Every child has a story to tell. Their stories include things that they have experienced during the pandemic, including the challenges they have faced in remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. How do we leverage literacy to honor students’ lived experiences through an asset—not deficit—lens? How might we discover who they are as learners in this moment of time?

In this workshop, we will help you learn about your students through story, while helping students explore their identity and gain an understanding of self in this new learning landscape.

We’ll showcase practical ways to kid-watch and observe students. We’ll model how we use the information we gain about each child to effectively personalize learning with print and digital resources, small-group instruction, and creative modalities that engage and motivate learners! Blending traditional and digital opportunities using notebooks, identity webs, digital publication, poetry, art, text sets, multimedia, and more, this workshop will guide you to plan a month-long unit to launch the school year. This session will engage and inspire the full range of K-12 educators and will provide literacy opportunities that invite students to author their own story—no matter where they are in their learning journey.

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