Growing Readers by Growing Ourselves: Literacy Development for Authors and Educators

Online | Essential Conversations, Business of Publishing
As authors, educators, and professionals who bring story to kids, we have a real responsibility to nurture a love of reading in both ourselves and the young minds we influence. In fact, both are extremely intertwined. Join us for this two-night mini course that offers professional development practices in literacy, with authors and educators Nawal Qarooni and Jasmine Warga.

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - July 18 @ 7:00 pm

Online

$59

Overview

A Two-Night Mini Online Course

As authors, educators, and professionals who bring story to kids, we have a real responsibility to nurture a love of reading in both ourselves and the young minds we influence.

In fact, both are extremely intertwined.

Join us for this two-night mini course that offers professional development practices in literacy, with authors and educators Nawal Qarooni and Jasmine Warga.  Discover how you can cultivate deep connections with literature amidst your busy life, and explore the art of reading for self-discovery and across diverse genres.  This transformative two-night journey is designed for all who share our belief in the power of story for kids, and will take us deep into the world of meaningful reading and how it benefits us, our children, and our communities.

  • Thursday, July 11 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern)
  • Thursday, July 18 (7pm – 8:15pm Eastern)
  • Webinar-style program with closed captioning available and limited interaction in the chat
  • Recordings available until August 31, 2024

Why This Workshop?

Growing readers (whether in our roles as creatives or educators) takes cultivation of our own literacy practices. It involves a lifelong commitment to bringing diverse and rich stories into our lives, and growing our own love of reading.

Join authors and educators Nawal Qarooni and Jasmine Warga to uncover the many ways that growing as individual readers benefits our children, our communities, and our global society. This two night program will guide participants through ideas that:

  • Cultivate literacy-focused lives even amidst busy schedules,
  • Explore the connections that reading makes in our selves, our families, our communities, and our world,
  • Delve into reading as a source of emotional release, enjoyment, knowledge, and expanding empathy,
  • Nurture relationships with young readers in your own life,
  • And so much more!

A book list will be provided from those shared during the session.

Feedback Expected

  • None is included in the course. There will be limited interaction in the chat feature of the webinar-style program.

It’s a Great Fit If…

  • You are a reader and you’re looking for ways to make time for reading in your own life.
  • You are a caregiver, educator, and storyteller who wants to encourage younger readers as they grow. We’ll show you ways to nurture this love of reading in your community of kids and teens.
  • You work in the children’s book industry. Authors, illustrators, editors, agents, booksellers, marketers, and/or publishing executives will deepen their understanding of these essential conversations in the industry.
  • You are looking for something short, sweet, and smart! This is not a full workshop; it is two 75-minute sessions with limited engagement meant to support you and those you care for in their reading journeys.

Tentative Agenda

At registration: You will receive a Zoom link to use each night of the course.

IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND LIVE:

If you are unable to attend either session for any reason, you’ll have access to the recordings (with closed captioning) through August 31, 2024.

Please note that if you register for the course after the start of the first session, you will not receive recordings immediately. You’ll receive both recordings after the close of the last session, usually within 24 hours.

All Times are Eastern Standard Time.  Click on the headings below to explore the agenda in more detail.

Part One: Thursday, July 11(7pm-8:15pm Eastern)
  • Exploration of how we nourish ourselves in a chaotic world,
  • Research on what reading—in its most expansive definition—does to the brain,
  • Discussion of strategies that we’ve used with success to grow readerly lives as adults, for our own children and with students,
  • Exercises to cultivate our own communities of care grown from reading,
  • Centering our readers—as caregivers, as educators, as storytellers, and for ourselves!
Part Two: Thursday, July 18 (7pm-8:15pm Eastern)
  • Exploration of what we do with our reading,
  • Making sense of what we read in communities of care,
  • Finding one’s own voice in response to reading,
  • Making stories as invitations for creation,
  • Exercises with the pen—as catharsis, toward sense-making, toward freedom,
  • and Q & A with Nawal and Jasmine!

How It Impacts Kids

Kids and teens are always learning by the actions of adults around them. If adults commit to a life of reading, this will positively impact the children around them—creating a love of reading that will put them on their own journeys into adulthood.

Meet the Faculty

DETAILS

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - July 18 @ 7:00 pm

$59

Online

Access

When you register for this course, you’ll receive information via email to confirm.

For mini courses (one or two nights only), you’ll receive webinar links immediately to use on the evening of the course.

For longer courses, you’ll receive an invitation to your virtual classroom as the workshop approaches.

Learn more about the technology that we use for our online workshops.

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.