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Voyager Sopris Learning is proud to present an ongoing series of webinars hosted by authors, education professionals, and math and literacy experts about topics of interest to the education industry. We host a Fall and Spring series every year.
Our Fall webinars began in September; please check this page periodically for updates on each month's webinar. You can also watch recorded webinars via the blue buttons below. Thanks for joining us this Fall!
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Join these three experienced educators as they share what works when it comes to
getting young learners to enjoy writing -- and helping them learn to do it well!
With an emphasis on advancing literacy and getting kids to love all kinds of
writing, Shannon McClintock Miller, Tracy Ferguson, and Kate Lamoureux will share what they’ve learned over
the years, including strategies, apps, best practices, and proven resources to transform unengaged K-4th
graders into motivated and excited learners who love to write.
You’ll leave the webinar with new ideas and tools to try, and engaging and
meaningful strategies to inspire a true love of writing, including ways to:
Register now and and learn more about how these literacy-focused educators use coding, making, graphic organizers, digital storytelling and more to help students write well and love doing it!
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Myths and misconceptions have long been part of our educational system. When it comes to the instruction targeting the English learner, the same holds true. However, as research is published that focuses on culturally and linguistically diverse students,
the more we know about what is true and, simply, what is not. . . and how we can better serve these students and proliferate their potential.Dr. Fierro will discuss:
Join this fascinating and informative presentation and learn what it takes to work effectively with ELLs to set them on a path of literacy—and lifelong success.
There is a common tendency today to link higher math standards for our students with the kind of achievement we see in other countries. A complementary thread is to link high standards in math to the broad trends in our ever-changing, information
economy. High school students with only a basic understanding of mathematics don’t stand a chance against machines. High standards proponents commonly refer to our marquee industries such as finance, information technology, engineering,
and biomedicine to reinforce the idea that mathematics is a gateway to a successful career. By implication, we need to ensure all students are proficient in this discipline. But, is this the case?
Join this enlightening, informative discussion with Dr. John Woodward, author of TransMath, as he explores what kind of mathematical preparation today’s students need to be successful in life.
As he explores how and why an alarming number of adults struggle with basic concepts in probability, common statistical concepts such as variance, and proportional change such as percent increase and decrease, he’ll share what needs to be strengthened
in math education today.
Dr. John Woodward is the lead author of TransMath® and NUMBERS.
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Join us for this infomative webinar presented by Andrea Samadi, a former classroom teacher and education specialist, who will share ideas to help struggling readers skyrocket literacy in the classroom. "Are You Using These Nine Brain-Aligned Strategies?"
will focus on some of the most common hurdles students face at the intermediate/advanced level with reading acquisition.
Samadi will explore these brain-aligned solutions along with examples of how to implement each strategy in the classroom:
Strategy 1: How to Build Vocabulary that Skyrockets Students Past Their ObstaclesStrategy 2: Improving Syntax by Making Sense of Sounds/PhonemesStrategy 3: The Progression of Words to SentencesStrategy 4: Understanding Idioms and Multiple
Strategy 5: Using Technology to Improve Listening and Speaking SkillsStrategy 6: Building Confidence Through Self-AwarenessStrategy 7: Using Listening and Metacognition to Improve MotivationStrategy 8: Building Confidence with
Mental Practice, Intonation, StressStrategy 9: Using Blueprints for Writing Success
About the Presenter:
Andrea Samadi is an author and former middle school teacher.
As a consequence of advocacy, many states have now adopted laws pertaining the identification and treatment of dyslexia. While recognition of dyslexia is long overdue, conflicts between scientific evidence and popular beliefs continue to complicate implementation
of these well-intentioned laws. Dr. Louisa Moats, author and nationally recognized literacy expert, will address quandaries such as the definition of dyslexia, appropriate criteria for identification, teacher preparation, and selection and use of
Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is the lead author of LANGUAGE! Live, a blended program for adolescent students reading below grade level. She is also the lead author of LETRS professional development for literacy educators. Dr. Moats has authored
many books, journal articles, policy papers, and materials for professional development in the areas of reading, writing, and language. She received her M.A. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt and her Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education..
Unfortunately, in most cases struggling students are unmotivated, unengaged, and frustrated with learning to read and write. As teachers and librarians, we see this all the time. But how do we get these students interested – let alone excited about
– something in which they’ve had a long history of failure?
The #IAmMore movement invites us to see a district, teacher or student for more; for what they can do instead of their limitations, and for more than what meets the eye.
Join this webinar and see how one teacher and her students are celebrating I AM MORE, the contest that allows us all to showcase how every student’s skills can be used to become all they dream possible.
Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant, literacy expert, and children’s book author with a passion for education, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others. She serves
as the K–12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa.
Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed.
Why do so many students struggle with writing?
Research tells us that writing facilitates deep learning. When students write about what they read they see improved outcomes in:
Join us for a webinar on how to support the individuality of every learner and grow literacy across the curriculum content areas through research backed grade-level-specific instructional writing strategies that meet students at their level of need and
move them forward.
National Literacy Consultant Jenny Hamilton
will present highly effective strategies your teachers can implement immediately to create better writers in your school or district.
About the Presenter
Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed. has over 30 years of experience as a special education teacher, district-level consultant, and national literacy trainer. She has a passion for improving instruction in reading and writing for all students.
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Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed.
As instructors, it can be frustrating to see a lack of good writing skills despite dedicated efforts. Join this useful presentation to explore why students struggle with writing.
To help students juggle the necessary high- and low-level cognitive skills, teachers must be equipped to deliver explicit, sequential, and systematic writing instruction. This webinar will introduce several multisensory writing strategies, for use with students of all ages, to fill gaps you may face as a writing teacher.
