Supporting Family Literacy While #SocialDistancing

 In Distance Learning, Past, Webinar

Thursday, April 30th, 3:00pm CST

Schools across the world are turning to distance learning, many until summer. As a result, students will be challenged with an even longer season of summer slide. Students’ faucet of resources necessary for growing literacy skills may slow during these crucial months. Students from low-income families, ESL students, and special education students are most at risk. What can teachers and other school leaders do to support family literacy during this time apart? This webinar will explore ways educators, librarians, and leaders can continue to support families as they promote literacy at home.

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


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.

Greta Schetnan, M.A. Ed.

Classroom Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources

Greta Schetnan has a Master of Arts degree in Education and is a trained Montessori teacher. She has taught in diverse, multi-age settings working as a PK-6th grade teacher, a literacy specialist, and an enrichment liaison for students and parents. Greta loves working in the Classroom Department at Mackin where she continues to support teachers and students with high-quality, custom literacy resources. Greta is a member of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English and is currently reading Free Lunch by Rex Ogle.