Maximizing Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing in a Connected Way

This 8 week, self-paced, online Moodle course is intended for classroom teachers and/or graduate students who are interested in studying writing in school contexts. In particular, the focus is on analytic writing, which has traditionally been overlooked in favor of narrative writing forms. Major course objectives are to help class participants become more confident with teaching analytical writing and writing analytically themselves in the content disciplines they teach.
Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/g2XZQYN0tYPPF16t2
Event Number: 18551008
EDU 455/C&I 555
Instructors: Daisy Carlsmith/Ann Ellsworth
Dates: This 8 week, self-paced, online Moodle course begins January 7, 2019, and must be completed by May 1, 2019

Registration fee: $199
Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits pending (semester credits are offered through the University of Montana and are an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form).
This course requires the participant to access a couple of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from booksellers such as Amazon. The instructor may be available to assist with locating copies if needed.

Course description:
This two-credit graduate-level course explores how mentor texts can be used to jump-start analytical writing: writing to inform and explain, writing arguments, and writing to evaluate (Common Core Anchor Standards 1 through 3.) We will study forms of written discourse and identify genre characteristics of expository writing. Students will analyze writing assignments for developing student-writers and then adapt these to more complex, layered writing exercises. Students will learn about analytical writing from a teacher’s perspective as well as from direct experiences with composing pieces that inform and explain, that take a position and propose a solution, and that evaluate and form judgments based on evidence.

Learning outcomes:
Participants will be able to
1. Describe the elements of effective written communication.
2. Contrast analytic writing forms from narrative structures.
3. Analyze written pieces (students’ own compositions and those from mentor texts) for words/phrases that reflect genre requirements.
4. Identify mentor texts that match to aspects of effective writing (namely: word choice, organization, and sentence structure)
5. Define RAFT and within that writing framework, identify various formats, purposes, and intended audiences
6. Examine grade-level writing standards and design appropriate age-level analytical writing assignments.
7. Compare journal articles that discuss best instructional practices for advancing student writers.

Required texts are Write Like This by Kelly Gallagher (Stenhouse Publishers, 2013), and Beyond the 5-Paragraph Essay: How to Write Analytical Essays by Kimberly Campbell and Kristi Latimer (Stenhouse Publishers, 2012).

Other online sources, including journal articles from writing scholars.

The recommended text is The Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Struggling Writers by Curt Dudley-Marling and Patricia Paugh (Heinemann, 2009).

About the course facilitator:
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/g2XZQYN0tYPPF16t2

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.

2018 Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) Summer Institute

Join us in celebrating more than 20 years of excellence! This year’s institute promises to be one of the best!

REGISTER NOW!

Featured Presentations:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Check and Connect
  • Creating a School Wide Discipline Plan in the Elementary
  • Creating School Wide Discipline Plans for Secondary Schools
  • Setting Up Positive Behavioral Supports in Early Childhood
  • Behavioral Threat Assessments in Schools
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Alternatives to Suspension
  • Helping Kids with Their Digital Reputation and Cyberbullying
  • School Wellness—Moving Kids to Better Behavior
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Content area sessions in Reading, Math, and Science!

Our traditional 5 day schedule has been condensed into 4 power packed days.

Join us for special events!

  • June 18th, 8:30 – 11:30AM., Join us for the opening keynote Supporting Mental Health in PBIS with Don Kincaid.
  • June 18th, 4:30 – 5:30PM, It’s Movie Night with a special showing of Chasing the Dragon a wrenching portrait of the escalating opioid epidemic.
  • June 19th, 4:30-6PM, Best Practices Expo featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking, and showcasing Montana MBI schools with music by Monte Selby
  • June 21st, 1:15 – 4:15PM, The MBI exemplar awards for schools who have obtained excellence in their school implementing the MBI process.
  • Opportunities for hikes and walks around Bozeman

Who Should Attend

General and special education teachers, parents, administrators, school psychologists and counselors, social workers, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, probation officers, police officers, university students and others concerned with children and behavior issues in classrooms, schools, and the community.

WMCSPD Summer Institute

3 Days of FREE High Quality Professional Development in Polson
Sessions include…
Classroom Management ER – Dr Linda Karges- Bone,
MTSS – Wayne Callender
Reading & Writing – Carrie Cole
DATA Collection & Management & Distribution – Rob Reynolds
Para Supervision Training – Barb Stimson.
Sp Ed Law – Linda Maas & Melissa Morris
Para Training – Barb Stimson
Proloquo Training – Leah Gardner
MATH intervention strategies- Rhonda Birnie

Writing in Science Summer Intenstive

The Summer Writing Intensive is full, but please register in order to add your name to the wait list.

This 3-day Summer Writing Intensive is to provide Montana educators with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science. This workshop will offer resources for implementing the new Montana Content Standards for Science and English Language Arts. Educators will leave with a new perspective on integrating IEFA throughout the curricular areas, while using writing to connect ourselves, our students, and our communities to the content. Applicable to all grade levels.
• Earn 20 Renewal units
• Offered at no-cost, some meals included
• Participants pay lodging costs ($95 + tax)
• Limited to 30 participants, so register early!
• Resources, strategies, and more

Montana Writing PLC

Join teachers from across the state as they have an online conversation about writing. Share strategies, ask questions, meet teachers and enjoy inspiring professional time with your colleagues! Every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Fire on the Page: Writing to the Bone!

The Yellowstone Writing Project invites principals, curriculum leaders, and teachers of all disciplines and grade levels, to this amazing conference at the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) in Bozeman, MT. Throughout the day, we will focus on writing in museums and similar spaces, letting the rich history and science inspire us. We will also be using archives (on-site MOR resources and digital sources from both the MOR and renowned Montana writer, Ivan Doig) to bring multiple disciplines to life through writing.

Our YWP Teacher Consultants will pair with staff members from the Museum of the Rockies, the Montana State University Library, and conference participants to explore how we can maximize the full learning and writing potential of museum and library resources. Teachers of all disciplines and grade levels are invited, and teams of teachers are encouraged! We also invite principals and curriculum leaders who are interested in thinking more about how writing builds and utilizes community.

January Writing PLC

Join this live, online Professional Learning Community for an opportunity to share resources and network with writing teachers from across the state. This month’s topic will be Collaboration. This PLC occurs monthly, on the 2nd Wednesday at 3:45 pm.

Log in the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 3:45 with the GoTo Meeting link provided.

You may also go to the Teacher Learning Hub to find log-in information, watch recordings of past meetings, and earn a renewal unit for the PLC.

Hosted by Bridgett Paddock, Skyview High School and Elk River Writing ProjectPortrait photo of Bridgett and her dog.

November Writing Online PLC

Join Writing Teachers across Montana for this live, online Professional Learning Community (PLC). This month’s meeting will be hosted by pre-service teachers who are interested in asking questions to teachers working in the classroom. Covering a wide-range of topics throughout the year, this is an opportunity to gather with fellow teachers, ask questions, and grow your professional network of educators.

Log in the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 3:45 with the GoTo Meeting link provided.

Log into the Teacher Learning Hub and enroll in the Writing Teacher PLC in order to earn a renewal unit for this PLC, or to view past recordings.

Portrait photo of Bridgett and her dog.Hosted by Bridgett Paddock, Skyview High School and Elk River Writing Project