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
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. 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 Local Educators
All GKCWP inservices and courses are led by Kansas City area educators. 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.
Previous PD Focus Areas
A minimum of 3 sessions (1/2 or full-day) facilitated by GKCWP Teacher Consultants. Schools can arrange for reduced-rate graduate credit options with at least 36 contact hours.
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. Traditionally, the Literacy Academy is a four day course during the summer, with four regroup sessions throughout the school year.
College, Career & Community Writers Program
The C3WP instructional resources help teachers and students read critically, explore multiple points of view, and take a stand on important issues. The C3WP is backed by recent research which shows that schools who provide this professional development program to their teachers have seen student writing improve in all four attributes of argument writing.
Learn more about the C3WP in this YouTube video.
Read the research brief here.
Contact Katie Kline, firstname.lastname@example.org to bring the C3WP to your school.
Professional Development Series
A minimum of 3 sessions (1/2 or full-day) facilitated by GKCWP Teacher Consultants. Focus areas are identified by building leadership teams and can include: Formative Assessment, Writing in Content Areas, Reading-Writing Connection, Argument & Blended Writing.
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.