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Gateway Writing Project offers professional development opportunities in a variety of formats.  Read through our current offerings and consider what may be a good fit for you.

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program?

The National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) was designed to help students become skilled at writing arguments from nonfiction sources. The program, created by a team of NWP teacher‐leaders, incorporates scaffolded teaching and systematic formative assessment to support the development of students’ argument writing. The instructional resources help teachers and students read critically, explore multiple points of view, and finally take a stand on important issues, while the formative assessment tools are used to inform next steps in instruction.

Moreover, a two-year random assignment evaluation showed the program had a positive, statistically significant effect on the four attributes of student argument writing—content, structure, stance, and conventions—measured by the National Writing Project’s Analytic Writing Continuum for Source-Based Argument. In particular, CRWP students demonstrated greater proficiency in the quality of reasoning and use of evidence in their writing.

A cohort of GWP teacher consultants will be field testing the materials in their classrooms this year to consider how to adapt the program to diverse contexts and teaching situations. If you would like more information about the College-Ready Writer's Program, please contact GWP Co-director, Katie O'Daniels (odanielsk@umsl.edu314-516-5578).

Are you looking for a way to stay professionally rejuvenated with like-minded teachers?

Join fellow GWP colleagues in a book study group. GWP will supply the books, you provide the great conversation!  Book clubs form around the professional books YOU choose.  Groups negotiate their own meeting place and schedule for reading in order to accommodate the needs of the group.  Expectations are minimal and simply include: reading, discussing, and applying learned strategies in the classroom.  All groups come together in the fall to share and present their findings.  Read more about the program through a past book group event flyer.


Here are some of our past, recommended reads.

Recommended Reads
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Write Like This
by Kelly Gallagher
Write Beside Them
by Penny Kittle
Doing Literary Criticism
by Tim Gillespie
Falling in Love with Close Reading
by Christopher Lehman
and Kate Roberts
Academic Conversations
by Jeff Zwiers
and Marie Crawford
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Tough Talk, Tough Texts
by Cindy O'Donnell-Allen
Teaching Argument Writing
by George Hillocks Jr.
Rethinking Rubrics
by Maja Wilson
Get it Done!
by Jeffrey D Wilhelm, Michael Smith,
and James Fredricksen
Wondrous Words
by Katie Wood Ray

...or check in with our GoodReads account for other professional recommendations.

Are you looking for an opportunity to attend a session about teaching writing?

Digital Writing Classrooms

(Grades K – 12) 

In the ever-changing landscape of the digital world, teachers are often directed to use digital resources with little time or training to learn how to use them effectively in the classroom. Many web based resources, including Google tools, are popular because they are powerful and easily integrated. This workshop focuses on how to use Google tools, such as Classroom, Drive and Docs along with many other free, web based resources to collaborate with students and transform writing in the classroom. Participants will learn how to take current units and design them with technology in mind to teach students how to organize themselves, access resources, and collaborate in a digital world.

Conventions and Craft: Investigating the Rules and the Power of Language

(Grades 4 – 12) 
Teaching language conventions (particularly grammar and punctuation) is an integral part of a writing program, but it can be a lead balloon that weighs down an otherwise engaging and creative classroom. If learning language conventions becomes an act of discovery alongside other investigations of writing craft, students will not only readily engage in the learning, but also deeply understand the workings of our language. In this workshop, teachers will engage in lessons to teach grammar and punctuation, learn key principles for effective convention lessons, and create their own lesson to address a common problem in their classroom. In addition, teachers will be guided to create a systematic plan for effectively incorporating convention and craft lessons into their writing program.

Engaging Young Readers and Writers in Content Study

(Grades 3 – 6))
All too often, learning is segmented into discreet subjects, and untested subjects like social studies are minimized or not taught at all. The most powerful learning experiences engage students in multiple acts of literacy situated within meaningful contexts. This workshop will allow teachers to participate in content studies rich with opportunities for to read, write, speak, and listen. In addition to learning how to create integrated units, participants will also learn ways to engage students in critical thinking and problem-solving.

Authentic Tasks, Authentic Voices: Growing Writers Who Effectively Inform and Argue

(Grades 6 -12) 
Often, critical assessments at the district, state, or national level lead teachers to assign writing tasks that fit into certain molds, teaching expository or argumentative skills only through narrow forms. Engaging students in a wide variety of writing tasks for various purposes and audiences will not only prepare students for real world writing but also help them build skills necessary for required informative and argumentative writing assessments. In this workshop, teachers will engage in authentic writing tasks and skill lessons that prepare students for effective informative and argumentative writing. In addition, teachers will be guided to develop a scope and sequence of tasks and lessons that fit the expectations of their district curriculum.

*If you are interested in attending these sessions, please contact GWP Co-director, Katie O'Daniels (odanielsk@umsl.edu314-516-5578) to be notified of availability