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Newsela Summer Workshops

July 11-20, 2022

Designed for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and more, these free workshops will help educators REFRESH, CONNECT, and ENERGIZE. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how Newsela can support their instruction in order to create meaningful classroom experiences for students.

Workshop highlights

  • A keynote address from educator and author, ​ Matt Miller , to kick off the workshops
  • Certificates for up to ​ ​ 4 hours of free professional development ​ and the chance to win exclusive prizes
  • ​ Exclusive sneak peeks ​ of new content, tools, and features on Newsela for the upcoming school year

Agenda at-a-glance

Kickoff

Celebrate the kickoff to Summer Workshops with a keynote address and sneak peeks into product updates for the 22-23 school year!

Engaging your Students
with Newsela

Explore ways to foster classroom engagement with Newsela that focuses on driving student agency, creating relevant lessons that students can connect with, and infusing joy and confidence into learning.

Unlocking Differentiation
in the Classroom

Uncover how Newsela can be used to meet the needs of all learners with a range of embedded differentiation tools and accessibility features that span across our 15,000+ texts.

Integrating Skills
Practice into Instruction

Provide practice and entry points for priority skills with Newsela’s vast library of content that allows you to quickly adapt materials to your instructional needs.

Supporting Student
Social-Emotional Wellbeing

Learn how to easily integrate embedded SEL supports into your instruction, and provide students with key social-emotional tools to succeed in and outside of the classroom.

Newsela Certified Educator Overview

On the last day of Summer Workshops, we’ll cover ways to level up with Newsela’s certification program.

Workshop daily agendas

July 11th

Day 1: Kickoff

ENERGIZE

Keynote: Matt Miller

1:00pm ET

Educator and author Matt Miller will kick off Summer Workshops with a keynote address focused on empowering teachers with tools and resources to create engaging and meaningful learning for their students.

Matt Miller

Author and Educator

Matt Miller’s passion is to equip teachers to thrive in this new era of education and think differently about the craft of teaching. He’s spent more than a decade in the classroom, creating unique learning experiences for his students through technology and creative teaching. He’s the author of Ditch That Textbook and his new book, Tech Like a Pirate. Matt’s been named one of the top 10 influencers in educational technology and elearning worldwide.

REFRESH

Product Sneak Peek

2:15pm ET

Get a sneak peek at what's coming in the 2022-2023 school year. Hear from our Curriculum Strategy Director and former educator, Christina Pirzada, as she walks through all of the new and exciting things coming to Newsela for back-to-school.

Host

Christina Pirzada

Director, Content Engagement

Host

JJ Janikis

Senior Community Manager

Matthew Gross

CEO, Newsela

July 12th

​ Day 2: Engaging your students with Newsela

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REFRESH

Relevant Content

12:30pm ET

Discover Newsela’s authentic, relevant content across subject-products and build a love of learning
for all students.

Annie Eden

Curricular Solutions Architect, Newsela

CONNECT

Inquiry & Accessibility

1:00pm ET

Hear from two Newsela Fellows who spent this past year focusing on engaging students through inquiry and by providing students with accessible content on Newsela.

Kristin Montagano

Digital Literacy Specialist & Newsela Fellow

Carla Neely

5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher & Newsela Fellow

Mecia Moore

Curricular Solutions Architect, Newsela

ENERGIZE

Fostering Engagement

2:00pm ET

Explore ways to support student motivation, interaction, and choice by leveraging both student selected and teacher-directed tools, tasks, and texts as students read across diverse content to build literacy skills and subject-area knowledge

Arianna Ranahosseini

Professional Learning Manager, Newsela

July 13th

​ Day 3: Unlocking Differentiation in the Classroom

July 18th

​ Day 4: ​ Integrating Skills Practice into Instruction

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REFRESH

Monitor Progress

12:30pm ET

Learn about embedded tools and resources within Newsela that support standards-aligned instruction and help monitor student progress throughout
the school year.

Ryan Baxter

Curricular Solutions Architect, Newsela

CONNECT

Aligning Skills

1:00pm ET

Hear from three Newsela Fellows who spent this past year focusing on projects that reinforce skills practice in their classroom with Newsela content and embedded formative assessments.

Zoretta Sanders-Howard

Digital Literacy Specialist & Newsela Fellow

Kevin Balius

Academic Supervisor for Grades K-12 in ELA & Newsela Fellow

Becky Evans-Wilson

Digital Learning Coach & Newsela Fellow

Mecia Moore

Curricular Solutions Architect, Newsela

ENERGIZE

Leveraging Data

2:00pm ET

Dive deep into the Reading Summary section of the Newsela Binder, the available data, and Newsela content and resources for teaching, reteaching, and reinforcing key reading skills. Leverage learnings to plan data-driven instruction and learning experiences focused on essential reading skills.

Alice Montgomery

Senior Professional Learning Manager, Newsela

July 19th

Day 5: Supporting Student Social-Emotional Wellbeing

July 20th

Day 6: NCE Overview

On the last day of Summer Workshops, we’ll cover ways to level up with Newsela’s certification program.

12:30pm ET

Learn more about our Newsela Certified Educator program and how gaining certification can grow your skills and support your current instructional practice.

Katie Robinson

Certifications Marketing Program Manager, Newsela

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Summer Workshops FAQs

Have additional questions? Wondering which sessions align to your role? Check out the Newsela Community for FAQs and additional resources.

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Connect with Educators Across the U.S.

Build connections before the event in the Newsela Community. Meet educators like yourself, explore shared lesson ideas, and ask questions on how to best use Newsela.

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Newsela Certified Educator Course

Level up with a course designed to support educators and school leaders engage more deeply in Newsela. NCEs are eligible for further PD and the opportunity to become a Newsela Fellow.

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