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Elementary Writing Week: Moving Beyond Strategies: Equipping Teachers for Effective Writing Instruction

Thursday, April 25, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Elementary Writing Week

Presented by Julie S. Brehmer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Saginaw Valley State University (MI); and Janine Henley, M.Ed., Literacy Specialist, Heggerty
Moderated by Alisa VanHekken, Chief Academic Officer, Heggerty

Sponsored by Heggerty

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Join us for an engaging edWebinar designed to empower educators with the essential tools and strategies for effective writing instruction. Led by assistant professor Julie Brehmer and experienced educator and curriculum specialist Janine Henley, this edWebinar explores key components of writing curricula, strategies for building teacher knowledge, and effective implementation techniques to nurture writing curriculum success in the classroom.

This is the final session in Heggerty’s three-part Elementary Writing Week, a series that aims to empower educators with practical techniques and insights to cultivate strong writing foundations among elementary students.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-3 teachers, literacy specialists, curriculum coordinators, and school leaders.

Julie S. Brehmer, Ph.D.

About the Presenters

Julie Brehmer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Saginaw Valley State University where she primarily teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy methods courses. She also teaches in the special education program. Prior to joining SVSU Julie was a Literacy Consultant with the Michigan Department of Education, preceded by 14 years in the classroom as a K-12 special education teacher and teacher consultant. She earned her doctoral degree in special education with a specialization in language and literacy from Michigan State University. Julie has a passion for writing instruction and enjoys helping in-service and pre-service teachers learn more about teaching students to become the best writers they can be.

Janine Henley

Janine Henley is currently a Literacy Specialist at Heggerty. Before joining Heggerty, she served as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. Janine holds a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Mary Washington and earned her reading specialist endorsement from the University of Virginia. Trained in Orton Gillingham, she has worked with diverse grade levels, spanning from K-8, showcasing her passion for education.

Alisa VanHekken

About the Moderator

Alisa VanHekken is an experienced teacher and reading specialist. Alisa taught kindergarten and first grade and provided reading support services as a reading specialist. She holds a master’s degree in reading and literacy, along with an ESL endorsement and an administrative endorsement. Alisa was trained in the phonemic awareness curriculum by Dr. Heggerty himself and worked closely with him for over six years. Alisa began working at Heggerty in 2013 and serves as the Chief Academic Officer. She is the co-author of Bridge the Gap and the Early Pre-Kindergarten curricula.

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Heggerty is a literacy education company providing research-based reading and writing curricula for preschool and elementary classrooms. Founded nearly 20 years ago by Dr. Michael Heggerty, a reading instruction pioneer, we provide digital and print curricula, decodable books, classroom resources, and professional development to help educators empower the next generation of readers.

Elementary Writing Week

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