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6-12 Essential Components of Teaching Writing

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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. 

Session 2 Professional Learning Guide
Session 2  PowerPoint

Additional Resources

ELA-6-12-Essential Components for Teaching Writing Supporting Document

Instructional Principles for Diverse Learners

Universal Design for Learning ELA Webinar Recording
Assistive Technology for Teaching Writing Webinar Recording

Presenters

Dr. Kevin Racyznski

Kevin has been with the Georgia Center for Assessment for over twelve years. He has extensive experience in both the classroom and with scoring summative writing assessments, in multiple subject areas. These teaching and scoring experiences have provided valuable insights into the alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instructional rigor.
 
Kevin received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia. His research has focused on literacy assessments, specifically on methods to ensure accurate scoring of open-ended assessment items and the degree to which knowledge of accurate scoring influences educators’ pedagogy.  
 
His formal teaching experience includes English 1101 and 1102 at the University of Georgia (2003-2005), in addition to work with students in grades K-12 across the state of Georgia (2005-present). This work centers on text-dependent writing.
 
His work with educators involves much of the same and includes research-based approaches to classroom literacy instruction. 

Ms. Ashley Michelle Morris
 
Ashley Michelle Morris is the Secondary English Language Arts Professional Learning Specialist for Cobb County School District. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Elementary Education & Reading from Alcorn State University. She received her Education Specialist in Teaching and Learning from Georgia Southern University. Ashley taught 8th grade reading in Mississippi and 5th grade writing in Maryland. Before becoming a Professional Learning Specialist, Ashley was an academic coach at Lindley Middle School in Cobb County. Because Ashley has a passion for supporting and developing teachers, she is committed to assisting teachers so that student reading and writing experiences are meaningful and inspiring.

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