Beyond Windows and Mirrors: Toward Inclusive Literacy
As literacy educators, we know how important it is that students not only see themselves represented in the books they read, but also have opportunities to explore other experiences, cultures, and settings. Yet, have we unintentionally oversimplified diversity in our attempts to create literacy-rich environments for our students? How might we create inclusive environments for all students? This workshop will provide tools for evaluating your current environment and making changes for the students you serve.
Framework for Navigating Conversations on Social Inequality
In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to a framework for successfully navigating conversations about social justice issues when they arise in classrooms and in the larger school community. We will discuss how to shift our perspective from the individual to the social when faced with a complex social issue. When we are able to “zoom out” and see the big picture, we begin to disrupt the good/evil binary and move forward together.
From Carrots and Candy to Options and Ownership: Motivation and Engagement for Adolescents
This workshop aims to differentiate engagement from compliance. Participants will receive practical strategies backed by the science for engaging learners in rigorous academic literacy work. Implementing the science in spite of our "guts" telling us otherwise can produce surprising and inspiring results. Participants will leave feeling energized, engaged, and motivated to try surefire strategies for maximizing student engagement in their own classrooms. These strategies work for team meetings, professional learning sessions, and parent engagement events as well.
From Frustration to Freedom: Literacy Intervention for Adolescents
This workshop aims to put educators into the shoes of an adolescent striving reader. Participants will explore the challenges students face when struggling to comprehend and consider how students can use their strengths to grow areas of need. Through the stories of the implementation of a literacy intervention program aligned to the most recent research on adolescent literacy, participants can see how they might (re)design their approach to engage learners, accelerate growth, and foster identity change for so many struggling learners.
Get to Know Your MackinMaker Gamified Kit, On-Site, Full-Day Workshop
In this full-day, interactive workshop, we will start by exploring the research behind how maker education and gamified learning not only engage but can foster creativity and innovation through problem solving. Educators will get an orientation to their MackinMaker Gamified Kit, spend time exploring the new making tools included in their specific kit, and dive into how the challenges can align and connect to content area learning and ISTE Standards.
Go Slow to Go Fast: Empowering Teacher Leadership for English/Language Arts Transformation
The high standards for ELA are requiring educators to make paradigm shifts in how they integrate reading, writing, collaborating, and language to promote critical thinking and college and career readiness. This series of workshops aims to support school and district level ELA leadership in making shifts to an inquiry model approach, inclusive texts, student choice, and authentic, student-centered learning. The development of teacher leadership from a partnership with Mackin Learning can lead to both teacher efficacy and student engagement.
Lemons to Lemonade: Embracing an SEL-Integrated Inquiry Approach to Instruction
How can we teach social and emotional learning without adding to our daunting instructional responsibilities? Try embedding them in inquiry! In this session, we highlight instructional strategies that enrich students’ lives by empowering them to connect with their feelings and empathize with others while learning core content through inquiry, design thinking, and a maker mindset. A case study will be shared where through inquiry and a lemonade stand service project, kindergarteners engaged in braided SEL, standards, and community service learning that impacted the entire school.
Literacy Rebooted and (RE)defined: Expanding our Thinking for Increased Engagement and Achievement
Is our definition of literacy broad enough to raise the rigor and engagement in our classrooms? When we broaden our definition beyond simply the ability to read and write and wrestle with what it really means to be literate in this 21st century, we open methods, tools, and mindsets of educators and learners to engage in becoming a truly literate society. The goal of this workshop is to explore how a change in mindset around literacy and text can increase student learning and engagement. We will explore practical ways to apply this mindset in our classrooms.
Makey Makey Invention Literacy Training
The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop is a fun, hands-on learning experience where educators will learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award-winning Makey Makey invention literacy kit. They will experience the benefits of creating as part of the learning experience and discuss ways this tool could be integrated into instruction.
Making a Makerspace: Supporting 21st-Century Learners
As we continue our movement into the 21st century, we know there is an increased need for collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and complex problem solving. All these skills demand a high level of flexibility and creativity. So, how do we begin to provide these opportunities for our students in meaningful ways? In this session, we will explore why making is imperative to prepare our students for their futures and some of the avenues of making that can be employed in the school space.
Making Learning Memorable: Maker Education in the Classroom
The maker movement might be a more familiar practice in the library space, but it is a mindset that needs to be cultivated throughout any school. Maker education teaches collaboration, a growth mindset, creativity, problem solving, and many other crucial skills that they need to be successful in the twenty-first century. In this session, participants will be introduced to integrating maker education into classroom subjects and how this can be an effective way of teaching that celebrates the diverse learning styles and needs of our students.
Meet Your Makerspace
This custom, hands-on workshop gives educators an opportunity to explore the products that they have available to them in their makerspaces. Once they learn how the tools can be used, Mackin Learning works with teachers to discover creative ways to integrate these new tools into what they are already doing in their classrooms or libraries to propel student learning. This session is perfect for schools with a new makerspace, or schools with a makerspace that is not currently being utilized. **It is highly recommended that this workshop is paired with an additional maker education workshop so educators have an understanding of this practice prior to learning the products.
Orientation to the MackinMaker Gamified Kit, 75-Minute Webinar
During this virtual workshop, educators will get an orientation to their MackinMaker Gamified Kit and receive an overview of how the challenges can align and connect to content area learning and ISTE Standards. At the end of this 75-minute session, educators will understand the unique elements of the kit and feel ready to facilitate exploration as students complete challenges and play to learn.
Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat of Discovery: Inquiry in ELA
Approaching learning with inquiry, choice, and student voice can increase the joy students (and teachers) experience in our middle school ELA classrooms. We can let curiosity drive learning by opening up opportunities for questions, discovery, critical thinking, and a nonlinear approach to standards mastery. We will explore practical strategies for how to make minor shifts in your environment for major impact on student engagement and achievement.
Shifting from the Canon to Contemporary Texts
These workshops support ELA educators as they move away from the classics and towards more contemporary texts that explore social inequality issues. Navigating conversations on social inequality in class is complicated for teachers who are already pulled in so many competing directions. In this series, we explore how to use a sociological framework to guide these discussions, allowing everyone to feel more confident when complex issues are covered in class.
Tinkering with Text: Infusing Making into Literacy Instruction
Integrating making into literacy instruction engages learners and can cultivate many essential twenty-first-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and a growth mindset. In this session, participants will learn about the benefits of infusing making into literacy instruction and even experience their own version of it with some hands-on making.