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2015 Summer Writing Workshops

Pre-register here to reserve your spot today! The registration deadline is June 12, 2015.

The Eastern Illinois Writing Project (EIWP) will hold new summer writing workshops for K-12 teachers on June 19 and June 26, 2015, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The 2015 Summer Writing Workshops for K-12 Teachers Across the Curriculum will serve teachers across disciplines and grade levels and will be focused on reading informational texts, writing to learn, writers’ workshop, and integrating technology into literacy across the curriculum.

The first session on June 19 will include workshops focused on writing to learn, Google Classroom Part I, and Writer’s Workshop. The second session on June 26 will include workshops focused on teaching with informational texts, Google Classroom Part II and literacy across the curriculum. 

Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Teachers will earn three Continuing Professional Development Hours per session.

The workshops will be presented by seasoned teachers, who have completed the EIWP Invitational Summer Institute and participated in professional development activities designed to hone their teaching demonstrations and/or presentations. The teachers have completed at least six hours of graduate credit in an intense four-week workshop for teachers across the curriculum and grade levels.

The EIWP Summer Writing Workshops will provide teachers across disciplines and grade levels the opportunity to read professionally, participate in small and whole group discussions, learn and practice new teaching strategies that will ultimately improve student writing and learning. These workshops will show creative ways to integrate reading and writing throughout the curriculum and still meet the Illinois Common Core Standards.

The workshops will provide a variety of research-based assignments teachers can use with their students. Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various content areas/topics. Resources will be shared to encourage both classroom and school-wide changes. The workshops will provide educators with opportunities and skills to collaborate with peers across the curriculum, as well. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.

The cost to attend is $15 for one session or $25 for both sessions. Pre-registration is required by June 12 and can be completed online at http://castle.eiu.edu/~easternnwp/development.php or by emailing Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.

Checks made payable to Eastern Illinois Writing Project can be sent to Eastern Illinois Writing Project, Eastern Illinois University, Attn: Robin Murray, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.

For more information, please email Robin Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.

 


 

2015 Digital Writing In-Service Workshops

On October 14 and 15, prior to our Institute Day, Professor Hicks will be providing in-service workshops for teachers, university faculty, and pre-service teachers. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.

The following outlines his sessions:

“Connected Reading: Apps and Approaches for Digital Texts”: As we adopt smartphones and tablets for 1:1 instruction, we need to review our efforts at comprehension instruction for all kinds of digital texts. Based on a survey of over 800 adolescents, we will discuss principles of "Connected Reading" and how we can adapt existing comprehension strategies in digital spaces, as well as explore new opportunities for finding, managing, and reflecting on digital texts.

“Citing Sources and Preventing Plagiarism in a Digital Age”: While we have programs that can track student work to see if they've plagiarized, it's better if we teach them how and why to cite sources in the first place. Learn about a bibliographic tool, Citelighter, and how you can use it with Google Docs to enhance the research and writing process.

“Creating Your Personal Learning Network”: Building your own PLN (personal learning network) has become one of the most effective ways to engage in professional development. How can social networking tools such as Twitter help you become a better teacher? In what ways can you utilize the power of RSS feeds to create up-to-date newsmagazines with Feedly or Flipboard? Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to this session to sign up for these free services and find out!

These workshops will facilitate both student learning and school improvement. They will help students improve reading skills, research, and the writing process in the classroom. But they will also help teachers build personal learning networks in their school and/or district to better engage in professional development.

 


 

2015 Institute Day

The Seventh Annual Institute Day will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration is now open!  

Each fall, teachers gather at on the campus of Eastern Illinois University to attend the Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day program. This free Institute Day runs from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and includes teacher-driven presentations and workshops that allow both attendees and presenters to share effective ideas and confer with one another, emphasizing our belief that the best teachers of teachers are other teachers.

The 2015 Institute Day will focus on collaborative reading and writing in multiple disciplines, including math, science, history, social studies, and technical subjects. Teachers from across disciplines and grade levels will share their teaching ideas in multiple breakout sessions, maintaining a teachers teaching teachers model to creatively meet the Common Core Standards. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10. 

