Expectations about student writing in K-12 have changed dramatically in recent years. State standards now require teachers at nearly all grade levels to ensure that students learn to write not just traditional narratives, but also informational and argumentative pieces. The standards, however, don’t explain how to reach those goals. Teachers and students need a roadmap, and that’s just what The Writing Revolution (TWR)—also known as The Hochman Method—provides. While we need more research on how to teach writing effectively, the existing research supports TWR’s approach: deliberate practice of specific techniques, followed by targeted feedback. TWR offers a clear, coherent method of instruction for any subject or grade level that turns struggling writers into strong communicators, deepens their understanding of content, and develops their analytical abilities. The Writing Revolution’s method enables educators to teach writing skills and content simultaneously. There’s no separate writing class and no separate writing curriculum. Instead, teachers of all subjects adapt the strategies and activities to preexisting curriculum and weave them into their content instruction. Participants must purchase the book on their own, read it at their leisure, and submit a brief reflection via Padlet after each chapter. Join Charlene Heggemeier, Millstadt #160 Curriculum and Instruction Coach who will facilitate two virtual meetings on January 8 and February 5 (4:00-5:00pm) to discuss what you have learned. Who should attend? Instructional coaches, general and special education educators of all subjects, and administrators. Participants must attend both virtual sessions and submit all requirements to earn full PD credit (14 hours), partial pd will not be issued.
Registration closes 4-5 days prior to the event unless tickets are sold out.
Whether you're new to special education or you’ve been doing it for years the goal writing process can be a tedious one. Join Mascoutah # 19 Instructional Coach Shannon Knolhoff as we walk through a step by step process of writing strong present levels that will then lend itself to selecting a goal, determining success criteria, and finally developing the stepping stones (aka objectives) to achievement. Participants will work through a current goal of their own to determine if it is SMART and make changes when necessary.Registration closes 4-5 days prior to the event unless tickets are sold out.
Join Lori Griffith, Instructional Coach Bethalto # 8 as she shares how K-5 standardized report cards can effectively serve students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP). The objectives of this session encompass:
- A comprehensive look at how standardized report cards function for students with IEPs.
- The alignment of IEP goals with grade-level standards and report cards.
- Exploring grade-level pacing guides to ensure students with IEPs are on track.
- Strategies for selecting standards that can be differentiated to match individual IEP goals.
- Providing sample assessments that align with these standards.
Join OTHS # 203 Principal Rich Bickel, O’Fallon Township High School Principal/former ISBE Teacher of the Year Finalist as he shares strategies and information to assist you in the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.
This session will focus on effective professional practices within the four domains of the Danielson-based model, from a practical, down to earth, every-day perspective. From planning and preparation, to establishing a positive and effective classroom environment, to effective instructional practices, to fulfilling professional responsibilities, the approaches, imperatives, and strategies discussed will be able to be put to use immediately to enhance teaching performance no matter how many years you have been in the classroom.Registration closes 4 days prior to the event unless tickets are sold out.