Workshops, Presentations, & Keynotes

Please note: each of the following can be modified to suit a full- or multi-day workshop, a 75-minute presentation, or a keynote address.

Looking for something different? Contact me to explore possibilities!

Rethink, Revise, RENEW! Authenticating Our Practice As Teachers of Student Writers

Most of us make frequent tweaks to our practice. But how many of us extensively revise our practice in light of new understandings, novel situations, & most importantly, in response to our student writers? This workshop will show you how to do just that--and will leave you feeling revitalized & full of possibility.

Teaching Literacy Through an Inquiry Lens

How do we move beyond the traditional “sit and get” model of teaching literacy skills & strategies (e.g., how to write dialogue)? How can we make our instruction of these skills and strategies more engaging, more student-centered, and more developmentally appropriate? This workshop will help educators find ways to build literacy lessons & units that develop out of student “noticings” and wonders--and which will sustain student learning far beyond any end of the unit assessment or standardized exam.

Using Mentors to Teach Writing

It is virtually impossible to teach our students how to write in every genre, using every form or modality that exists. Instead of trying to do the impossible, why not teach students to closely analyze, emulate, and ultimately move beyond different kinds of writing using a wide variety of mentors? In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify those decisions and craft moves that our favorite authors and illustrators utilize in their work and will leave with a toolbox of strategies that they can use to help their students do the same.

Inspire Writing! with Comics, Picture Books, and Graphic Novels

What is the difference between a comic, a graphic novel, and a picture book? How can we use an inquiry process to build curriculum for visual-heavy composition in our writers’ workshop? Participants of this workshop will walk away with a solid sense of how to answer both of these questions as well as a variety of ideas for how to engage students in trying out some of the craft elements that are found within these popular, yet often undervalued, forms of writing.

Writing, Redefined: Broadening our Ideas about Writing for Equity, Inclusion, & Engagement

What does it mean to “write”? How might we define the act of composing? Throughout this multi-day workshop, we will reflect on our assumptions about what writing “is” and will explore a variety of ways that we might broaden our ideas about writing in order to honor the wide range of compositional choices that any student might make. We will also dive into some new compositional waters ourselves and will use these experiences to reflect on how we might revise our practice to make writing more meaningful, authentic, and engaging for our students.

Practice What You Teach! Nurturing the Writing Lives of Writing Teachers

Too often, those who teach students to write do not themselves identify as writers. Imagine how much more authentic our practice would be if we engaged in a semi-regular habit of writing! This multi-day workshop will help participants get excited about writing for themselves and will offer practical ways to nurture a habit of writing outside of the classroom. We will also reflect on the writing we do throughout the workshop and discuss implications for our work with students

We Have Work to Do: Roles, Tools, and Approaches for Engaging in Culturally Sustaining Practices in Schools & Classrooms (Co-TAUGHT w/ KATHY COLLINS & OTHER colleagues)

It's simply not enough for teachers to decorate classrooms with posters of inclusive platitudes or reserve specific times of the year (November, February) for instruction around "diverse" histories, stories, and identities. Research shows that everyone--educators and students alike--carry hidden racial, ethnic, and cultural biases throughout the year and throughout our lives. Knowing this, it's vital that we examine our curricula, methods, materials, and environments in order to recognize, identify, and work to overcome these biases.

This workshop is for educators who are eager to reflect, rethink, and revise their practice as we collectively work toward culturally sustaining pedagogy. We will center the knowledge, wisdom, and insight of indigenous people of color (IPOC) who have been doing this work for generations. Attention will be paid to both those who teach in diverse schools, classrooms, and communities as well as those who serve more homogenous populations.