Writing Toolkit Institute: Using Writing Toolkits and Learning Progressions to Support Writing Conferring and Small Group Work

Monday, February 19 — Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Grade: K-5
Featuring: Brooke Geller, Alicia Luick, Valerie Geschwind, Dani Sturtz, Colleen Cruz

We are excited to repeat this institute, following its enormous popularity last year. This institute spotlights the creation and use of toolkits to support writing conferring and small group work. We define toolkits broadly to include charts, exemplars, mentor texts, demonstration writing, practice materials, and a score of other tools that you can create and adapt in order to teach both flexibly and responsively.

There will be an emphasis on formative assessments and learning progressions that inform both your instruction and your toolkits. You’ll hear about the challenges writers sometimes face as they move through the writing process across a variety of genres. How can you encourage volume and stamina? How can you help children study mentor texts and set goals for their own writing work? How can you support students’ ability to transfer their knowledge of word study when writing and editing in order to work with greater efficiency and accuracy? This institute will help you answer these questions and more.

Most importantly, we’ll help you consider the many ways you can help students remain on a steady trajectory of growth using goals, personal charts, checklists, rubrics, and the like, so that your students’ growth continues beyond the five to ten minutes you spend by their side.

We’ve found that simple tools—Post-its, whiteboards, and above all, your own writing—can turn the work over to kids in the most joyous ways imaginable. You’ll hear about ways to put tools into students’ hands and to teach them to use these with increasing independence, so that they can eventually leave the tools behind. The presenters will show you how you can create and use state of the art teaching tools that are responsive and developmentally appropriate. You will see pictures and examples galore to spur your imagination and will then create your own tools for use in your school.


$650/$600 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY