Virtual Think Tank – Design Reading Instruction that is Culturally Relevant, Rigorous, and Responsive, 5-12


Culturally Relevant and Responsive Reading Instruction, 5-12

Join this online cohort to engage in critical inquiry into practices that open up our reading instruction to be a more inclusive, responsive, and ultimately support student growth.

Members of this yearlong inquiry will study with educators from around the world, led by Dr. Dana Stachowiak, TheEdCollab member and contributing author to Culturally Affirming Literacy Practices for Urban Elementary Students and Tricia Ebvaria, Fellow of TheEdCollab and co-founded of Disrupt Texts. Research shows that culturally affirming practices support student achievement, build a stronger sense of self, and benefit entire school communities. This cohort of educators will dig deeply into critical practices around identity, anti-bias education, and student-centered literacy. You will explore your methods, curriculum, and the beliefs that guide them.

The year of Virtual Think Tank cohort meetings is designed to deepen practice through inquiry. Learn methods from cohort leaders, between sessions experiment with students (or educators you lead), return the next meeting to share… repeat!

In addition to live cohort meetings, all Virtual Think Tank members receive a Full Year Study Series as part of their registration.

Cohort + Study Series: CCSS R1-10, W1-10; Danielson 1-4; ISTE S1-4, 6-7; Teaching Tolerance: Identity, Diversity, Social Justice, Action

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Benefits for Registered Members

All sessions are designed for educators, coaches, and administrators seeking advanced learning and intensive study to grow their practice.

Single Session members:

  •  5, one-hour, online, interactive cohort meetings led by experts
  •   Meeting across the year, setting the schedule together
  •  Only 5-10 cohort members, for personalized, rigorous study
  •  Face-to-face, online conversation with international educators
  •  Reflective professional cycle: learn, experiment, return and reflect
  •  Rigorous, standards aligned, practices to raise student achievement
  •  Receive a Professional Development Certificate for the completed cohort


  •  All 12 Study Series Sessions are included, to share with your school team (a $348 value)

The Virtual Think Tank cohort meets for 5 sessions, online, live. View start the start date and time for this cohort here. All additional cohort dates will be determined within the cohort, making your involvement better match your availability.

In addition, cohort members have access to the Full Year Study series. 12 additional workshop sessions, on a variety of K-12 literacy topics. These are available live and on-demand and may be viewed with a group or you may purchase Additional Log-Ins at a greatly reduced rate. Click the Study Series tab to learn more.


Note that dates and times are subject to change, please review our Terms.

Every Virtual Think Tank cohort member receives a Full year Study Series as a part of your registration (a $348 value!).

The Study Series includes a Group Viewing license and may be shared with every member of your school.

Every Study Series Session takes place on a Wednesday at either 11AM EST (8AM PST) or 6PM EST (3PM PST).

Following each live session, a recording is available, On-Demand for repeated viewing through June 30th! Recordings are posted within 7 days from the live event.

View this year’s 2018-2019 Calendar here to see this session’s Date and Time.


*Dates and Times are subject to change, please review our Terms.

*For Group Viewing information, please click here. Please note, the license is to share your live and on-demand sessions only with staff from the same school building, not across a district or full organization.


Adding Additional Log-Ins to the Study Series

*Additional Log-Ins are available for a dramatically reduced rate and open to current all subscribers. Additional Full Season seats for only $20 each (less than $2 per session!) or single session seats for $5 each. Learn more at our Additional Log-Ins page.

During purchase: Search “Additional Seat” or look for the logo and add to your cart. Your cart must contain a Virtual Think Tank or a Full Year Season or the Session(s) you wish to add seats to.

After purchase: Log-in with the same account used to purchase, then go to this page.



Please review all Virtual Think Tank Terms and Conditions before registering, these include Cancellation, Substitution, and Missed Sessions information. Once you have registered, you have agreed to abide by these additional terms and conditions.