Study Series Session: Differentiating for All of Your Readers: Text, Talk, and Tech – Heather Rocco and Brian Sweeney


(January 11, 6PM) Heather Rocco, NJCTE Educator of the Year, and Brian Sweeney, teacher and award winning Journalism advisor, are members of The Educator Collaborative consulting network and will lead this session on reaching all of your readers. Based on research and classroom practice on differentiation, reading engagement, and standards-aligned practices, learn ways to reach and teach readers through purposeful text choices, conversations and technology integration.

Danielson Domains 1, 2, 4; CCSS R1-10

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Registration levels:

  • 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!
  • GO FARTHER: A Full Year subscription is INCLUDED for all Virtual Think Tank members!

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

Study Series seats are intended for a single user however, NEW FOR 2016-2017, members receive a “Group Viewing License” to sit around a screen with colleagues to share and learn together! We love Collaboration!

Single Session members:

  •  Join an online, interactive web session led by the hosts
  •  View the session recording on-demand until June 30th, 2017
  • Learn rigorous, standards aligned, practices to raise teacher practice and student achievement

Full Year Series members:

  •  Have access to ALL Sessions and recordings at the greatest discount!  Click here to view.

Heather Rocco is a member of The Educator Collaborative consulting network. With nearly twenty years of literacy instruction expertise at the secondary level, Heather has served as a classroom teacher, English Language Arts Supervisor for grades K-12 and an education consultant in some of the highest performing schools in New Jersey. She focuses much of her professional work on designing learner-centered, authentic literacy experiences for students. She has supported districts in designing standards-based and student-focused curricula, adopting new instructional methods, and leading school-wide initiatives with passion. Additionally, Heather has an extensive background in supporting and coaching literacy leaders. Heather has served as Program Chair for NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership (CEL) Annual Convention and was elected CEL’s Associate Chair in 2014. Through her work with CEL, she designs professional learning opportunities for administrators, supervisors, teacher-leaders, and coaches to help them implement and sustain effective instructional practices and curriculum. She also facilitates the organization’s #LitLead, a monthly Twitter chat for literacy leaders.

Brian Sweeney is a member of The Educator Collaborative consulting network. Recently, Brian has been innovating approaches to student journalism and news as advisor to “The Classic,” the award-winning student newspaper of Townsend Harris High School at Queens College. Brian is intensely interested in bringing scholastic journalism into the digital age as a means to promote the most essential literacy skills of 21st century life. His leadership and innovative approaches to teaching students to use traditional and web 2.0 online journalism tools has garnered national attention and a number of awards. The Newsies! Awards, sponsored by Baruch College, named The Classic’s online news site the best in New York City; the paper also won awards for school news reporting, sports reporting, national news coverage, and multimedia storytelling. The Classic also won the First Amendment Press Freedom Award for protecting the rights of student journalists, an honor only six schools in the country received.