Writing in the Era of the Common Core

Rigorous text-based writing instruction that features discussion, reading, and writing for different purposes as a model for Common Core instruction

Eugene, OR – February 26, 2015:  Click here to register 


The Common Core writing standards and performance assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced demand that students are able to produce high-quality, text-based writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. This is a new requirement for many of our nation’s students and requires an instructional shift for many teachers. The question on many educators’ minds is: What does classroom instruction look like that prepares students for the writing demands of the Common Core?

During our time together, you will learn about the state of writing instruction in secondary classrooms based on the most current research. You will roll up your sleeves and participate as a learner in Common Core-aligned lessons that will deepen your understanding about how carefully sequenced reading, writing, and speaking tasks support students to use writing flexibly and effectively to clarify and communicate their ideas.

Our approach is not a hot new strategy. Mike Schmoker, in his 2011 book Focus, affirms that, “… the largest proportion of the curriculum should be built around authentic literacy activities in every subject area. The simple, age-old template…close reading/underlining and annotation of text, discussion of the text, writing about the text informed by close reading, discussion, and annotation.”

Without games or gimmicks, we offer a pragmatic picture of what teachers and students should be saying and doing in a classroom that is deeply committed to preparing students for the literacy demands of college, career, and beyond.

Who should attend?

Central District Administrators who work with curriculum and professional development, Principals and Assistant Principals, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Professional Development, Directors of English Language Arts and Literacy, Instructional Literacy Coaches, and Language Arts teacher leaders. This workshop is ideal for educators of upper elementary through high school.

What you’ll receive.

Each participant will receive workshop handouts, morning refreshments, beverages, and a luncheon buffet.

Registration is $229 per person or $199 per person for teams of three or more.

Workshop hours are 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Click here to download the agenda for this workshop