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Our Saturday morning series is perfect for K-12 teachers who want to learn new ideas, tools, and techniques for writing in ELA classrooms and inspiring young writers.

Integrating Social Studies Content in the K-5 Literacy Workshop Classroom
January 21st, 2023

Instructor: Lindsey Lush

In this presentation, Lindsey will discuss how she developed the integration of reading, writing and social studies in her own k-5 classrooms. She demonstrate how reading and writing instruction is crafted into a literacy workshop in the classroom. Through this foundation of a literacy workshop, we will explore ways in which our workshop integrates units of social studies and science content. Lindsey will share her critical exploration of fiction and nonfiction texts as tools for content instruction and inquiry, and how these texts become tools for shared reading, guided reading, and student-selected book groups that serve as reading, writing, and content learning tools. Participants will be invited to craft lessons or units using shared tools and strategies.


“Yes, That's Writing Too!”: A Somatic Poetry Playshop for Early Childhood Educators
February 8th, 2023

Instructor: Dylan Brody

In this playshop, Dylan will begin by discussing their experiences of play-based learning in Early Childhood education, and its connection to “mindbodyspirit” as a learning disposition. Next, participants will explore hands-on wonder experiences that engage the senses and connect with the body as part of a playful writing process. Together, we will share our findings, our writing, and explore the ways in which ‘wonder experiences’ can create expansive doorways to holistic literacy.


Navigating the Divisive Concepts Bill while Teaching K-5 Social Studies Standards

April 8th, 2023

Instructor: Melissa Kurtz

In this workshop, we will look closely at the Divisive Concepts Bill in Georgia (The Protect Students First Act) to think specifically about K-5 Social Studies standards and how to teach within this new context. We will use ideas from bell hooks and other feminist scholars to navigate a path forward to continue to embody “education as the practice of freedom” while teaching the standards.  Participants will be invited to develop found poems and learn the practice of text mapping as a reading comprehension technique.

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  • Jessamyn Greenbride
  • Lindsey Lush
  • Yunqiang Zhang

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