Read Like Writers: Using the Study of Craft Techniques to Strengthen All Writing in Grades K-8
July 15–18, 2019, 8:00 am–3:45 pm
Help students learn how to read like writers while creating the opportunities and providing the teaching they need to build powerful writing systems over time. Strengthen your practice by developing a vision for your writers and use authentic assessments to inform your decisions as a teacher of writing.
Writing teacher and author of Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and Lesley University faculty will guide you in your thinking around these topics.
You can take the institute for noncredit and earn 24 professional development hours, or take it for 2 or 3 graduate credits.
Hosted by the Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.
Author of Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater also writes books for children. Her titles include Forest Has a Song, Every Day Birds, Read! Read! Read!, and With My Hands, and her poems appear in many anthologies. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, former fifth grade teacher, and writing teacher of 20 years, Amy leads school assemblies, offers writing workshops for all ages, and speaks frequently at conferences. She makes her home in Western New York, sharing snips of life at her popular classroom blog www.poemfarm.amylv.com and on Twitter @amylvpoemfarm.
- Create visions for your students as writers
- Explore the writing process
- Learn about inquiry in the writers’ workshop
- Discover characteristics of good writing
- Craft techniques such as finding ideas, choosing titles, structuring texts, crafting beginnings and endings
- Assess writing and writing conferences
If you're taking the institute for noncredit, these required professional texts are included in your registration cost. You'll receive these texts when you arrive at the institute.
- The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: Expanded Edition by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
- Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
If you're registering for the Summer Literacy Institute for graduate credit, you'll need to purchase the required texts during online registration for an additional $100 fee.
Cost and Registration
Noncredit (24 professional development hours)
- Noncredit cost: $850
- Register here.
- Group Discount: Register 10 from one district and register the 11th attendee for free
- Literacy Collaborative network discount
2 or 3 Graduate Credits (with assignment + fees)
- Both course sections can be taken for either 2 or 3 credits
- 2 credits: $2,090; 3 credits: $3,065 ($975/credit + $40 registration fee + $100 for required texts). See tuition discounts.
- Primary Institute (Grades K–2) course number: EEDUC 6020
- Intermediate/Middle Institute (Grades 3–8) course number: EEDUC 6030
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to register for graduate credit.
Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies
You must cancel in writing by July 1, 2019 to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email email@example.com to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.
If you switch from noncredit to taking the Institute for credit, you must submit the Graduate Credit Form (PDF) to the University Registrar before 3:00 pm on day 2 of the Institute: July 16, 2019. Learn more about registering for graduate credit.
- If you're taking the Institute for credit, you may cancel your registration up until the Friday before the Institute begins: July 12, 2019. You'll be refunded your fee in full, minus the $40 registration fee.
- Lesley University policy does not allow retroactive withdrawals or refunds. Once the course has begun, there is no refund of any kind.
- Review the university's cancellation and refund policies for credit-bearing courses.