Learn highly effective strategies you can implement immediately to create better writers, including:
Jenny Hamilton is a national literacy consultant.
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Learning to read can be challenging, and many teachers of reading do not always know how to help students master foundational skills that lead to lifelong literacy. When teachers are more fully prepared, they can help all learners overcome challenges
and improve reading achievement.
This informative webinar, with literacy experts Dr. Mary Dahlgren and Michelle Elia, explores how teachers need to be smarter than their programs; details effective solutions and interventions; and demonstrates how to supplement and strengthen
core programs and adapt pacing for individuals.
You will gain knowledge and insights into how:
Young students often are emotionally vulnerable. Choosing the right activities and approaches can enhance the emotional climate of a classroom, creating safe havens where children will grow emotionally and academically.
Join Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, and Judi Dodson, M.A., to learn about the interrelated developmental sequences of social communication skills and ways to create nurturing classrooms that foster social emotional learning. During this insightful
webinar, Dr. Paulson and Ms. Dodson will discuss:
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working with children and their families. She is the lead author of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators and
Good Talking Words. Judi Dodson is a national LETRS trainer and works with school districts addressing issues related to school change, teacher knowledge, and literacy achievement. She is the
author of 50 Nifty Speaking and Listening Activities.
The need has never been greater for well-designed mathematics instruction that promotes confidence in teachers and guides students to success.
Join Dr. John Woodward as he shares a contemporary look at the relationship between math curriculum and professional development that increases teacher knowledge while improving student growth.
Attendees will take away the knowledge to:
Poor preparation of teachers specializing in reading and learning disabilities is contributing to this country’s literacy problem. In this insightful presentation, nationally recognized literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats explores why
this problem exists and what administrators and teachers can do to help students achieve greater success.
Join us to gain insights into:
Dr. Louisa Moats is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
Educators can inspire students to move beyond the confines of poverty and low achievement to gain skills they need for success.
Dr. Diane Vautrot will share her experiences leading a reading initiative in a public school system in a culture of poverty in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You will learn how Vautrot and her team made dramatic improvements for students
reading below grade level, including those with severe reading disabilities. With a staff committed to leading students to believe in their capabilities and a sound, low-cost reading program, teachers in Gilmer County Charter Schools are breaking
the cycle of generational illiteracy and changing lives.Dr. Diane Vautrot, Support Services Coordinator, Gilmer County Charter Schools, GA
Does your district’s curriculum meet the quality of evidence required in the new ESSA standards? Do you know what to look for when reviewing new curriculum?
In this webinar, Alisa Dorman will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and explore four key evidence types—anecdotal, descriptive, correlational, and causal—along with how to use each when reviewing the quality and strength of
available curriculum studies. Understanding these differences is important for educators as they become more critical consumers through evidence-based research. You will learn ways you can:
Alisa Dorman is Former Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education.
Why do schools need a big-picture plan that involves professional development for literacy?
The change process can be lengthy, messy, and uncomfortable. However, this type of change is essential and worthwhile, because it leads to empowered teachers and improved outcomes for students.
In this webinar, Dr. Tolman and Ms. Teat share how you can equip educators with the skills to teach reading and writing effectively. They will explore the 'why' of literacy planning, identify expected outcomes, and review commonalities all school
leaders should consider when planning literacy professional development.
Dr. Carol Tolman is a LETRS® author and national teacher trainer. Regina Teat is Director of Elementary Education and Title 1 and 2 for Dorchester County
Public Schools, Cambridge, MD.
When teachers understand the WHY behind the HOW of teaching reading, students make greater gains—and are on track for lifelong success.
Administrators from Rapides Parish School Board in Louisiana will share how they are achieving incredible K–3 literacy results and making great strides in improving reading and literacy—intervening before students fall too far behind.
Dr. Louisa Moats will discuss strategies to help:
Dr. Louisa Moats is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Kimberly Bennett is Deputy Assistant
Superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Alana Cohen is a District ELA Curriculum Specialist K–5, Rapides Parish School Board, Louisiana.
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How are you using digital tools to meet the needs of students in your classroom?
Dr. Monica Burns will share strategies on how to integrate technology in the classroom with simple solutions you can implement immediately for long-term, sustainable change in your school. Learn how to make the most of the digital tools in your
classroom, whether you have access to just one device or multiple devices, including Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, or interactive whiteboards.
Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and the founder of ClassTechTips.com
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Without the right intervention tools, it’s nearly impossible to turn a struggling reader into a grade-level success. But with the right program in place, combined with effective teaching strategies, students can make remarkable gains.
This presentation will share best practices for fostering literacy skills in students who struggle, and will explore how to select a reading intervention program that will take your struggling readers to new levels of literacy success.
Alisa Dorman is Former Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education. Steven Bailey is
Principal, Madison Middle School, Vista Unified School District in California.
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Access to timely information and communication tools empowers educators to focus on the individual needs of their students, and lead to a wealth of benefits while helping to develop a strong learning community.
Always dynamic and fascinating, Alan November leads this exploration of the potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning. Learn why thousands of educators turn to Alan November to become the best they can be—and get the most
from their students. A question-and-answer session will give attendees the opportunity to ask Mr. November for direct responses to your most pressing challenges.
Alan November is an international leader in education technology and has been named one of the nation's 15 most influential thinkers.
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Dr. Carol Tolman
Learn why and how high-quality professional development impacts student literacy during this timely webinar, where literacy expert Dr. Carol Tolman will present applicable new information about:
Learn how the new LETRS for 2018 improves teacher instruction with flexible, online training and embedded video that show you how to apply everything you learn.
Carol Tolman, Ed.D., LETRS coauthor and national teacher trainer.