LITERACY - Up the Joy and Ditch the Struggle: Strategies for Secondary ELA Teachers to Love Their Work and Grow


How do we get more joy and less struggle in a profession where people put in such tremendous effort and do such essential work?  This session will support secondary ELA teachers to feel good and be good at teaching. Knowing the challenges that ELA teachers often face, we will chip away at potential problems with practical strategies you can try right away.


Do you want to know how to get and keep writers engaged without ChatGPT reliance, or how to entice reluctant readers to really read that novel? Do you want to learn how to get talk going in authentic ways, or manage the grading load without losing your weekend? Do you need ways to strike a work-life balance so you still have time to go to the gym and see growth among every student? Are you looking for practical strategies to manage a classroom without “managing?” 


We will consider these goals and more. Teachers will leave with a host of literacy strategies so they can see their students thrive and find more joy in their essential work.

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8:45 AM - 10:14 AM ONLINE

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  • Berit Gordon

    Berit Gordon is an author of books for teachers, as well as a coach and supporter to schools across the United States. Before consulting, Berit taught in NYC public schools and in the Dominican Republic for over fifteen years. She is also a former adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. 


    Her book, The Joyful Teacher, is a collection of tried-and-true strategies that empower teachers and help them create an even greater impact in their classroom. Her other book, No More Fake Reading, offers solutions for boosting stamina, joy, and skills among adolescent readers. 


    Whether running workshops, leading coaching sessions or working in classrooms, Berit strives to empower teachers so they can empower students.  Her workshops are known to be engaging, fast-paced, and highly practical. When she’s not traveling to schools, she lives with her family in Maplewood, New Jersey.