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School Success Packages

    • One On-site Professional Development Day
    • Two Virtual Professional Development Days (to follow the on-site Professional Development)
    • Three Check-ins (phone call to administrator and email to teachers)
    • Two Professional Development On-Demand Videos
      • OD102: Preparing for Writers Workshop
      • OD105: Formative Assessment

     

    • Manager Training (virtual)
    • Three Launch Meetings for Staff (45 minutes each, virtual)
      The Launches will cover basic usage of CaptivationStation (how to: register students, provide feedback, and have students receive instruction and write digitally) as well as the next stages of usage (how to: have peers interact, set up groups, present ideas for free choice writing, and use the data provided).
    • Manager Follow-up (following 3rd Launch Meeting)

     

Small Group Coaching

  • (participant limit - grade level groups of 8 or fewer)
    These are some of the topics that can be covered during coaching sessions.

    • Responding to questions about current units
    • Previewing upcoming units
    • Helping the group address challenges with: scheduling, conferencing, implementation, etc.
    • Observation of one teacher at each grade level & discussion with grade level groups
    • Joint scoring of student writing
    • Setting goals

     

Large Group, Topic-Specific PD

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    Teachers will be provided with an overview of how to effectively utilize the components of the WriteSteps program. Teachers are led through a series of activities designed to:

    • allow teachers to set up their classrooms for writing success
    • strengthen their ability to deliver lessons and model writing
    • enable teachers to maximize their conferencing time and differentiate instruction
    • score writing effectively and provide feedback using the WriteSteps 6-Traits rubrics
    • help teachers reflect on their current practices

     

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    Teachers will be provided with an overview of how to effectively utilize the components of the WriteSteps program. Teachers are led through a series of activities designed to:

    • allow teachers to set up their classrooms for writing success
    • strengthen their ability to deliver lessons and model writing
    • enable teachers to maximize their conferencing time and differentiate instruction
    • score writing effectively and provide feedback using the WriteSteps 6-Traits rubrics
    • give teachers time to plan response writing activities across the curriculum
    • encourage technology integration
    • help teachers reflect on their current practices

     

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    This large group PD session reviews the qualities of highly effective literacy teachers; discusses strategies for reluctant writers; highlights procedures, routines, classroom organization, and materials as related to the WriteSteps program; and offers tips for scheduling and classroom management.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    The components and lesson steps involved in the WriteSteps program will be explained in-depth and demonstrated. Participants will view K-2 video clips from WriteSteps classrooms across the country, and take part in inter-active experiences that will enhance and personalize the learning.

    Specific topics that will be included in the discussion are:
    sound card usage, planning process, daily modeling with think-alouds, focus skill charts, grammar practice, assessment, and student checklists.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    The components and lesson steps involved in the WriteSteps program will be explained in-depth and demonstrated. Participants will view 3-5 video clips from WriteSteps classrooms across the country, and take part in inter-active experiences which will enhance and personalize the learning.

    Specific topics that will be included in the discussion are:
    planning process, graphic organizers, modeling with think-alouds, focus skill charts, grammar practice, assessment, and student checklists/rubrics.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    The purpose, and goals of writing conferences will be discussed with K-2 teachers. Effective and practical strategies will be explained and demonstrated using videos clips of conferencing in real classrooms. Participants will take part in activities which will enhance and personalize the experience.

    Specific topics and strategies will include: sound card and checklist use, conferencing styles (one-on-one, small group, while roving), record keeping - for teachers and students, instructing not evaluating or correcting, and checking on/setting goals.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    The purpose, and goals of writing conferences will be discussed with 3-5 teachers. Effective and practical strategies will be explained and demonstrated using videos clips of conferencing in real classrooms. Participants will take part in activities which will enhance and personalize the experience.

