Integrating Literacy and Civics in Elementary School K-3

Professional Development Training for K-3 Educators

A two part series focused on integrating civics into what you're already teaching.

Part 1: 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Heart, Head, Hands and Feet and K-3 Civics Education with kim yaris

How can we help students see the ways their actions can impact their community?   

In this lively, hands-on virtual webinar, Kim Yaris, co-author of  Reading Wellness and  Who’s Doing the Work?  will share the “Heart, Head, Hands and Feet” lesson—a powerful pathway to helping students learn about people who have done great things for their communities.  

In addition to sharing many extraordinary picture book biographies for primary aged children, she will share an array of other picture books that can be used in K-3 classrooms to lay the foundation for civic mindedness.

Trainer Bio  


Part 2: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

telling our stories in pictures and words: building empathy within a diverse community


Trainer Beth Olshansky Reconstructing and sharing family immigration stories in pictures and words can be a powerful tool for finding common ground and building empathy within and across diverse communities. Learn about Beth Olshansky’s work with newcomers in the Manchester School District and the partnership established with students in a rural New Hampshire community. Experience for yourself how words can bring a picture to life.

Coming to America Immigrant and refugee students and native English speakers create and share stories about their own, or their ancestor's, journey to this country. They construct their family immigration stories using Image-Making Within The Writing Process, a collage-based approach to writing that using hand-painted papers created by each student. Through this rich, multimodal experience, students find common ground.

Trainer Bio  
Beth Olshansky is the developer of two innovative, multimodal approaches to literacy learning that have been proven effective for a wide range of learners. Author of  The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art,  Beth  has written numerous journal articles and teacher manuals as well as produced several instructional videos. She has trained over 12,000 teachers across the United States, the US Commonwealths and Territories, and Canadian Arctic. Because pictures serve as a universal language, her innovative methods for teaching writing have found a natural home among English Learners and others who struggle with words.



Once registered, receive free access to Mike Anderson's Democracy in Action in Elementary School course, which complements the above curriculum and is self-paced.  A coupon code will be included with your confirmation email.



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This workshop was fabulous. I really needed ways to incorporate social studies into what I already do (English/Language Arts;) I feel I accomplished this here. The presenters were awesome.
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