The Literacy Institute Speaker Series: Devorah Heitner, "Screenwise Parenting for the Long Haul (or the Long Pandemic)"

Location: Live on Zoom
This fall, back-to-school is anything but normal. Join Dr. Devorah Heitner, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, as she shares practical advice and tips to help your student succeed in this “new normal.”

The author of 2016’s Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, Dr. Heitner advocates for “mentoring over monitoring” when it comes to kids’ tech use and offers parents and guardians advice on how to encourage a healthy relationship with media and technology, setting kids up for success—not stress—in the digital age.

Join us to learn:
  • How parents and guardians can support their children’s uses of technology to connect, create, and learn.
  • How grown-ups can help kids extend their virtual lives back into face-to-face socializing.
  • How to decide what digital platforms and apps are or are not appropriate for students in elementary, middle, and high school.
  • How to teach students self-regulation when it comes to screen time.
  • How to empower kids to use technology and digital media for social good.
Dr. Devorah Heitner is an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology. She is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and the Connecting Wisely Curriculum for grades 4-8 as well as founder of Raising Digital Natives. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy and social/emotional literacy. Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, and Education Week. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught there and at DePaul University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.