Ignite Engagement (K-8) with Ellin Oliver Keene (Course # 19CUR1106)

Date(s): 11/6/2019 
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Registration open through 11/4/2019 6:00 AM EST


148 seats currently available.



The registration period has closed for this event.


Course Description

Ellin Oliver Keene explores the questions: What can we do to help students develop internal motivation or, better yet, engagement? Differentiating between compliance, participation, motivation, and engagement, she shows how to develop and recognize true student engagement in your classroom and help students take more responsibility for their learning.

As a teacher, instructional coach, or principal you will learn to cultivate an environment for increasing student engagement. You will also explore four pillars of engagement that provide a framework for considering what it means to be engaged:

  • Intellectual urgency: The compelling drive we experience when we choose to invest time and effort in learning; using questions to propel our learning forward.
  • Emotional resonance: The ability to describe when a concept is imprinted on our mind and our heart; experiencing a strong emotional connection to what we learn or read.
  • Perspective bending: An awareness of how others' knowledge, emotions, and beliefs shape our own; adjusting our thinking when challenged and relishing the opportunity to impact others with our ideas.
  • The aesthetic world:.A recognition of moments when we find something uniquely beautiful, captivating, hilarious, or meaningful, discussing a book, an illustration, a painting, or an idea that seems to have been created just for us.

Truly engaged children are more likely to remember and reapply what they learn. Engagement provides authentic motivation for students and helps them become citizens who act on their learning for the betterment of the world. With Ellin's guidance, you'll discover how to help all children uncover their drive for deeper learning.

Book Available: Engaging Children: Igniting the Drive for Deeper Learning (2018) at special workshop price, $17.85. Order with registration.

Registration includes: All day beverage station and lunch.


Ellin Oliver Keene has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen year she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as Deputy Director and Director of Literacy and Staff Development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania for four years. Ellin works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad with an emphasis on long-term school-based professional development and strategic planning for literacy learning. She serves as senior advisor at Heinemann, overseeing the Heinemann Fellows initiative, and is the editor of the Heinemann Professional Development Catalog-Journal. Ellin is the author of many books as well as numerous chapters for professional books and journals on teaching reading as well as education policy journals.

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Course Cost

The course cost is $125.00

There is an option to purchase the book 'Engaging Children' for a special workshop price of $17.85

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 6

SCECHs- 6.5


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