Common Core Conference Days

Units of Study: Implementing Rigorous, Coherent Writing Curriculum

In this day-long seminar, Lucy Calkins, author of the new series, Units of Study in Opinion, Informational, and Narrative Writing, and co-author of the best-selling book, Pathways to the Common Core, and Amanda Hartman, co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop and Lessons from the Masters in the series, will help you understand the implications of the Common Core State Standards for writing. They’ll guide you as you align your writing instruction to the CCSS. Lucy will lead the grades 3-6 days, and Amanda will lead the grades K-2 days.

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The Common Core State Standards refocus the nation on students’ proficiency as writers. NCLB, the last large-scale reform movement in literacy, called for an emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Writing was nowhere in the picture. In the Common Core State Standards, in contrast, writing is treated as an equal partner to reading, and more than this, writing is assumed to be the vehicle through which a great deal of the critical thinking, reading work, and reading assessment will occur.

In this workshop, teachers and administrators will learn overarching plans and precise details that can help students reach and exceed the high expectations of the Common Core. As part of this, you’ll learn about the new Units of Study grade-by-grade curricula that Lucy and her colleagues have just completed. You'll hear about the importance of teaching a spiral curriculum in information, narrative and opinion writing, one in which youngsters are taught to write reviews, essays, information books, research reports, stories: the works.

You’ll also learn how assessment can accelerate students' progress. Lucy and Amanda will suggest that when you have a clear sense of the trajectory along which writers develop, that knowledge can make teaching more purposeful and powerful. An understanding of learning progressions can help you provide more powerful feedback. All of this can be interwoven into cycles of ever more challenging whole-class work in ways that engine students’ progress.

Perhaps more than anything, however, you'll be reminded that old fashioned values—respect, honesty and responsive teaching—are at the heart of powerful writing instruction.

The cost of this workshop is $165.00 per person.

Seminar Locations:

Valley Forge: January 31,2014
Valley Forge 3-6
Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
260 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Valley Forge K-2
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Las Vegas: March 7,2014
Las Vegas 3-6
Bally's, Skyview Room 5&6
3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Las Vegas K-2
Bally's, Skyview Room 2&3
3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109