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.

Love and Logic Workshop in Missoula

Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom Workshop is hosted by the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative and presented by Pete Bruno, LCPC & President, of the Family Life Institute in Boise, ID. Useful for teachers, paraprofessionals, volunteer-leader, and administrators, this workshop is designed for teachers by school teachers and a school psychologist. The authors of Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom based this workshop on 37 years of classroom and administrator experience in public schools. By the end of the two-day class, participants will be encouraged to experiment with the “9 Essential Skills” (choosing from 34 variations), will know the “9 Skills” and take home at least one appropriate experiment-plan to use for each of them: (1) Neutralizing student arguing, (2) Delaying consequences, (3) Empathy, (4) Recovery, (5) Developing positive relationships, (6) Limit setting via enforceable statements, (7) Choices that prevent power struggles, (8) Preventative interventions, and (9) Guiding students to solve their own problems. Teachers taking this class for college credit and hours will have time to write a multi-part essay covering each module, and write a concrete example of how they might use the described skill in their school situation (administrator, teacher, paraprofessional, or volunteer-leader). The cost is $175 per person for the two-day workshop and includes workshop materials. 14 OPI renewal units will be provided to attendees. Register here to attend the workshop. To obtain more information, contact Daisy Carlsmith at director@wmplc.org.