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6 Ways to Engage and Strengthen Young Writers

Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

6 Ways to Engage and Strengthen Young Writers

Presented by Denise Donica, DHSc, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA, National Workshop Presenter, Learning Without Tears; and Keith R. Kline, OTR/L, National Workshop Presenter, Learning Without Tears
Moderated by Zoë Maurer, Senior Content Marketing Strategist, Learning Without Tears

Sponsored by Learning Without Tears



The recording will be posted on this page after the live session. Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.
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Effective writing skills are a crucial component for success in all academic areas. Students need to write clearly to excel in all subjects—from history and science to the arts and beyond. Independent writing blocks can provide dedicated time for students to hone their handwriting skills and learn how to write structured narrative, opinion, and information composition pieces.

This edWebinar will provide you with strategies to foster creative and independent young writers. You will learn the developmental progression of how children progress from drawing to writing letters, words, and sentences to writing independently and creatively. You will discover specific and applicable ways to engage young writers in all settings—whether in a classroom, virtual, or hybrid. Additionally, you will learn how to support families in promoting crucial writing skills outside of the classroom. This integrated approach to writing empowers every educator to help students develop skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives.

This edWebinar will be of interest to pre-K through elementary school teachers, elementary school leadership, district-level curriculum coordinators and district-level leadership. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Denise DonicaAbout the Presenters

Dr. Denise Donica is an associate professor and chair for the Department of Occupational Therapy at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Donica’s focus of clinical practice has been with the pediatric population through school systems, outpatient practice, and telehealth. She has conducted and published research related to student success, handwriting skills, and keyboarding skills. She has also presented nationally and internationally on handwriting and keyboarding-related research.


Keith KlineKeith R. Kline has been practicing pediatric OT in a school setting since September 1999. He currently works in the Coventry Public Schools in Coventry, RI where he works with all students, especially those with exceptionalities, from the pre-K to middle school levels. He has over 15 years of experience working with the Learning Without Tears® family of products: Get Set For School, Handwriting Without Tears, and Keyboarding Without Tears, and has provided numerous presentations using these programs as a National Workshop Presenter. Keith offers private tutoring sessions for those families that wish to help their students improve their handwriting and keyboarding skills.


Zoe MaurerAbout the Moderator

Zoë Maurer is the senior content marketing strategist for Learning Without Tears. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences with a minor in business marketing from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Learning Without Tears in 2017, Zoë was a senior account manager at a digital marketing agency specializing in the education market.


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Learning Without TearsLearning Without Tears’ mission in today’s changing learning landscape is to ensure that the path to student success remains simple and fun. We provide child-friendly, hands-on, innovative instruction for early learning, handwriting, keyboarding, and writing strategies, and our programs reach more than 31 million students in Pre-K through fifth grade.

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