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Kate and Maggie Roberts – DIY Literacy: The Right Tools for the Job-Oct. 8

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  • October 8, 2020
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

“DIY Literacy: The Right Tools for the Job

Oct. 8. 2020 – an On-Line Interactive PD Workshop

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lunch 12:00-1:00pm

Who Should Attend: Classroom teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, administrators and consultants

Kate and Maggie Roberts are national literacy consultants, top-selling authors, and popular keynote speakers. Kate taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2005, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate’s books include: A Novel Approach, Falling in Love with Close Reading, and DIY Literacy (co-authored with Maggie Beattie Roberts). Her work with students across the country has led to her belief that all kids can be insightful, academic thinkers when the work is demystified, broken down and made engaging. To this end, Kate has worked nationally and internationally to help teachers, schools, and districts develop and implement strong teaching practices and curriculum. Maggie Beattie Roberts is a recognized expert in elementary and secondary literacy, content area literacy, and digital and media literacy. Maggie began her teaching career in the heart of Chicago and then pursued graduate studies as a Literacy Specialist at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for nearly ten years, where she led research and development in digital and media literacy, as well as differentiated methods of teaching. She is committed to helping teachers tap into the power of their own deep engagement in reading and writing, and leads school-wide staff development around the country.

Overview: Chances are that you are working harder than ever before.  Your units are chock-full of powerful lessons that challenge students to higher and higher standards of learning. Often our students encounter all of this teaching without always knowing how to retain and use it over time. During this workshop, Kate and Maggie will share four powerful visual tools you can make that will impact your students’ learning. They will offer their experience-honed advice for using these tools for assessment, small-group instruction, conferring, setting learning goals, and most importantly, to help your students become DIY learners—applying strategies and making progress without prompting from you. Join us for this fast-paced, interactive workshop, where participants will walk away with a variety of tools to help your students to work hard, hold onto what they know, and see themselves in the curriculum you teach.


Participants will:

∙ Learn four impactful visual tools

∙ Understand the purposes of the teaching tools’

∙ Create a set of tools to take into your classroom



Program Fees:

Early Bird Individual Member or Partner District Member                 $205

Early Bird Individual Member or Partner Member  (with book)         $225

Individual Member or Partner District Member                                      $220

Individual Member or Partner District Member (with book)                $240

Non-Member/Non-Partner                                                                           $300

Non-Member/Non-Partner (with book)                                                     $320





United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at .