Creating Engaging School Visits by Teaching STEAM through Fiction with Jo Watson Hackl

May 16, 2024

Online event

As we know, fiction is a rich resource to gain insight into diverse perspectives, and to promote social and emotional learning. Studying fiction as part of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) program allows students to develop literacy skills while making real-world connections. In this webinar, Jo Watson Hackl, the award-winning author of SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE (Random House Children’s Books), will present practical tips on how to create engaging school visits that use fiction to help students make cross-curricular and text to real-world connections.

Webinar Date and Time

Thursday May 16, 2024 at 7:30-9 PM Eastern  

The webinar is 90 minutes long.

Registration will close at NOON, Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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Premium member price: $15

Regular price: $30

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Optional Critiques

Jo Watson Hackl is offering post-event written manuscript critiques (up to 10 pages).

Critiques are available to Premium Members only.

Details on submitting your manuscript will be emailed the day after the webinar. Submissions are due one week after the webinar. 

Critique fees paid are non-refundable.

All critiques: $70

About the Presenter


Jo Watson Hackl

is the best-selling author of SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE (Random House Children’s Books), which won the Southern Book Prize, and is an Amazon Teacher’s Pick. Jo also is the Founder of www.Outdoorosity.org, a free resource for inspiration and information about nature. A first-generation college graduate (Millsaps College and Yale Law School), Jo has presented to over 34,000 students & educators. Jo is a Liberty Fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and past ARA for the SCBWI Carolinas chapter. Follow Jo on Facebook at Jo Watson Hackl and on Twitter and Instagram @JoHakl.

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