Building Better Vocabulary Lists
Narrative and Memoir Writing
The Writing Process
Nonfiction Reading & Writing
Using Mentor Texts
Six Trait Writing
Building a Whole School Writing Community: Writing Across the Curriculum
Technology and New Media in a Writing Classroom
Reaching ELL & Linguistially Diverse Students
Re-Imagining Content Area Writing
Professional Development Series
A minimum of 3 sessions (1/2 or full-day) facilitated by GKCWP Teacher Consultants on individual topics such as:
The Literacy Academy is a professional development course for K-12 teachers which allows them to explore the writing process as both writers and educators. Participants will write daily, respond to one another's writing, and reflect on the process. In addition, the group will share successful practices in the teaching of writing, read and discuss the current research, and engage in professional conversations about the role of writing in our classrooms.
As one of the offerings of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, this course is based on traditional National Writing Project philosophies: The best professional development occurs when educators share their expertise and learn from one another, engaging in their own writing, research, and leadership development. The goals of this course are to expand teaching strategies and techniques, gain insight into the experiences of our colleagues in all facets of education, identify our questions and beliefs about our teaching, and identify areas for further study and growth. Because this group will be made up of a group of experienced educators, it will not be a lecture- based class. All participants are expected to share in the learning and teaching process. Traditionally, the Literacy Academy is a four day course during the summer, with four regroup sessions throughout the school year.
School-Wide Literacy Initiative
The School-Wide Literacy Initiative model works for schools or departments seeking to achieve building literacy goals, across grade levels and/or content areas. Extensive planning among building leaders and the GKCWP ensures an effective program tailored to the individual strengths and needs of each school. Participants identify literacy goals while working in Professional Learning Communities, modeling writing lessons and activities using existing curriculum and mentor texts. The anchor of the SLI is the Writer's Notebook; GKCWP Teacher Consultants guide participants through mini-lessons on the writing process and Six Trait writing, creating a school wide vocabulary for literacy. Participants will write daily, respond to one another's writing, and reflect on the process. In addition, the group will share successful practices in the teaching of writing, read and discuss the current research, and engage in professional conversations about the role of writing in our classrooms.
Traditionally, the School-Wide Literacy Initiative is a four day course in the summer with regroup sessions throughout the year. In subsequent years, the SLI is an excellent choice for schools or departments seeking to vertical team and map a literacy curriculum.
Workshops Led By Classroom Teachers
All GKCWP inservices and courses are led by Kansas City area school teachers. This means that all of our work is done with KS and MO standards, benchmarks, and new curriculum frameworks in mind. Our professional development designs are flexible so that we may co-design a program that best suits your school or district improvement plan.
Improve Writing & Teaching
The GKCWP offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for schools, districts and administrators. Inservices are designed to help educators improve writing and the teaching of writing and literacy and to strengthen teacher leadership in order to affect exemplary classroom practices. All inservices are designed in collaboration with school leadership teams or administrative offices and align with national, state and local initiatives to support student achievement across the content areas.
Professional Development Attitude
Teachers are the best teachers of teachers.
Writing and literacy are central to learning across content areas.
Professional Development is an on-going process across the life span.
All teachers should have access to quality professional development.
Successful teachers of writing are writers themselves.
Universities and schools can build powerful, lasting partnerships.
Classroom teachers and other educators are critical to meaningful change.