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Teachers Talking Together

  • Novotel North York Hotel 3 Park Home Avenue Toronto Canada (map)
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Teachers are invited to join a group of amazing authors and educators at a workshop organized by educational publisher Pembroke Press

Wednesday, May 1 at the Novotel North York hotel. This FREE workshop explores community, equity, creating a welcoming classroom space, and much more.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve teaching and learning for your students — register now, by phone at 1-800-997-9807, or by email to Check out the full schedule for this fantastic day:

Making Sense of Teaching: How Do We Inspire & Reach Our Students?

9:00 am

Welcome, from moderator Larry Swartz

9:10 am Larry Swartz: Word by Word Larry awakens the magic of words—the puzzle they present; the joy and delight that waits in their exploration. He shares effective ways to engage students in this exploration of language and literacy.

9:30 am Amanda Yuill: Reaching and Teaching Them All Amanda brings insights into reaching students and making connections with proven strategies for dealing with specific needs of students in integrated classrooms, including students with ADHD and Autism.

9:50 am Brenda Stein Dzaldov: Inspiring Meaningful Learning Brenda shares the 6 key steps of lesson design that makes every lesson engaging, impactful—and even fun! Welcoming students, sharing goals, success criteria, guided practice, and more.

10:10 am Coffee Break & Book Display

11:00 am Ryan Tackaberry: Making Sense of Number Ryan shows us how reflecting on their learning—what they know, their challenges, and finding solutions—can help students change their way of thinking about math and number.

11:20 am Shelley Murphy: Fostering Mindfulness Students—and teachers!—are coming into school with rising levels of stress and distraction. Shelley shows us how mindfulness practices can help to cultivate resilience, self-regulation, and overall well-being.

11:40 am Kathy Lundy: Stand Up and Teach Do you dream of a well-run classroom full of engaged students? Kathy gives us concrete steps to making it a reality with strategies and tips for a safe, inclusive, and thriving classroom.

12:00 pm Lunch & Book Display

Authors Talk Social Justice Books in the Classroom: From the Holocaust to Indigenous Rights

1:00 pm Menno Metselaar: Anne Frank at 90 

Menno Metselaar will discuss the work Anne Frank House is doing with students who visit the Museum and the programs they have which make connections between the lessons of the past and issues confronting young people today.

1:20 pm Author Panel: "Using Great Stories to Teach More than History—Inspiring empathy, compassion, and caring." 

Kathy Kacer: Award-winning author of numerous books on the Holocaust for children, including The Secret of Gabi’s DresserThe Magician of Auschwitz, and the forthcoming The Brave Princess and Me

Menno Metselaar: Project Manager for Publications and Exhibits at Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and primary author of the nonfiction book All About Anne

Margie Wolfe: Co-author of the The Promise and publisher of Second Story Press, which focuses on social justice, feminist, and human rights books for young people and adults.

2:10 pm Author Panel: "Communicating Indigenous History and Stories: Two authors share their experiences on writing and presenting their books." 

Melanie Florence: Author of Stolen Words, the story of a Cree grandfather and granddaughter that explores the legacy of the Residential School System and the importance of regaining Indigenous languages, and author of the upcoming YA novel Just Lucky

Joanne Robertson: Author and illustrator of the First Nation Communities Reads winning book, The Walter Walker, the true story of Nokomis Josephine Mandamin and her work to raise awareness for water protection. The book is coming this Fall in an Anishinaabemowin-English edition.

2:40 pm Book Signing with Second Story Authors

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Earlier Event: April 14
Meet Author Ann Lambert!