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In-Person Courses & Presentations

West Springfield, MA March 9, 2018
Bank Street College – ONLINE SRSD Course: April 11 – May 9
New York, NY, April 19-20, 2018 – Learning & Brain Annual Conference
Dedham, MA, April 30, 2018
Andover, MA, May 11, 2018
Lee, MA, May 22 & 23, 2018
Northampton, MA, May 25, 2018
Statewide: La Crosse & Milwakee, WI, June, 2018
Boxford, MA, July 9-10, 2018
Beverly, MA, July 12-13, 2018
Dallas, TX, July 20-21, 2018 – ILA Annual Conference
Elmbrook, Wisc, Aug 20-21, 2018
Worcester, MA, Aug 23-24
Andover, MA, Aug 29-30, 2018
Berkshires, MA, Sept 2018
Somerset, NJ, Sept 20 & 21, 2018
Pawtucket, RI, Sept 18 & 19, 2018
New London, CT, Oct 25 & 26, 2018
Hopkinton, MA, Nov 6, 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:

Prepare Students to Write Text-Based Essays, with Confidence, Purpose, and Enjoyment

The world moves forward – and so does writer’s workshop! Learn how to combine writer’s workshop with latest cutting-edge evidence-based practices for writing text-based essays. Build growth mindset and self-regulation so students can strategically and independently use writing to communicate their ideas more effectively, in ways that can make the world a better place. Use validated practices (particularly Self-Regulated Strategy Development) to support students in a gradual release model in internalizing the writing process, reflecting on writing performance, and setting targeted goals for 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 critical thinkers.  These approaches welcome personalized learning and differentiation. Teachers will learn how 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.

Liven Up Your Sentence Instruction: Embedded & Enjoyable Grammar Instruction that Works!

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, academic discourse support, coordinating multiple strategy use, text structure, modeling, flexible self-created graphic organizers, goal setting, and general emphasis on metacognition.

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

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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