Make the Most of the Final Weeks of School: Active Learning With a Twist for All Subjects/Grades

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Register at https://forms.gle/Q3qCZ1twFTn9VHTS8​
Location: Montec Building, 1121 East Broadway, Missoula, MT in the small conference room across from the break room (look for our signs)
Presenter: Ann Ellsworth
Registration: $99
For educators of grades K-8
6 OPI renewal units
Coffee and snacks provided. Lunch on your own.
Course # 18551012

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
This session focuses on meaningful instruction and keeping students engaged when they are already in summer vacation mode. Kid-tested and teacher-approved activities involve innovative approaches that maximize kinesthetic learning and movement. Learn how to get all students involved with learning games and so much more. Activities can be modified to be used with students across grade levels and with all content. Not only are the activities fun, but your teaching will never be the same again!
Bring your laptops or wireless device.

Register at https://forms.gle/Q3qCZ1twFTn9VHTS8​

Ramping-up K-6 Reading and Writing for End-of-year Results

Monday, April 29, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
New location: Location: Montec Building, 1121 East Broadway, Missoula, MT in the small conference room across from the break room (look for our signs)
Register at: https://forms.gle/BM9PKrhVJUJHrC5y7
Presenter: Ann Ellsworth
Registration: $99
For educators of grades K-6
6 OPI renewal units
Coffee and snacks provided. Lunch on your own.
Course # 18551015

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
This presentation focuses on how teachers can minimize summer reading loss by maximizing literacy instruction during those final weeks of school. Using short texts–including fun poetry and newspapers–can motivate even the most reluctant readers and writers. Add to your repertoire of first-rate, evidence-based reading and writing instructional approaches. You’ll leave this workshop excited to implement these strategies with your students.
Bring your laptops or wireless device.
Register at: https://forms.gle/BM9PKrhVJUJHrC5y7

Make Your Classroom an Active Literacy Laboratory/Classroom Workshop

Make Your Classroom an Active Literacy Laboratory/Classroom workshop will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Montec Building in Missoula for educators of grades kindergarten to grade 8. This session focuses on hands-on learning, spirited participation, and paper-folding. Learn how to get all students involved with learning games and so much more. All activities can be modified to be used with students. Not only is it fun, but your teaching will never be the same again! Bring your laptops or wireless devices.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/m14AqxNd5vZFMt3b2. The cost to attend is $99. 6 OPI renewal units will be offered. The course number to register is 18551012. Coffee and snacks will be provided, though lunch is on your own.

Presenter Ann Ellsworth has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Wisconsin and Montana and has led reading and writing professional development workshops across Montana and the Midwest. She was awarded the 2016 Montana Reading Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for two national teaching awards. Presently she works with teacher candidates at Montana State University-Bozeman and as an instructor for WMPLC. She has served as editor of the MONTANA STATE READING JOURNAL and is working with a publisher on a book on how to improve student writing.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/m14AqxNd5vZFMt3b2.

Tricks to Turn Even Struggling Spellers-Writers into Confident Users of Written English Workshop

The Tricks to Turn Even Struggling Spellers-Writers into Confident Users of Written English workshop is for educators in grades kindergarten to grade 6 on Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Montec Building in Missoula. Come learn some sure-fire strategies to help students become independent and accurate spellers. Easy-to-remember spelling rules for primary and upper elementary students will be shared—and these are rules that most teachers haven’t been exposed to. We will also learn fun ways to make the spelling knowledge “stick.” They will transform how you teach spelling! Moreover, teachers will easily be able to incorporate these teaching strategies into their existing lessons. We will explore how methods help hesitant students, who are unwilling to take risks, can become more self-assured. As a result of their new-found confidence, students will become more confident in themselves as writers and be more willing to take risks with “big” words (instead of sticking to safe “little” words.) Please bring your laptop or wireless device.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/7ZC0X4szCqOOQ0mB2. The cost to attend is $99. 6 OPI renewal units will be available. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Lunch is on your own. The course number to register is 18551011.

Presenter Ann Ellsworth has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Wisconsin and Montana and has led reading and writing professional development workshops across Montana and the Midwest. She was awarded the 2016 Montana Reading Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for two national teaching awards. Presently she works with teacher candidates at Montana State University-Bozeman and as an instructor for WMPLC. She has served as editor of the MONTANA STATE READING JOURNAL and is working with a publisher on a book on how to improve student writing.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/7ZC0X4szCqOOQ0mB2

Writing Workshop: Engaging reluctant writers who can’t, won’t or don’t

Presenter: Ann Ellsworth
Location: Montec Building, 1121 East Broadway, Missoula, MT
Dates: Choice of November 9 or November 30, 2018
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration: $99
6 OPI renewal units per day
Lunch on your own
Register at https://goo.gl/forms/QGvLbeY6qozhoazf1 or visit https://www.wmplc.org/writing-workshops-nov-2018.html

Writing Workshop (Nov. 9, 2018 or November 30, 2018):
Engaging reluctant writers who can’t, won’t or don’t
Grade levels: K-8
Course ID: 18551006 and 18551007
Description: This session focuses on how classroom teachers can develop students’ writing skills, with a particular emphasis on how to meet the needs of those who can’t, won’t, or don’t write. Exploring how to change attitudes about writing with five teacher-tested techniques along with engaging activities that empower developing writers serves as the bedrock of this workshop. Participants can expect to leave with numerous ideas that will infuse energy into their existing writing curriculum—ideas that creatively use mentor texts and which can be used across grade levels and with students of varying abilities. An added component is to learn about three strategies that all writers can use as they upgrade their first draft into a better, polished version.

For more information, contact director@wmplc.org
Register at https://www.wmplc.org/writing-workshops-nov-2018.html

Reading and Writing Workshops, Part 2

This writing workshop is part 2 of 2 part workshop hosted by the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative. The theme of this workshop is Engaging reluctant writers who can’t, won’t or don’t with presenter Ann Ellsworth. The grade level focus for this workshop is from kindergarten to 8th grade. This session focuses on how classroom teachers can develop students’ writing skills, with a particular emphasis on how to meet the needs of those who can’t, won’t, or don’t write. Exploring how to change attitudes about writing with five teacher-tested techniques along with engaging activities that empower developing writers serves as the bedrock of this workshop. Participants can expect to leave with numerous ideas that will infuse energy into their existing writing curriculum—ideas that creatively use mentor texts and which can be used across grade levels and with students of varying abilities. An added component is to learn about three strategies that all writers can use as they upgrade their first draft into a better, polished version. Part 1 of this workshop, the reading workshop, will be held on November 2, 2018. 6 OPI renewal units will be offered per day. Register here to attend one or both workshops. For more information, contact Daisy Carlsmith at director@wmplc.org.

Reading and Writing Workshops in Missoula, Part 1

This reading workshop is part 1 of 2 part workshop hosted by the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative. The theme of this workshop is Building Literacy Learning: Exploring Options for Differentiation with presenter Ann Ellsworth. The grade level focus for this workshop is from kindergarten to 4th grade. This active-learning workshop will address how to incorporate phonemic awareness, print understandings, and word-building activities within the reader’s workshop model. We will discuss structuring and organizing the classroom, mini-lesson topics and delivery, book selection practices, and options to track students’ progress. The goal of this workshop, as we explore options and possibilities to accelerate student reading development, is how each teacher can work within the workshop framework to make it “right” for him or her.. Part 2 of this workshop, the writing workshop, will be held on November 9, 2018. 6 OPI renewal units will be offered per day. Register here to attend one or both workshops. For more information, contact Daisy Carlsmith at director@wmplc.org.