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Collaborative Conversations on Building a Culture of Writing

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Collaborative Conversations on Building a Culture of Writing is an interactive professional learning series designed to build teachers’ capacity for writing instruction while cultivating a culture of writing.  Teachers in grades K – 5 and 6 – 12 will work through seven uniquely designed sessions, where researchers and educators will share research-based writing and literacy practices along with practical classroom application.

Series Highlights:

Expert panelists (College/University Professors, Coaches, ELA Coordinators, Classroom teachers, and members of GaDOE staff) will present evidence-based and practical application of writing and literacy strategies
Live, interactive 90-minute webcast will broadcast from GaDOE’s Center for Classroom Innovation to participating sites, followed by a 90-minute implementation session with on-site facilitator
Recorded sessions will be hosted on the GaDOE website in addition to participant and facilitator materials for districts, schools, and teachers to design and personalize learning

Series Learning Model:

Tiered Professional Learning

• Tier I (Self-paced option)
• Tier II (Professional Learning Community with facilitator option)
• Tier III (Live, on-site option)

Read more about the Tiered Learning Model

Registration Information:

To begin the registration process, complete the linked form. Once you submit the form, you will be added to our mailing list and will receive periodic reminders about the series.

Professional Learning Guide:

The guide is designed to support facilitators with preparing Tier II and Tier III participants to view the webinars and with facilitating the 90-minute sessions that follow. The guide is also designed to support Tier I participants who are self-directed and will be participating in the series at their own pace. Providing the guide for facilitators and participants ensures consistent implementation of professional learning across schools, districts, and RESAs.

Download Building a Culture of Writing Professional Learning Guide

Webinars for Grades K-5

Essential Components of Teaching Writing - September 20, 2016
Participants will become familiar with instructional frameworks for teaching writing.  They will also deepen their understanding of ways to integrate writing opportunities in response to students’ engagement with text.
Presenters: Dr. Roberta Gardner, Georgia State University; Kate Woodbridge, City Schools of Decatur

View Essential Components of Teaching Writing Webinar Recording - Session 1

Assessing Writing - October 18, 2016
Participants will delve into the wealth of knowledge they can gain through assessing student writing and examine how this information can be effectively used to guide further instruction.
Presenters: Dr. Roberta Gardner, Georgia State University; Julie Owens, Georgia State University

• View Assessing Writing Webinar Recording - Session 2

Writing Genres - November 15, 2016
Participants will explore structures, techniques, and conventions associated with narrative, informational, and opinion/argumentative writing.
Presenters: Dr. Roberta Gardner, Georgia State University; Rachel Gilmore, Atlanta Public Schools

View Writing Genres Webinar Recording - Session 3

Writing Across the Curriculum - January 24, 2017
Participants will deepen their understanding of how to support students with synthesizing information and explaining their understanding of key concepts and ideas.
Presenters: Dr. Roberta Gardner, Georgia State University; Dr. Beth Friese, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Disciplinary Literacy - February 21, 2017
Participants will examine appropriate strategies to help students comprehend informational/nonfiction text.  Grade-appropriate strategies for careful and intentional analysis of informational/nonfiction text will also be explored.
Presenters: Tameka Thomas, Griffin-Spalding County Schools; Melanie Lockett, Griffin-Spalding County Schools

Digital/Media Literacy - March 14, 2017
Participants will develop new ways to engage students in the practice of assessing, developing, and sharing information using digital texts.
Presenters: Dr. Meghan Welch, Georgia State University; Alison Eber, Decatur City Schools

Visual Literacy - (Pre-recorded session) Posted April 2017
Participants will explore inquiry-based teaching strategies to support students with observing artwork, creating meaning, articulating a response, and finding evidence to support their opinions and reasoning.
Presenters: Kelley York, Metro RESA

Webinars for Grades 6-12

Assessing Writing - September 22, 2016
Participants will delve into the wealth of knowledge they can gain through assessing student writing and examine how this information can be effectively used to guide further instruction.
Presenters: Dr. Kevin Raczynski, University of Georgia; Ashley Morris, Cobb County Schools

View Assessing Writing Webinar Recording - Session 1

Essential Components of Teaching Writing - October 20, 2016
Participants will become familiar with instructional frameworks for teaching writing.  They will also deepen their understanding of ways to integrate writing opportunities in response to students’ engagement with text.
Presenters: Dr. Kevin Raczynski, University of Georgia; Ashley Morris, Cobb County Schools

• View Essential Components of Teaching Writing Webinar Recording - Session 2

Writing Genres - November 17, 2016
Participants will explore structures, techniques, and conventions associated with narrative, informational, and opinion/argumentative writing.
Presenters: Dr. Donna Alvermann, University of Georgia; Crystal Beach, Buford City Schools

View Writing Genres Webinar Recording - Session 3

Writing Across the Curriculum - January 26, 2017
Participants will deepen their understanding of how to support students with synthesizing information and explaining their understanding of key concepts and ideas.
Presenters: Dr. Megan Adams, Kennesaw State University; Corrie Tuttle, Cobb County Schools

Disciplinary Literacy - February 23, 2017
Participants will examine appropriate strategies to help students comprehend informational/nonfiction text.  Grade-appropriate strategies for careful and intentional analysis of informational/nonfiction text will also be explored.
Presenters: Dr. Megan Adams, Kennesaw State University; Corrie Tuttle, Cobb County Schools

Digital Literacy - March 16, 2017
Participants will develop new ways to engage students in the practice of assessing, developing, and sharing information using digital texts.
Presenters: Dr. Darren Crovitz, Kennesaw State University; Heather Barton, Cherokee County Schools

Visual Literacy -  (Pre-recorded session) Posted April 2017
Participants will explore inquiry-based teaching strategies to support students with observing artwork, creating meaning, articulating a response, and finding evidence to support their opinions and reasoning.
Presenters: Kelley York, Metro RESA

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