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In-Person Courses

Bedford, MA, July 18 & 19, 2017
New York, NY, July 11 & 12, 2017
Traverse Bay, MI, Aug 16 & 17, 2017 (Regional)
Western TN, Aug, 2017
St. Louis, MO, Aug, 2017
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Aug, 2017
Worcester, MA, Aug 24, 2017
Strafford, NH, Aug 29, 2017
New York, NY, Sept 11-19, 2017 (For NYC DOE Teachers – Open City-wide Adoption)
Cumberland, RI Sept 20 & 21, 2017
Acton, MA, Oct 3 & 17, 2017
New York, NY, Oct 13, 2017
Concord, NH, Oct, 2017 (Regional)
New York, NY, Nov 3 & 4, 2017 (Bank Street College)
Traverse Bay, MI, Nov 13, 2017
Northampton, MA Nov 16 & 17, 2017
Learning & the Brain Featured Speaker, NY, Dec 1, 2017
Orlando, FL, Dec 5, 2017
Bahamas, Jan 8-9, 2018
New York, NY, Feb 13, 2018
Traverse Bay, MI, March 8, 2018
Learning & the Brain Featured Speaker, Dedham, MA, April, 2018

In addition to in-person regional courses, we now offer regular personalized introductory webinars, an e-Learning resource and follow up data support web calls to schools nationally & internationally. Contact us to bring these powerful writing approaches to your school, wherever you are.

Course Options:

Equip Students to Write with Confidence, Purpose and Enjoyment

The world moves forward – and so does writer’s workshop! Learn the latest cutting edge evidence-based practices for writing instruction. Create an environment that builds growth mindset, self-regulation, and strategic writing so students grow to independently use writing to communicate their ideas in ways that can make the world a better place.  Using validated practices, particularly the Self-regulated Strategy Development framework, support students in a gradual release model in internalizing the writing process, reflecting on writing performance, and setting targeted goals for continued growth.  Explore how to use student- and professionally-written mentor texts, memory aids, scaffolds and self-created graphic organizers, modeling, collaborative practice, self-monitoring, and peer feedback – all in ways that empower students to become skilled writers, and skilled critical thinkers.  These approaches welcome personalized learning and differentiation. Teachers will learn how to skillfully weave in writing instruction with self-regulation to encourage a community of writers who embrace the challenge of writing, with success and joy. This approach is not a program but a pedagogy that can be woven into core programs or a balanced literacy approach.

Enhancing Sentences: Grammar as Play!

Use research-based methods to teach students the art of writing beautiful sentences and how the grammatical choices they make can impact their readers’ experience. Help students deeply understand what a sentence is (and is not), the major grammatical elements they can choose from when crafting sentences and how to add flair and complexity, while avoiding run ons and fragments. Hear the latest empirical research on how to teach sentence writing in authentic, embedded ways that will feel natural and most uplift overall writing quality. Learn strategies that students can use independently to enhance authentic word choice, as well as sentence expansion, variety and cohesion (within and across sentences). Also learn how to use sentence combining and artful sentence imitation to enhance depth, clarity and impact in writing. Simple manageable ways to assess and then differentiate sentence instruction in ways that support students who struggle and challenge students who excel will be shared.

New Takes on Evidence-Based Practices for Close Reading that Build Reading Comprehension

Learn evidence-based practices that can turbo charge your students’ close reading, and overall reading comprehension. Research is now coming out on how students can internalize explicit, step-by-step strategies they can use in self-directed ways anytime they read, but particularly when preparing to write to sources. Learn the three most powerful practices for deepening meaning-making and critical thinking while engaging in reading comprehension, and how to support both executive functioning and self-regulation in our readers. Research validates each of the components overviewed, including formative assessment, coordinating multiple strategy use, text structure, modeling, flexible self-created graphic organizers, goal setting, and general emphasis on metacognition.


e-Learning



This was the best professional development I have received in an 18 year career in teaching. I’m already seeing huge improvements in my students’ writing.

Kristina Melanson

Weymouth, MA

thinkSRSD Pooja Patel's UK Course Results

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In my 30 year career, this has been the most powerful professional development I have ever received.

Deb Rude

Cumberland, RI