Voyager Sopris Learning is proud to present an ongoing series of webinars hosted by our authors and select education professionals about topics of interest to the education industry. We host a Spring and a Fall series every year.

Our Spring Webinar series is now complete, but you can view the recordings below. Check back later in the year to see what's in store for our Fall series, or explore other webinars using the buttons below.

Jenny Hamilton
Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed.

Drive Student Success with Strategies for Building Proficient K–12 Writers

Why do so many students struggle with writing?

Research tells us that writing facilitates deep learning. When students write about what they read they see improved outcomes in:

  • Content knowledge
  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading fluency
  • Word reading skills

Join us for a webinar on how to support the individuality of every learner and grow literacy across the curriculum content areas through research backed grade-level-specific instructional writing strategies that meet students at their level of need and move them forward.

National Literacy Consultant Jenny Hamilton will present highly effective strategies your teachers can implement immediately to create better writers in your school or district.

About the Presenter

Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed. has over 30 years of experience as a special education teacher, district-level consultant, and national literacy trainer. She has a passion for improving instruction in reading and writing for all students.

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Jenny Hamilton
Jenny Hamilton, M.Ed.

Strategies for Building Proficient K–12 Writers

As instructors, it can be frustrating to see a lack of good writing skills despite dedicated efforts. Join this useful presentation to explore why students struggle with writing.

To help students juggle the necessary high- and low-level cognitive skills, teachers must be equipped to deliver explicit, sequential, and systematic writing instruction. This webinar will introduce several multisensory writing strategies, for use with students of all ages, to fill gaps you may face as a writing teacher.

Learn highly effective strategies you can implement immediately to create better writers, including:

  • Ways to connect research to effective practice
  • The power of feedback
  • How to deliver writing instruction

Jenny Hamilton
 is a national literacy consultant.

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Mary DahlgrenDr. Mary Dahlgren

Michelle EliaMichelle Elia

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Teaching Reading: The Connection Between Student Literacy and Professional Development

Learning to read can be challenging, and many teachers of reading do not always know how to help students master foundational skills that lead to lifelong literacy. When teachers are more fully prepared, they can help all learners overcome challenges and improve reading achievement.

This informative webinar, with literacy experts Dr. Mary Dahlgren and Michelle Elia, explores how teachers need to be smarter than their programs; details effective solutions and interventions; and demonstrates how to supplement and strengthen core programs and adapt pacing for individuals.

You will gain knowledge and insights into how:

  • Rigid implementation of a core program can create as many problems as haphazard, incomplete implementation
  • Teacher judgment—informed by knowledge of research and use of formative data—should always be a factor in decision making
  • To define quality professional development and identify the indicators of strong core instruction
  • To monitor and outline goals that are meaningful, ambitious, and attainable

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Lucy Hart PaulsonDr. Lucy Hart Paulson

Judy DodsonJudi Dodson

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Let’s Talk: Nurturing Social Emotional Learning

Young students often are emotionally vulnerable. Choosing the right activities and approaches can enhance the emotional climate of a classroom, creating safe havens where children will grow emotionally and academically.

Join Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, and Judi Dodson, M.A., to learn about the interrelated developmental sequences of social communication skills and ways to create nurturing classrooms that foster social emotional learning. During this insightful webinar, Dr. Paulson and Ms. Dodson will discuss:

  • The connections between language, cognitive, and social emotional learning
  • The developmental stages and age expectations for social communication skills
  • Factors that create a climate and culture that supports positive language and communication skills
  • Activities that will make your classroom a safe space for children, preparing them for social and academic growth

Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson
is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working with children and their families. She is the lead author of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators and Good Talking WordsJudi Dodson is a national LETRS trainer and works with school districts addressing issues related to school change, teacher knowledge, and literacy achievement. She is the author of 50 Nifty Speaking and Listening Activities.

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John WoodwardDr. John Woodward

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Improving Math Instruction: Making the Complex Understandable for Teachers and Students

The need has never been greater for well-designed mathematics instruction that promotes confidence in teachers and guides students to success.

Join Dr. John Woodward as he shares a contemporary look at the relationship between math curriculum and professional development that increases teacher knowledge while improving student growth.

Attendees will take away the knowledge to:

  • Identify “user-friendly curriculum” for teachers and students
  • Better address the needs of struggling students
  • Balance the relationship between math curriculum and professional development

Dr. John Woodward
 is the lead author of TransMath® and NUMBERS.

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Louisa MoatsDr. Louisa Moats

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Teacher Preparedness: Who is Confident Teaching Reading and Spelling?

Poor preparation of teachers specializing in reading and learning disabilities is contributing to this country’s literacy problem. In this insightful presentation, nationally recognized literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats explores why this problem exists and what administrators and teachers can do to help students achieve greater success.

Join us to gain insights into:

  • The disciplinary knowledge necessary to be confident (and effective)
  • The dynamic interconnection of reading development, structure of language, and assessment of individual differences
  • How to help educators become confident (and effective) teachers of reading, spelling, and language
  • Why considerable breadth and depth of subject matter knowledge is necessary to teach explicitly

Dr. Louisa Moats
 is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).