To highlight this interdisciplinarity across grade levels, we are also pleased to announce our keynote speaker: Troy Hicks. Professor Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU's Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Create, Compose, Connect (Eye on Education/Routledge, 2014) in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters. The following descriptions highlight Hicks’s presentation for the October conference:

Keynote: “Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in a Digital Age”: As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive keynote we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

Post Keynote Luncheon Conversation: Please bring your questions and ideas from the keynote straight into this follow-up conversation. Here we can discuss some of the digital writing tools in more detail, connect more directly to your classroom practice, and look at more examples of student work. You will help make this session happen, so please come prepared to interact, learn some more, and create your own digital writing.

The Institute Day will also include teacher-driven presentations and workshops that allow both attendees and presenters to share effective ideas and confer with one another, emphasizing the belief that the best teachers of teachers are other teachers. Workshops will include “Lessons on Common Core Peer Editing,” “Technology and Common Core,” “Curriculum Development and Common Core,” “Primary Sources and Common Core,” Writing to Learn,” and “Google Apps and Common Core.” These workshops will help teachers better meet their students’ literacy needs across the curriculum and grade levels, facilitating ways for students to mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital writing voices.

Participants may earn up to 5 Continuing Professional Development Hours (CPDHs) toward teacher certification renewal. Students are welcome to attend, as well!

Download the 2015 Pamphlet here!

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The programs for the 2014, 2013 and 2012 Institute Days will give you an idea of the types of opportunities that you can expect each year.

  • 2014 Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day, "Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum and the Common Core Standards." - View the program here.

  • 2013 Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day, "Teaching with Primary Sources, Literacy, Diversity, and the Common Core Standards Across the Curriculum." - View the program here.

  • 2012 Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day, "Creative Teaching That 
Meets the Standards: 
Integrating Reading and Writing 
Throughout the Curriculum." View the program here

For more information, please email Robin Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.


 

Workshop Series

The EIWP workshop series will provide teachers the opportunity to read professionally, participate in small and whole group discussions, learn and practice new teaching strategies that will ultimately improve student writing and learning.

This series will show creative ways to integrate reading and writing throughout the curriculum—and still meet the Illinois Common Core Standards. Come try out a variety of assignments you can use with your students!

Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various content areas/topics. Participants will receive CPDHs (two per session, six per semester).

Most sessions will be conducted by practicing teachers who have taken part in previous EIWP Summer Institutes.

Upcoming workshops will be announced here as soon as they are scheduled.

Current & Past Workshops:

  • Winter 2013/Spring 2014 - "Professional Development in the Martinsville Schools: Language Arts Common Core." The EIWP Professional Development Program in the Martinsville Schools builds on the district’s assets: a strong commitment to authentic literacy instruction and new technology resources with which to work. Because Illinois has adopted the Common Core Standards, which promote more writing in every discipline, helping teachers of all subject areas teach writing and reading across the curriculum and across grade levels has become more important than ever before.

The emphasis on literacy instruction in social studies, the sciences, technology, and, of course, k-12 English language arts presents a particular need and opportunity for EIWP and the Martinsville Schools. With help from our teacher leaders, the Martinsville teacher will be more able to navigate changes from the Illinois State Standards to the new Common Core.

The program plan currently includes six in-service half day writing to learn and writing and reading across the curriculum workshops; a full-day Institute Day on the campus of Eastern Illinois University; professional development reading groups focused on Content Area Writing: Every Teachers’ Guide, Digital Writing Matters, and works focused on the writing and reading workshop from Nancie Atwell and Ralph Fletcher. There will be opportunities for teachers to write and share their writing through journaling and group action projects.

Design of the Series: Sessions will be conducted by practicing teachers who have taken part in EIWP Summer Institutes. Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various grade levels/content areas/topics. Sessions will include discussion of a professional book about the teaching of writing. (Each participant will receive a copy.)  Participants will receive one CPDU per contact hour.

  • Spring 2013 - "Creative Teaching That Meets the Standards: Integrating Reading and Writing Throughout the Curriculum" held at Sullivan High School. View the pamphlet here.