Ashley Jose and Helane Androne

Summer 2018 Workshops

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39th Annual TEACHING OF WRITING Workshop
June 18 - July 13, 2018, Monday - Friday8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester
6 Graduate Credit Hours
Attention K-12 teachers. Join us for this four-week workshop and be part of a writing and teaching community where you will study contemporary approaches to teaching writing, explore your own writing, and share best classroom techniques. Collaborate with other K-12 teachers and return to your classroom with ideas for teaching, revising, and evaluating writing, and practice strategies for creating and strengthening instruction. Further explore implementation of the Common Core Literacy Standards in practical and effective ways. Participate in dynamic and interactive presentations from outstanding teachers, learn about best practices in all areas of literacy, and work toward your own professional teaching and writing goals.
Using Notebooks: Writers, Readers & More
June 11 - June 22, 2018 (Meets Mon-Thurs 6/11-6/14 and Tues-Fri 6/19-6/22)
Location: Voice of America Learning Center
3 Graduate Credit Hours
Ralph Fletcher says, “ Keeping a notebook is the single best way I know to survive as a writer.” This workshop will explore how notebooks remain a place to develop writing but have also become an instructional tool in classrooms across the day from writing to reading to science and social studies.  Participants will read and discuss current resources related to using notebooks in a classroom, keep a writer’s notebook of their own personal and professional writing, and generate practical strategies for using a notebook for writers, readers, and more.
Teaching With and Evaluating Sources
July 9 - 13, 2018
Location: Voice of America Learning Center
2 Graduate Credit Hours
With ever present news and an increase in primary source documents in a school day, teachers and students are challenged to think carefully and critically about the sources they encounter. In this workshop, teachers will explore practical strategies for supporting students as they read and use source material. Specific focus areas include finding, modifying, and teaching with primary sources in Social Studies and Science, as well as guiding students to evaluate and check sources in English and research.
Enriching Literacy: Supporting Gifted Students
July 17 - 19, 2018
Location: Oxford campus
1 Graduate Credit Hour
Enrichment doesn’t mean more work, but what does it mean? In this workshop, participants will read and review professional resources for supporting gifted learners as well as explore the structures, strategies, and practices that best create environments to enrich learning, develop inquiry, and build on passions.
Digging into Reading: Engaging and Developing Readers (hybrid)
June 4 - 22, 2018 meets online
June 6 & June 15 meets at Voice of America Learning Center
3 Graduate Credit Hours
Are you looking for ways to inspire thoughtful, engages readers in your classroom? Are you wondering how to balance the need for close reading and passion in reading instruction? In this hybrid workshop, teachers will examine a variety of approaches to stimulate thinking and passion in response to reading. The workshop will feature daily writing time, interaction with a variety of texts and the exchange of practical ideas. The focus will be on creating reading environments and strategies that encourage inquiry, cultivate critical thinking, develop analysis, create a student centered classroom, and finally develop a love of reading.
Grammar and Teaching Writing (hybrid)
June 20 - July 10, 2018 meets online
June 21 & June 29 meets at Voice of America Learning Center
3 Graduate Credit Hours
Grammar and mechanics matter when creating successful writing. Why then is it so hard to connect grammar instruction with writing instruction? In this hybrid workshop for K-12 teachers, participants will consider the evolution of and current research on grammar instruction, share and practice strategies for teaching grammar and conventions, apply grammar practices to their own writing, and create curriculum plans connecting to grammar and writing instruction.
The Power of Poetry: Teaching and Writing Poetry (online)
July 9 - 30, 2018 meets online
3 Graduate Credit Hours
Looking to make poetry less intimidating? Wishing you could find ways to incorporate poetry in your daily classroom routines? This class takes the fear out of teaching poetry and aims to help teachers incorporate poetry fluidly into the classroom. Participants will write their own poems, compile a collection of poetry mentor texts for classroom use, and be given the time to appreciate the elegance of poetry. We will examine author’s craft, compare genres and texts, explore ways to use poetry in reading and writing instruction, write our own poetry, and even discuss ways to assess creative writing.