It's time to start planning for Summer PD! Please share the attached flyer far and wide with interested teachers.
Missouri Writing Project
A note from Write to Learn follows:
Hello, Master Teacher!
I call you that because, in my experience, those teachers who belong to state and national organizations in their fields—like the Missouri Writing Project Network—are the crème de la crème, the true Master Teachers.
If you don’t know me, I run the annual Write to Learn Conference for K-12 language arts teachers in Missouri.
Unfortunately, with the pandemic this year, we weren’t able to have our usual in-person conference, so we’ve done something a little different—a series of multi-part Zoom workshops for teachers, led by some of the top language arts experts in the country.
We will be wrapping up this series of workshops in February with our Authors’ Series. Unlike the other workshop series we’ve hosted this year, the Authors’ Series will consist of three one-hour workshops led by three different award-winning authors--Allan Wolf, John Claude Bemis, and Nikki Grimes—who will be sharing their best tips and techniques for teaching writing. All three of these authors have written for children’s, middle grades, and YA audiences, so no matter what grade you teach, you’ll get great, actionable ideas.
You can learn more about these amazing authors on the Speakers page of the conference website, and you can see descriptions of their sessions on the Sessions page (scroll down toward the bottom of both of those pages to find the Authors’ Series speakers, as they are the last ones for the year).
And here’s the cool part: as a reward for being an MWPN member (and for being a Master Teacher), I wanted to offer you a special, nearly half-price deal to hear these three amazing authors speak—only $79 instead of the normal full price of $149!
The sessions are on Thursday evenings (Feb. 11, 18, and 25), so you don’t have to miss class to attend, and all sessions are recorded so you can watch the recording later if for some reason you have to miss one of the live calls.
OK, let’s get to the nitty-gritty: to get your special price on the Authors’ Series, all you have to do is go to the Register page on the website, click the “Click to Register” button, and when you’re filling out your registration, on the payment page, you will see a place to enter a code for the special price. Enter this code: StudentWRITERS21. Your cost will immediately be reduced from the normal full price to just $79.
I hope you will join us in February for this amazing opportunity to learn some of the “insider secrets” of three best-selling authors that you can then share with your own students.
Write to Learn Conference Coordinator
Follow this link to Write to Learn's blog in order to find out more!
It's Scholastic writing season again!
The Scholastic Writing Awards are accepting student entries through Jan. 6.
There are more than 10 different categories including poetry, critical essay and flash fiction, and each entry fee of $7 can be paid with a credit card or check. Teachers can also submit a bulk payment if a whole class is entering.
Visit www.artandwriting.org to get started.
Missouri Writing Project
In light of the pandemic, Write to Learn is holding a virtual conference this year. Check out the flyer and follow the link to register! W2L Registration
There’s still time to join us for the Missouri Writing Project Summer Institute! Though the Institute will take place virtually this year, it will have the same focus on building a community of folks who write together, demonstrate ways to teach with writing, and engage in inquiry around writing instruction. It’s sure to be a welcome escape from a stressful world. Please see this flyer for more information and contact Christy Goldsmith (GoldsmithC@missouri.edu) if you’re interested! The final deadline to join the Summer Institute is June 1.
As a Missouri Writing Projects Network, some exciting things are happening as well.
Show Me Online Teaching Monday - Wednesday - Friday at 2pm
Each thirty-minute episode features a guest teacher sharing a practical lesson for online learning. Join us live on the Zoom call or come back here to watch when you can: Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/130213043.
Each Thursday, Writing Project folks from across the state will participate in a Write On! ZOOM call. This is a forum to ask questions and stay grounded by writing and reflecting together.
Join the MWPN Write On! zoom call on Thursday, 4/2, 10am (Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/105219116 ). A good place to connect with teachers working together through this uncertain time.
We encourage you to consider joining these sessions as we adjust to ongoing changes. The links will be updated on the MWPN website and on DESE's Edmodo page. (If you have not joined, you can request to do so by emailing Debbie Jameson: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Follow the link to our new web page and Christy Goldsmith's video!
Don't forget to enter your students' writing for the 2020 Scholastic Writing Awards by January 3rd, 2020!
Follow the buttons below for more information!
Missouri Writing Project
Based at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO and comprised of area teachers who have completed our Summer Institute, our goal is to support teachers and students in writing and literacy across contexts, grade levels, and content areas through collaborative PD.