Planning for Social-Emotional Learning Instruction in Literacy

August 16, 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. ET

Presented in conjunction with CASEL, this 90-minute webinar/workshop hybrid looks at how to tend the social-emotional needs of both students and teachers heading back into the classroom (virtual or otherwise).

This workinar is not just a virtual seminar but rather an interactive learning experience. The first half will feature a presentation by our keynote speakers, Justina Schlund from CASEL and Christine M.T. Pitts from NWEA. During the second half of the workinar, attendees will split into separate breakout discussions to continue their learning in moderated small-group workshops.

The workshops are as follows:
• Primary/elementary students (grades K–3), led by Rhonda M. Sutton and Tamera Slaughter
• Intermediate/middle school students (grades 4–8), led by Sara K. Ahmed and Chad Everett
• Secondary/high school students (grades 9–12), led by Gerald Dessus and Kimberly Eckert
• Principals and staff developers, led by Arlène Elizabeth Casimir

Please note that space in each breakout workshop is limited, and ILA cannot guarantee that attendees will be able to get a “seat” in any particular workshop. Please come with an idea of which breakout group you would like to join as well as a backup in case your first choice is full.

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Literacy Teaching in Turbulent Times

August 4, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. ET

Anti-Black racism and the global COVID-19 pandemic are having an unprecedented impact on our students, our schools, and our profession. Please join us as Stand for Children's Jonah Edelman facilitates a frank conversation with Ernest Morrell and Nell K. Duke about the challenges and opportunities of teaching during an unsettling and uncertain time.

This 60-minute webinar with interactive Q&A is free for everyone.
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Book Access in the Post-COVID Era


As schools and libraries have closed because of COVID-19, book access is an even more pressing issue for students worldwide. Join host Molly Ness, creator of the End Book Deserts podcast, and Susan B. Neuman, Allister Fa Chang, and Karlos Marshall as they talk book access in homes, schools, and communities as well as impact on students. They will unpack the statistics around book access and explore why access is an issue of equity. Prepare to be inspired by the innovative people and programs who work to get books into the hands of children. At the end of this panel, you'll be ready to join in the fight to end book deserts.

This 60-minute webinar with interactive Q&A is free for everyone. Additional resources about ending book deserts can be found at

How to Raise and Teach Anti-Racist Kids: A Virtual Town Hall

Join ILA, Kwame Alexander, and a panel of educators, authors, and activists for a discussion on how teachers and families can educate and empower kids to imagine and create a more just world. The panelists for the town hall are Cornelius Minor, Tiffany M. Jewell, Pam Allyn, Dr. Noni Thomas López, Karyn Parsons, and Kimberly Jones.

The first half of the 90-minute event will focus on discussion with a live Q&A to follow.

A recording of this event is available on YouTube and on Facebook.

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