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Diane Vautrot
Dr. Diane Vautrot

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Overcoming the Challenge of Poverty: Helping Low-Income Students Move Toward Reading Success

Educators can inspire students to move beyond the confines of poverty and low achievement to gain skills they need for success.

Dr. Diane Vautrot will share her experiences leading a reading initiative in a public school system in a culture of poverty in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You will learn how Vautrot and her team made dramatic improvements for students reading below grade level, including those with severe reading disabilities. With a staff committed to leading students to believe in their capabilities and a sound, low-cost reading program, teachers in Gilmer County Charter Schools are breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy and changing lives.

Dr. Diane Vautrot
, Support Services Coordinator, Gilmer County Charter Schools, GA

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Carol TolmanAlisa Dorman

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ESSA and Evidence of Effectiveness: Looking More Critically at Evidence-Based Research

Does your district’s curriculum meet the quality of evidence required in the new ESSA standards? Do you know what to look for when reviewing new curriculum?

In this webinar, Alisa Dorman will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and explore four key evidence types—anecdotal, descriptive, correlational, and causal—along with how to use each when reviewing the quality and strength of available curriculum studies. Understanding these differences is important for educators as they become more critical consumers through evidence-based research. You will learn ways you can:

  • Apply knowledge of evidence types to various information sources
  • Evaluate the quality of evidence related to product effectiveness
  • Categorize evidence according to ESSA criteria
  • Better help teachers become critical consumers of product information

Alisa Dorman
is Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education.

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Carol TolmanDr. Carol Tolman
Regina TeatRegina Teat

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What's Your Big-Picture Literacy Plan?
Ways to Impact Change in an At-Risk School

Why do schools need a big-picture plan that involves professional development for literacy?

The change process can be lengthy, messy, and uncomfortable. However, this type of change is essential and worthwhile, because it leads to empowered teachers and improved outcomes for students.

In this webinar, Dr. Tolman and Ms. Teat share how you can equip educators with the skills to teach reading and writing effectively. They will explore the 'why' of literacy planning, identify expected outcomes, and review commonalities all school leaders should consider when planning literacy professional development.

Dr. Carol Tolman is a LETRS® author and national teacher trainer. Regina Teat is Director of Elementary Education and Title 1 and 2 for Dorchester County Public Schools, Cambridge, MD.

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Louisa MoatsDr. Louisa Moats
Kimberly BennettKimberly Bennett
Alana CohenAlana Cohen

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Develop Your Teachers into Literacy Experts

When teachers understand the WHY behind the HOW of teaching reading, students make greater gains—and are on track for lifelong success.

Administrators from Rapides Parish School Board in Louisiana will share how they are achieving incredible K–3 literacy results and making great strides in improving reading and literacy—intervening before students fall too far behind. Dr. Louisa Moats will discuss strategies to help:

  • Address the professional development piece of your reading initiative
  • Equip your teachers with the skills to teach early foundational reading
  • Empower your teachers to set all students on a trajectory toward grade-level reading proficiency

Dr. Louisa Moats 
is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Kimberly Bennett is Deputy Assistant Superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Alana Cohen is a District ELA Curriculum Specialist K–5, Rapides Parish School Board, Louisiana.

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alisa-dormanDr. Monica Burns

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8 Ways Teachers Can Incorporate Technology in the Classroom

How are you using digital tools to meet the needs of students in your classroom?

Dr. Monica Burns will share strategies on how to integrate technology in the classroom with simple solutions you can implement immediately for long-term, sustainable change in your school. Learn how to make the most of the digital tools in your classroom, whether you have access to just one device or multiple devices, including Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, or interactive whiteboards.

Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and the founder of

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alisa-dormanAlisa Dorman
Steven Bailey
Steven Bailey

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Literacy Success for Struggling Readers: Strategies that Work

Without the right intervention tools, it’s nearly impossible to turn a struggling reader into a grade-level success. But with the right program in place, combined with effective teaching strategies, students can make remarkable gains.

This presentation will share best practices for fostering literacy skills in students who struggle, and will explore how to select a reading intervention program that will take your struggling readers to new levels of literacy success.

Alisa Dorman is Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education. Steven Bailey is Principal, Madison Middle School, Vista Unified School District in California.

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Alan NovemberAlan November

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Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning

Access to timely information and communication tools empowers educators to focus on the individual needs of their students, and lead to a wealth of benefits while helping to develop a strong learning community.

Always dynamic and fascinating, Alan November leads this exploration of the potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning. Learn why thousands of educators turn to Alan November to become the best they can be—and get the most from their students. A question-and-answer session will give attendees the opportunity to ask Mr. November for direct responses to your most pressing challenges.

Alan November is an international leader in education technology and has been named one of the nation's 15 most influential thinkers.

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Carol TolmanDr. Carol Tolman

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Champion Change: How Teacher Knowledge Impacts Student Success

Learn why and how high-quality professional development impacts student literacy during this timely webinar, where literacy expert Dr. Carol Tolman will present applicable new information about:

  • Long-term literacy planning
  • Innovative professional development approaches
  • Building teacher knowledge of the science of reading

Learn how the new LETRS for 2018 improves teacher instruction with flexible, online training and embedded video that show you how to apply everything you learn.

Carol Tolman, Ed.D., LETRS coauthor and national teacher trainer.