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Fitting It All In: Balancing the literacy needs of our students with the schedules and structures we have

with Maggie Beattie Roberts


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How do we fit it all in? In this interactive workshop, Maggie will help teachers tackle this question by managing the workshop model in meaningful ways. From making the "right" choices to working with the 45 (or 90 or 120) minutes we have in the day. Maggie will offer practical support, schedules and resources to help each participant see a possibility of balance for the specific situation.

Drawing on her years of literacy staff development in schools around the country, Maggie will share the different ways teachers match methods of teaching with the needs of students, make strategic choices of balancing whole-class teaching and small group teaching, and get the most traction with each child's learning. 

Come prepared to think big picture (What are different ways to organize my flow of the week within reading or writing workshop?) and tackle the details (What system can I set up for students to practice the work of our small group lesson?).This workshop is designed to balance both content and time to work, giving participants time to process, plan and make materials to bring into their classrooms the next day!

Please bring materials you'd like to use. Possibilities include: 

-a digital device

-a year, month and/or weekly planner

-a copy of a unit you teach (could be the first unit of the Fall, or a current unit) 

-office supplies that make you happy (for me, nothing makes me happier than different sized Post-It notes and Sharpie markers!) 


Maggie Beattie Roberts 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 lead 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.

Maggie is currently a national literacy consultant, author and frequent presenter at state and national conferences. 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. Maggie's favorite role is staff developer, guest teaching alongside teachers in their classrooms. She is co-author of the popular book, DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence (with Kate Roberts), and authored several Heinemann TCRWP Unit of Study books on the teaching of writing. You can learn more about Maggie’s work, as well as access videos and other resources, at

  • May 7th, 2020
    Thu from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

EdAdvance - Litchfield

355 Goshen Rd.
Litchfield, CT 06759 Get directions

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