K-12 Literacy Conference


The Gathering is Free, No Registration, and Recorded for Future Viewing!

Our 20th Gathering™ was held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 and is now Streaming!

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

This K-12 literacy conference day is The Educator Collaborative‘s gift to the literacy community.

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

How to attend free on any smart TV or device.



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by Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative


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“Drawing from Experience”

by Raúl The Third

award-winning author, illustrator, and artist

Raúl The Third is a New York Times bestselling and three-time Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge was awarded one of the year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2021 from the New York Times and the New York Public Library and the Pura Belpré Award for Illustration. He is currently adapting his World of Vamos! books into an animated television series with Silvergate Media and Mercury Filmworks. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

His other works include the Lowriders series—Pura Belpré Award for Illustration (winner), Texas BlueBonnet award (nominated), the El Toro & Friends series—Bank Street Best Book of the Year , the Coco Rocho board book series with Elaine Bay—Good Housekeeping Best Kids’ Book, Strollercoaster with Matthew Ringler and Elaine Bay—Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, and Stuntboy series with Jason Reynolds—Bank Street Best Book of the Year, ALA’s Schneider Family Award Honor Book.

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

Click links at each session 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.



  • Dawnavyn James and Erin Green – The Power of Picture Books: Integrating Social Studies & LiteracyBlack History Toolbox : Resources You Need To Teach Black History in the Elementary Classroom [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]
  • Sarah Norsworthy and Kirsten Cappy – Building Social & Emotional Literacies Within The Genre Of Welcoming Literature – Centering Picture Books That Tell Modern Multiracial & Multicultural Stories Of Immigration [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]



  • Stefani Boutelier and Ingrid VredevoogdCo-learning with AI in the Secondary ELA Classroom [This session has been canceled.]
  • Beth PumaThe Co-teaching Adventure: Sharing the Vision for Educational Equity for Multilingual Students [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]



  • Dr. Towanda Harris and Nawal QarooniObservational Literacy: Honing Skills to Process the World [Watch Here | Watch on YouTube]
  • Lois Marshall-Barker and Zainab JabakLeveraging Technology and Storytelling to Establish Context for Text Studies [This session has been canceled.]





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by Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative


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“Armed with Intellectual Freedom: Current Challenges and Next Steps”

by the Freedom to Read Foundation, Joyce McIntosh, Assistant Program Director

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association.  FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect – and individuals to access – information.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all individuals the right to express their ideas without governmental interference, and to read and listen to the ideas of others. The Freedom to Read Foundation was established to promote and defend this right; to foster libraries as institutions wherein every individual’s First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled; and to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work which they may legally acquire.

Founded in 1969, the Freedom to Read Foundation was the American Library Association’s response to its members’ interest in having adequate means to support and defend librarians whose positions are jeopardized because of their resistance to abridgments of the First Amendment; and to set legal precedent for the freedom to read on behalf of all the people.

❤Pay the Joy Forward!❤

The Educator Collaborative is proud to adopt these charities during our Gathering.

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TheEdCollab Gathering is a free, no registration, streaming educator conference organized by The Educator Collaborative. Sessions are presented by guest educators and authors whose proposal titles and abstracts have been approved. Session content is presented and exclusively controlled by individual presenters. The Educator Collaborative is not responsible for session content. Sessions are streamed and archived on this website and on The Educator Collaborative’s YouTube page, which remain the only permissible sources for viewing Sessions. Beyond this, Sessions, in whole or in part, may not be rerecorded, remixed, reproduced, or disseminated in any other form without express written permission of both The Educator Collaborative and the respective presenter(s), any such reproduction or dissemination is unlawful and a violation of copyright.