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Spring into Summer Planning! Using a Digital Library for Reading Access, Activities, and Advancement for All

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Reading Through the Summer Slide – Engaging Families Through Literacy

Presented by Lisa McManus, US Partnership and Program Manager, Worldreader; and Kristen Walter, US Director of Programs, Worldreader

Sponsored by Worldreader

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What makes for great summer programming? What should be considered when planning literacy activities for families over the summer? Watch this edWebinar to explore these topics and learn how using a digital library can help provide consistent book access for mono and bilingual families in your summer programming. In addition to thinking through summer success, learn how to pair engagement activities with digital books to enhance home connections and help caregivers provide ongoing literacy development.

Schools and education organizations leave with strategies for effectively planning summer reading for families, and with specific tools and activities for family engagement through literacy. Not only do we explore resources for placing digital books in homes, but we also discuss best practices for driving reader engagement. Each viewer leaves with access to Worldreader’s digital library and summer family book collection.

The session starts with a high-level conversation on planning for summer reading practice and challenges, then drills down into specific activities and digital books educators can send home or use in class. Watch as we “Spring into Summer Planning” in a fun and engaging way!

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK through elementary teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, ELL educators, migrant family coordinators, and Title 1 coordinators.

Lisa McManusAbout the Presenters

Lisa McManus is the US partnership and program manager for Worldreader in Chicago, IL. She has spent her career teaching students kindergarten through fourth grade throughout the U.S. and coaching teachers in best practices around literacy instruction. She holds a master’s degree in reading and literacy and is part of the team developing the first monthly newsletter at Worldreader geared toward teachers, partners, and families. Throughout her 20 plus years in education, she has been an active member of her community through coaching students in basketball and Girls on the Run, as well as volunteering with Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly and Chicago Canine Rescue. In her free time, she enjoys teaching group fitness classes and playing with her dog, Judy.

Kristen WalterKristen Walter, Worldreader’s Director of US Programs, has worked in literacy education for the last 20 years. Before joining the Worldreader team, Kristen was the director of education and partnerships for Reading In Motion and teaching and learning manager for Crayola. Kristen’s teaching career spanned over 15 years, starting as a certified art and music instructor in NC and ending as an arts integration specialist with a focus on improving literacy development for second language learners. A leader in the classroom and beyond, Kristen helped her school become a national Title I school, P21 Exemplar School, finalist in the Intel Schools of Distinction Math Award, CCAC Crayola grant winner, and win the National School Change Award. She has been recognized as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator and both Kristen and her fifth-grade students were invited to showcase a game design project at the first annual White House Arts Integration Fair.

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Worldreader is a global nonprofit that provides access to digital books to children and families around the globe. Since 2010, over 13 million people — using e-readers and tablets in schools and libraries, and mobile phones worldwide — read e-books for free on their devices.



Wednesday, March 9, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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