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Recap: “I’ve Got 5 On It” Webinar Series

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November 5, 2023

Recap: “I’ve Got 5 On It” Webinar Series

We recently wrapped our “I’ve Got 5 On It” webinar series, and playback is now available for all sessions! This engaging and informative series brought together 5 educators, thought leaders, and experts in the fields of ELA and math education speaking on 5 topics, and the sessions provided valuable insights, research-based strategies, and practical tips to enhance teaching practices and support students’ learning journeys.

The “I’ve Got 5 On It” series alternated each month between focusing on key aspects of the Science of Reading and research-based math teaching practices. These webinars were designed to offer educators openly accessible professional learning opportunities aligned with Open Up Resources’ mission of cultivating more equitable classrooms.

Did you miss any of the sessions in this series? Read on for playback links.

Here’s a recap of some of the key highlights and takeaways from the series:

  • Science of Reading: In the Science of Reading sessions, we delved into the foundational principles of effective reading instruction. Educators explored the science behind reading acquisition and discovered evidence-based strategies to help students become proficient readers.
  • Math Teaching Practices: The math-focused webinars emphasized research-based teaching practices. Educators learned how to implement these practices in their classrooms to foster a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts among their students.
  • Expert Insights: Throughout the series, we had the privilege of hosting expert educators and researchers who shared their knowledge and experiences. They provided valuable perspectives and practical advice to empower educators in their classrooms.
  • Equity and Inclusivity: Equity was a central theme in many of the sessions. Educators explored ways to create inclusive learning environments and support students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring that all students have access to high-quality education.

The “I’ve Got 5 On It” webinar series by Open Up Resources brought together a remarkable lineup of speakers, each offering unique perspectives and expertise to empower educators and enhance learning experiences. 

Natalie Wexler (ELA): Watch Now

  • Topic: Natalie presented on practices for building knowledge that fuels reading comprehension.
  • About Natalie: An acclaimed education writer and author of “The Knowledge Gap,” Natalie emphasizes the importance of knowledge in education.


José Luis Vilson (Math): Watch Now

      • Topic: José discussed rethinking the purpose of education and its impact on learning.
      • About José: An educator, writer, speaker, and activist, José advocates for equitable education and shares insights on race, class, and education.

Lorena Germán (ELA): Watch Now

      • Topic: Lorena delved into the Science of Reading conversation, addressing literacy problems and exploring solutions.
      • About Lorena: As an education advocate, Lorena raises questions about literacy issues and encourages a science-based approach to literacy education.

Dr. Farshid Safi (Math): Watch Now

      • Topic: Dr. Safi discussed equitable and student-centered teaching that supports deep mathematical thinking.
      • About Dr. Safi: An Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, he focuses on enhancing mathematical thinking and teaching practices.

Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall (ELA): Watch Now

    • Topic: Dr. Marshall explored critical literacy for critical times, offering strategies from her book.
    • About Dr. Marshall: With a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Marshall has over 20 years of experience in education, specializing in English Education and Critical Literacy.

As we wrap up this insightful webinar series, we want to express our gratitude to all the educators who participated and contributed to the discussions. Your dedication to improving teaching practices and promoting equity in education is truly inspiring.

Although this series has concluded, Open Up Resources remains committed to providing valuable resources and professional learning opportunities for educators. Stay tuned for more webinars, resources, and initiatives aimed at supporting educators and students on their educational journeys.

We look forward to continuing this journey with you and making a positive impact on education together. Thank you for being a part of the “I’ve Got 5 On It” webinar series!