K-12 Literacy Conference

Spring 2024 Recordings

The Gathering is Free, No Registration, and Recorded.

Our 21st Gathering™ was Saturday, April 13, 2024.

You can now view all recordings.

This K-12 literacy conference day is The Educator Collaborative‘s gift to the literacy community. Free. No registration. Edujoy!

Watch the recordings on this website or on any smart device’s YouTube app (watch the how-to video to the right).

Instead of paying to attend, we ask that you Pay The Joy Forward™ to one of our adopted charities.

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On Demand

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by Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative



by Samira Ahmed

New York Times best-selling author

Samira Ahmed is the bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other FiltersInternmentMad, Bad & Dangerous to KnowHollow Fires, and the Amira & Hamza middle-grade duology, as well as a Ms. Marvel comic book mini-series.  Her poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including the New York TimesTake the MicColor Outside the LinesVampires Never Get Old and A Universe of Wishes.

She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Samira has taught high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and New York City, worked in education non-profits, and spent time on the road for political campaigns.

Samira currently lives in the Midwest. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry.

Note: Workshops, Times, and Presenters are subject to change. Portions of the day are pre-recorded.

Click links at each title or use the top menu to navigate to workshops.

Names in orange denote current The Educator Collaborative members.

Names in blue denote alumni of The Educator Collaborative.


On Demand

  • Stefani Boutelier, Sarah Donovan, Jennifer Jowett, and Stacey Joy – Poetry in Community: Healing and Joy [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]


On Demand

  • JoEllen McCarthyLeveraging the Power of Read Alouds to Connect Joy and Science of Reading (Yes, you can do both!) [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]


On Demand

  • Cindy Gerwin and Sarah NorsworthyWhy Do We Cry? Exploring Our Educator Grief to Engage in Joy and Hope [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]
  • Shawna Coppola “But That’s Not ‘Real’ Reading!” Advocating for Comics and Graphic Novels for Readers of All Ages [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]


On Demand

  • Kristine Paulson It Doesn’t Have to Be Boring: Small Tweaks to Increase Engagement with your Foundational Skills Curriculum [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]
  • Christopher Lehman Ways Leaders and Teachers Can Protect Good Teaching in an Era of Bad Programs [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]


On Demand

[Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]


by Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative


“Cultivating Young Multilingual Writers: Nurturing Voices and Stories in and beyond the Classroom Walls”

by Tracey Flores and María Fránquiz

Tracey Flores and María Fránquiz are co-authors of Cultivating Young Multilingual Writers.

Tracey Flores is an associate professor of language and literacy at the University of Texas at Austin. Flores is a former English language development (ELD) and English language arts (ELA) teacher. She is the founder of Somos Escritoras/We Are Writers, a writing and art workshop for Latina girls (grades 6–12) that invites them to share and perform stories from their lived experiences using art, theater, and writing as a tool for reflection, examination, and critique of their worlds. In addition, Flores is the co-chair of the Latinx Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Recently, she was named the 2019 Promising Researcher by the NCTE Standing Committee on Research.

María Fránquiz is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an internationally recognized language and literacy scholar with thirty-plus years’ experience as a teacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and administrator. She has coedited two books and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, academic handbooks, edited books, and special topics journals. Among her professional service contributions are trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation, mentor and director of Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color, and 2022–2023 NCTE president.

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