    Specific topics and strategies will include: rubric and checklist use, conferencing styles (student led, one-on-one, small group, while roving), record keeping - for teachers and students, instructing not evaluating or correcting, and checking on/setting goals.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    This "what, why, and how" of formative assessment will provide insight into distinguishing formative assessment from summative assessment and determining when one or the other is most appropriate. 11 formative assessment activities that can be used across the curriculum will be explained and demonstrated using video clips from real classrooms. Teachers will have an opportunity to discuss how to apply this learning in their own classrooms. They will come away with many practical ideas about how to continually assess for the purpose of adjusting instruction for the group and individuals.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    Participants will score some writing samples together as a large group. Teachers will, then, discuss and practice scoring their own student samples with a rubric. This exercise helps ensure that the teachers in a school or district are scoring fairly with similar expectations. Your school's specific report card or means of recording progress can be considered.

  • (participant limit - 30 or fewer)
    Participants will score some writing samples together as a large group. Teachers will, then, discuss and practice scoring their own student samples with a rubric. This exercise helps ensure that the teachers in a school or district are scoring fairly with similar expectations. Your school's specific report card or means of recording progress can be considered.

PD On-Demand

PD On-Demand videos include:

  • This PD video reviews the qualities of highly effective literacy teachers; discusses strategies for reluctant writers; highlights procedures, routines, classroom organization, and materials as related to the WriteSteps program; and offers tips for scheduling and classroom management.

  • The components and lesson steps involved in the WriteSteps program will be explained in-depth and demonstrated. Participants will view K-2 video clips from WriteSteps classrooms across the country.

    Specific topics that will be included in the discussion are:
    sound card usage, planning process, daily modeling with think-alouds, focus skill charts, grammar practice, assessment, and student checklists.

    The components and lesson steps involved in the WriteSteps program will be explained in-depth and demonstrated. Participants will view 3-5 video clips from WriteSteps classrooms across the country.

    Specific topics that will be included in the discussion are:
    planning process, graphic organizers, modeling with think-alouds, focus skill charts, grammar practice, assessment, and student checklists/rubrics.

  • The purpose, and goals of writing conferences will be discussed with K-2 teachers. Effective and practical strategies will be explained and demonstrated using video clips of conferencing in real classrooms.

    Specific topics and strategies will include: sound card and checklist use, conferencing styles (one-on-one, small group, while roving), record keeping - for teachers and students, instructing not evaluating or correcting, and checking on/setting goals.

    The purpose, and goals of writing conferences will be discussed with 3-5 teachers. Effective and practical strategies will be explained and demonstrated using videos clips of conferencing in real classrooms.

    Specific topics and strategies will include: sound card and checklist use, conferencing styles (one-on-one, small group, while roving), record keeping - for teachers and students, instructing not evaluating or correcting, and checking on/setting goals.

  • This "what, why, and how" of formative assessment will provide insight into distinguishing formative assessment from summative assessment and determining when one or the other is most appropriate. 11 formative assessment activities that can be used across the curriculum will be explained and demonstrated using video clips from real classrooms. Teachers will come away with many practical ideas about how to continually assess for the purpose of adjusting instruction for the group and individuals.

  • In addition to the PDs we have listed and described above, we are always willing to "custom build" a PD that fits your needs exactly. We can design opportunities for in-depth, on-site professional learning experiences that would:

    • address specific needs
    • provide an opportunity to interact at length and over time
    • allow consultants observe, provides feedback, and create a plan for continuing professional learning
     

    One of the PDs that we quite often build to fit your individualized needs is:
    Train the Trainers sessions for K-5 mentors and coaches. This training is designed to support coaches and/or mentor teachers in schools or districts that have a person or group responsible for training the teachers to use the district's curriculum. It presents the specifics of WriteSteps for which teachers most often want help, highlighting: materials management, lesson steps of writer's workshop, effective and practical strategies, goals and steps of writing conferences, assessment and use of rubrics, etc.

    If interested in customized PD, please contact Arlynn for pricing information. ().