toolkit and the research that is interwoven throughout so that students can begin to make connections and develop an understanding that is scalable well beyond single digits.

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Although back to school will likely take a different format this year, there are a variety of ways students can still access the authentic grammar instruction in Patterns of Power Plus. Join authors Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca as they share tools and strategies for engaging students in each stage of the Patterns of Power invitational process, whether you’re teaching remotely or in a blended format. Jeff and Whitney will be joined by K-5 Literacy Coach, Patricia Gallery from Smithtown, NY who will share her recent remote learning experiences using Patterns of Power Plus.

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In just 90 minutes, discover the methods and strategies for initiating and facilitating meaningful, productive, and respectful dialogues about race with presenter and author of Not Light, But Fire, Matthew R. Kay.

In this free webinar, you will:

  • Learn how to create classroom ecosystems that support meaningful race conversations.
  • Learn ways to practice skills that are a key part of these ecosystems.
  • Discuss how to strengthen the network of relationships that reinforce these ecosystems.

Matthew is a dynamic presenter who will leave you with the guidance and practical advice you need to make new year's classroom one of the best venues for young people to discuss race. 

*This webinar was recorded prior to June 2020. 

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How do we keep the spirit of play alive in early childhood classrooms? Is it possible to capitalize on children's innate tendencies to learn through play and develop deep mathematical reasoning at the same time? 


In this webinar, we will:

  • share specific routines from the book, Reimagining Early Childhood Routines: Empowering Young Minds to Think, that can be used in class or in remote learning environments to engage children in mathematical play.
  • discuss specific facilitation tips that can be used to support mathematical thinking and develop student talk.

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Authors Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser share research on why independent reading is more important than ever and then offer 5 ways both teachers and parents can support it at home. The tips are applicable to distance learning contexts and will also transfer over to more typical brick and mortar classroom settings.


Participants will learn:

  • key research on why independent reading is so important
  • strategies to share with parents for how to cultivate more independent reading at home
  • ways to offer readers coaching and feedback that applies to a distance learning context 
  • where to focus your attention when it comes to reading instruction to help readers grow.

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Wishing life would go back to normal? Not sure how much longer you can survive the lockdown? Worried about the future?

Tune in to hear from Stenhouse author, Dr. Lisa J. Lucas, for a 1-hour webinar that will explore practical self-care, self-compassion, and stress reduction practices that can help us navigate through these turbulent times. We’ll practice strategies to calm the overactive mind and tame the turbulence in your household. What if we looked at the current state as an opportunity to slow down, take stock, and create order in our lives, internally and externally?

When educators care for themselves deeply and deliberately, they are able to care for the people that matter most in their lives: their students, friends, and families in a healthier and more authentic way.

Now more than ever Dr. Lucas’ book, Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers, provides valuable insights and practical strategies to cultivate well-being. Participants will receive Chapters I (Practicing Presence) and Chapter 2 (Responding Rather Than Reacting) of Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers.

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Rich math tasks are designed to promote student discourse and sensemaking in the classroom. In this time of remote learning, how can we adapt our facilitation of rich tasks so students have access to interesting mathematics from home? During this 45-minute free webinar, Graham Fletcher will talk about remote ways to facilitate 3-Act Math Tasks, which are rich tasks that are always freely available on his website. Whether you're able to have real-time virtual conversations or are limited to asynchronous options, Graham will share ways you can connect with your students, create spaces for them to share their ideas, and engage students in productive math thinking from home.

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Have you ever seen math worksheets with dozens of the same kinds of problems or perhaps riddles at the bottom? 

Robert Kaplinsky believes that we should reconsider using worksheets like these and he has an alternative that is much better. In fact, it's the single biggest bang-for-buck change teachers can make in their classroom and he will tell you all about it. So, hear from Robert for a complimentary 45-min webinar: Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead).

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In this 45-minute complimentary webinar, Caroline Sweet, author of  Patterns of Power en español: Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish, will show you how to use authentic Spanish literature to create invitational grammar lessons based on the work of Jeff Anderson. We will examine the components of the invitational grammar lesson cycle and look at literature for possible mentor sentences to use in your bilingual or dual language classroom.

 

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Sometimes a new resource can help you refocus how you've traditionally looked at a topic and lead to greater student success. For example, most students and teachers think about subtraction as "take away." In this webinar, author Marian Small will show you some different ways to think about subtraction that do not expire and that lead to greater math success in grades K–8.

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When you sit down with student readers without a map it is easy to get lost in the book and leave the conference feeling like you didn’t make the impact you had hoped for. Knowing the teaching focuses, goals, and what to look and listen for across the year helps you feel confident and prepared to help each reader grow. In this webinar, authors Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser of Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading share what a conferring road map is, why it is essential to have one, and a process for creating your own. Participants in this webinar will leave with:

  • A vision of how to prepare for independent reading conferences throughout the year
  • Examples of tools that create a conferring roadmap
  • Practical strategies you can use tomorrow in your classroom when conferring with readers

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Hear from the authors of The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition, Gail Boushey and Allison Behne in this free webinar as they share the content that makes their new, expanded edition so valuable.

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Learn how to deliver authentic grammar instruction remotely using virtual Patterns of Power lessons created by the co-author of Patterns of Power, Whitney La Rocca. She will also be joined by K–5 ESL instructional coaches, Diana Bishop and Rosemary Martinez, who recently developed Spanish virtual grammar lessons based on the Patterns of Power process.

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