Webinars & Tutorials

RIF hosts webinars throughout the year across various topics to support our partners with relevant resources and educational materials ranging from how to apply for a matching grant, implementing a successful Books for Ownership program, to how to do a read aloud. All RIF webinars are archived for your continued use.

Every Book is a Social Justice Book
February 2nd, 2023

During this interactive webinar, educators will learn how to use books from their classroom library to engage students in Social Justice Learning. Storybooks are an excellent resource that help students to identify issues relating to access, equity, and inclusion. Daris McInnis, Assistant Professor of Literacy, will model how to guide students to become changemakers by identifying social justice issues and inspiring them to take action. Don't miss this unique chance to learn how to use books in innovative and creative ways with your students.

Every Book is a Math Book
November 16th, 2022

During this interactive webinar, educators will learn how to use books from their classroom library to engage students in math problem-solving. Picture books are an excellent resource that help students identify mathematical problems in everyday life, including number sense, geometry, measurement, and algebraic thinking.

We’ll be joined by special guest and educational consultant Kelly Harmon, MAEd, who will model how to guide students through using literature to promote math learning and provide examples to illustrate the concept of math through literature.

Every Book is an SEL Book
September 21, 2022

PreK- Grade 3 educators are invited to get new tips and ideas for using classroom read alouds to engage students in social emotional learning (SEL) through an interactive webinar, Every Book is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Book hosted by Reading Is Fundamental. This webinar archive will also feature special guest hosts, Stefanie Wieder, M.S.Ed., and Paula Jackson, Ph.D., from Barefoot Books who will model how to guide students through this exercise.

Race, Equity, and Inclusion Center Tutorial
June 13, 2022

Watch this short tutorial to learn more about RIF’s Race, Equity, and Inclusion Center. This center provides booklists, resources, and tips to assess your current collection of books, identify diverse books to add to your evolving bookshelves, and incorporate practical suggestions for supporting students and with positive reading experiences.

Every Book is an Engineering Book! Literature-based Engineering Design

This webinar, proudly supported by Trane Technologies, is part of RIF’s “Every Book Counts” webinar series, dedicated to reading and the power of books! Educators will learn how to use books from their classroom library to engage students in the engineering design process. Storybooks are an excellent resource that help students to identify problems a character faces, design solutions, and engage in the engineering design process. And, Erin Bailey, RIF’s Director of Programs & Content and a certified reading specialist, will model how to guide students through this exercise.

Literacy Begins Early!
April 3, 2022

Did you know that learning to read begins at birth? During this webinar RIF’s Director of Programs & Content, Erin Bailey, a certified reading specialist, demonstrates at-home literacy tips for parents of children from birth through age four. Content from the webinar and related materials include simple activities you can use to support phonological awareness, concepts about print, and reading engagement in the early years.

Diverse Books In Practice (Part 2)
October 14, 2021

Join this thought-provoking discussion with experts discussing the wide variety and beauty of diverse books and the deep value of including them both in the classroom and at home as well as how to incorporate them into everyday use.

Diversify Your Book Shelf (Part 1)
October 7, 2021

Join this panel of experts as they discuss the fundamental questions about diverse books. You will leave this session knowing how to evaluate and select diverse books for classroom and home libraries.

Family Literacy Webinar
March 18, 2021

During National Reading Month and there is no better time to celebrate reading with our RIF community, share some at-home reading ideas and tips and end with a bedtime read-aloud, all from the comfort of your home!

Literacy Expert Shares At-Home Reading Tips
May 12, 2020

Reading Is Fundamental’s guest literacy expert, Erin Bailey, shares strategies and activities that families can use at home to support their child’s literacy development particularly during school closures resulting from COVID-19.

At-Home Reading Tips Webinar – Suggested Activities
April 28, 2020

Guest literacy expert, Erin Bailey, shares four videos in her webinar for activities you can do at home with your child: Syllable Shake, Mystery Word, Wake up Letters/Sound and Multi-Sensory Activity for Sign Words.

How to Raise a Reader
September 18, 2019

Learn tips on how to raise children who love reading with Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.

2019 Books For Ownership Matching Grant Webinar
March 13, 2019

Interested in applying for RIF's 2019 Books for Ownership Matching Grant? Join us for this informational webinar to learn about the matching grant opportunity and specific parameters.

Social Media 101 Webinar
November 7, 2018

Join Reading Is Fundamental for an informative and engaging webinar that will share with you best practices for social media use. We’ll also cover specific social media tactics to use in order to amplify your message, shine a spotlight on your impact and call on your supporters to make a gift as we enter the holiday season. Learn some simple rules and helpful tips to showcase your literacy work.

5 Plus 1 Pillars of Reading Development
August 1, 2018

Join RIF for a webinar to deepen understanding of reading development. If you are a new teacher, family member of a school-aged child, or RIF volunteer, then this is a great webinar to build a foundational understanding of reading development. Participants will learn about the five pillars of reading development identified by the National Reading Panel (2000) which are phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.