Writing Well: Telling Stories People Notice

Compelling, concise writing is an art. In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals applicable to all forms of good, solid writing. From social media and websites to nonprofit and business communication, instructor Jule Banville will guide you through the basics of journalistic writing via example, discussion, and practice. With 10 years of experience teaching writing at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism and 20 years working as an editor, Jule will teach you how to write clean, concise, engaging content across multiple applications. Customized instruction throughout ensures you’ll leave with relevant skills for your work.

How to Enroll: Visit Writing Well: Telling Stories People Notice on Montana Media Lab’s website.

Writing in Science Summer Institute

Writing in Science! July 7-9, 2019 at Fairmont Hot Springs. Free for teachers, participants will only need to pay for their lodging cost and a couple of meals. Register today for this wonderful opportunity. This 3-day Summer Writing Intensive provides Montana teachers with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science with incredible strategies and resources to take to your classroom.

Making It Real: A Montana Historical Society Workshop for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Award-winning educator Jim Schulz will be joined by Elementary and Middle School Teacher Leaders in Montana History to present a six-hour workshop, which will focus on ways to incorporate writing, engage and empower students, and teach them to look for evidence to support their claims, all while making the past as real as possible. It will include sessions on Visual Thinking Strategies, using artifacts and images to teach about immigration, and presentations sharing “never-fail” strategies and resources that bring the past to life.

How to Enroll: Visit the Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events Montana Historical Society website

Yellowstone Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute

The Yellowstone Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, which will be held M-F June 18 – June 27, 2019, with a required Pre-institute Workshop on May 4, 2019, is an intensive professional experience through which participating teachers immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of writing instruction. Successful teachers from throughout the Yellowstone Region come together for two weeks on the campus of Montana State University to explore strategies for teaching students at all grade levels to write well and for enhancing student learning in general. Teachers work on their own writing, study current research and theory, share teaching strategies, and learn about writing and teaching.

Western Montana 2019 Summer Institute

The Western Montana CSPD is offering a Summer Institute with a variety professional development opportunities June 11-13, 2019 in Polson, MT.

Some of the opportunities include:

  • The Development of Reading and Writing (K-2)
  • High Impact Math Instruction (K-12)
  • Understanding Conflict and Communication
  • Preschool Curriculum
  • Restorative Justice
  • Raising Student Achievement
  • Data Management and Tech Integration

…and much more!

How to Enroll: Visit Summer Institute 2019

Audio Storytelling and Podcasting

Over the course of five days, NPR Story Lab senior producer Michael May will guide participants through reporting, editing and mixing an audio feature. The workshop will cover interviewing and gathering sound, writing and editing a script, and cutting and mixing audio. We will also discuss what makes a podcast successful, and participants will create a blueprint for planning, producing and marketing their own podcast. No experience necessary.

How to Enroll: Visit Audio Storytelling and Podcasting on Montana Media Lab’s website.

Elk River Writing Project 2019 Invitational Leadership Institute

The Elk River Writing Project 2019 Invitational Leadership Institute is being held on:

  • June 17-June 28 Face-to-Face
  • Continuing coursework online
  • August 8 Final teacher inquiry project presentation Face-to-Face

Institute Leadership by Donna Miller, Bridgett Paddock, Lisa Borgstrom, and Cheyenne Aldrich

How to Enroll: Visit the Trainings page on the Elk River Writing Project website

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

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

Working With Diverse Learners Who Find Reading and Writing Challenging (Apr. 5 – Aug. 2, 2019)

Working With Diverse Learners Who Find Reading and Writing Challenging
This self-paced, online Moodle course is intended for those who are interested in studying how teachers can impact their reading and writing instruction in school contexts. Major course objectives are to help class participants become more confident with teaching their diverse students reading and writing in the content disciplines they teach.

Course description: This 2-credit course is designed to extend participants’ knowledge of literacy instruction for students who find reading and writing challenging. Since word knowledge is tied to comprehension, there will be an emphasis on learning about those instructional approaches that support vocabulary growth and concept development.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
identify basic principles of literacy instruction and describe how these are influenced by academic language and content knowledge.
describe Tier 1, 2, and 3 vocabulary levels.
create a motivational “hook” that previews key concepts of a text.
evaluate a professional resource, noting how ideas can be incorporated into a pre-existing lesson.
create several vocabulary development activities that support the B-D-A learning model.
analyze specific strategies that support language learning and reading comprehension

​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 is the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) “Grammar Teacher of the Year.” The Association of Teachers of English Grammar (ATEG) is an arm of NCTE. 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 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://forms.gle/7a9M6Cv42rmV8Q337

Fire on the Page: Every Picture Tells a Story Writing Workshop

This year’s Yellowstone Writing Project conference, Fire on the Page: Every Picture Tells a Story, is Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Museum of the Rockies. Throughout the day, as we immerse ourselves in the rich surroundings of the MOR, we will focus on the ways in which images inspire writing. Teachers of all disciplines and grade levels are invited and teams of teachers are encouraged! Sessions include, but are not limited to, the following:

• experiencing storytelling through silent film viewing and creation in conjunction with the International Youth Silent Film Festival (photo)
• using contemporary photography to inspire writing across the major text types in K-12 classrooms
• exploring the new MOR exhibit entitled “Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration”
• accessing archived images, both on-site MOR resources and digital sources from both the MOR and renowned Montana writer, Ivan Doig.

Our YWP Teacher Consultants will partner 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 the imagery that surrounds us. We also invite principals and curriculum leaders who are interested in thinking more about how writing builds and utilizes community.

Montana OPI renewal credits will be awarded. Email us at yellowstonewp@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to writing with you in February!

Register at the link provided.

Please email questions to: yellowstonewp@gmail.com