Welcome to Wonderopolis®—Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease!®

The WonderPros have teamed up to bring you some introductory FREE webinars about using Wonderopolis® in the classroom as well as extending learning into homes. These 30- 45-minute webinars will serve as an overview of the content educators can expect in Wonderopolis’ upcoming professional development opportunities and will ensure they receive an invitation and special offer when registration opens.

If you can’t make the live webinar, be sure to register, anyway. We’ll send you a link to the replay to view as your schedule allows.

Join Wonderopolis® Community Manager, John MacLeod, for an introduction to Using Wonder to Increase Family Engagement on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

“I’d like to be more involved with my child’s learning at home but it’s hard to find the time.”  It’s a familiar phrase but it forces us to ask the question: how can we help families be more engaged in their students’ learning?  Join this webinar to get specific strategies on how Wonderopolis® can bring families together to read and wonder. As an educator, you’ll get resources to share with your parents to help your students continue their learning at home.  As a parent/caregiver, you’ll receive several quick examples of how Wonderopolis can be a springboard for great conversations and deeper learning that’s fun and interesting.

On Thursday, April, 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., Wonderopolis® Content Creator Amanda Free and Kristie Ennis, educator and consultant,  bring you #WonderHour: Sparking Wonder in Literacy Learning.

The spark of wonder we all feel as young learners tends to fade rather rapidly in adolescence and even more so when the realities of adulthood take over our lives. In order to grow as lifelong learners, we must rekindle that passion for questioning the world around us. In this session, we will explore #WonderHour, a way to re-capture the inquiry mindset in a literacy learning environment that encourages student choice, voice, and ownership of academic success.

This webinar will examine ways to incorporate #WonderHour in your classroom and reflect on the importance of wonder in academic success. Join us as we discuss how #WonderHour can help your students develop the 21st century’s most desired skills.

Join Wonderopolis® Developmental Editor and jack-of-all trades, Wendee Mullikin and Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University professor of English and education, on May 9th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. They’ll be introducing Multimodal Writing: Beyond Boring Non-Fiction.

Teachers continue to serve diverse populations of readers and writers, especially in grades 3-8. Non-fiction, in particular, requires unique skills of our students as they consume online articles and produce their own publications. In an era of distraction, how might we engage our students with high-interest, inquiry-based texts?

In this 30- 45-minute webinar, join the team from Wonderopolis® as we explore these questions and ideas. As an introduction to our four-part course on informational reading and writing in digital spaces, you will:

  • Examine a few of our 2300 free, openly-available Wonders of the Day® as high-quality and high-interest non-fiction text,
  • Explore advanced features of the Wonders, looking at connections for vocabulary and comprehension instruction as well as to support visual literacy, and
  • Discuss opportunities for using the Wonders as mentor texts, inspiring students as writers who are creating their own non-fiction articles and multimodal projects.

Keep WONDERing with us! And don’t forget to sign up for:

Using Wonder to Increase Family Engagement on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

#WonderHour: Sparking Wonder in Literacy Learning on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Multimodal Writing: Beyond Boring Non-Fiction on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Did you miss the first webinar in the series? Catch the replay: Wonderopolis 101: A Crash Course in Curiosity hosted by John MacLeod, Wonderopolis Community Manager.