Study Series Session 11: Passion Projects – Support Students Bring Passion to Purpose through Literacy


Passion-Driven Independent Literacy Projects

Kristin Ziemke, author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning, and Amira Abdel-Aal, Fellow of TheEdCollab and expert in social justice oriented literacy education, lead this session on supporting students’ passions and helping them use all of their literacy learning to explore their identities, their world, and to make an impact. All students, regardless of their age, see ways they wish to enhance their understanding of the world around them. From challenging questions such “how do we end gun violence in schools?,” to personal explorations of civil rights icons, to exploring architecture through reading and using building-blocks; there are so many topics students wish to explore. Drawing on student examples and research-driven literacy practices, learn how to introduce, manage, and support student passion projects at the end of the year—or anytime! One of the greatest assessments of learning is watching a student apply what you’ve taught. Projects led by students put multiple literacies to use in authentic, engaging, and skill-building ways. When students see their literacy work as not just “school work,” but as a meaningful way to impact their communities and their world, these skills become more meaningful, engaging, and important. This session will inspire you… your students’ passion projects will inspire you even more!

Standards-aligned: CCSS W1-10, R1-10; Danielson: 1, 2a-b, 3, 4a, d-e; ISTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7; Teaching Tolerance: Identity, Diversity, Justice, Action

Each session is linked to professional and learning standards. As every district is different, crosswalk these between your own standards for alignment or contact us with questions.

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  • Regular Price: $49/session
  • Discount: $39/session discount for 3 or more single Sessions in one purchase
  • Full Year: $29/session (at $348 for the year).  Plus a 15% discount on 5 or more Full Year orders!
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Sessions are tagged with the following Professional and Learning Standards, (we suggest you correlate these to any local standards you may be using): Danielson Framework For Teaching; Common Core State Standards for ELAISTE [Technology] Standards


Benefits for Registered Members

All sessions are designed for K-12 educators, coaches, and administrators supporting reading and writing development in their school.

Single Session members:

  •  Online, interactive Session led by inspiring content experts
  •   Related Resources curated by presenters
  •   Session recording on-demand until June 30
  •   Share your screen with colleagues from your school
  •  Rigorous, standards aligned, practices to raise student achievement
  •  Registered members receive a Professional Development Certificate for all completed sessions

Full Year Series members:

  •  Have access to ALL 12 Sessions and recordings at the greatest discount (only $29/session)