Engagement in Isolation: Keeping Kids and Caregivers Captivated during COVID-19

 In Past, Webinar

Wednesday, May 20th, 2:00pm ET

These uncertain times have catapulted us into uncharted territories of teaching and learning from a distance. With sudden change comes both innovation and anxiety. How might we continue to support our own, our students’, and our families’ engagement in learning and growth during this time of social isolation? Join us as we explore some practical ways to promote literacy (print & digital), social-emotional learning, and hands-on inquiry during distance learning.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to Mackin.com for those who cannot participate in the live session.


Jen McCarty Plucker, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning, Mackin Educational Resources

Jen received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with research focused on adolescent engagement/motivation and accelerated literacy growth. She has over 20 years of education experience as a teacher, administrator, consultant, and adjunct professor. She joined Mackin in 2017 to launch the Professional Learning division.

Deidra Purvis

Lead Classroom Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources

Deidra Purvis has a B.S. in Secondary Education in English, and has taught in grades 6-12 ELA classrooms, ranging from response to intervention instruction to honors classes. Deidra specializes in developing learning environments which engage diverse learners. With a strong belief that every student must have ample opportunities to see themselves in the books they are reading, Deidra has worked with schools across the country to provide teachers with classroom libraries that serve as windows and mirrors for all students in the classroom. Deidra is also a member of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English and The Loft Literary Center.

Lindsay Simmons, M.A.

Professional Learning Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources

Lindsay Simmons, M.A., Professional Learning Specialist, has several years of experience working as an upper elementary school teacher and has most recently served as the STEM Education Programming Manager for a science center in Pennsylvania. She has her master’s degree in Art History with a Museum Studies Certificate and has a passion for learning about most effective engagement strategies, in both design and learning. She enjoys utilizing STEM and Maker Education processes and tools to enhance her students’ learning.

Lindsay Simmons