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Are you interested in learning more about what type of professional development we offer?  Read through some of our 'highlights' to get a feel for the learning taking place when GWP teacher consultants share their passion for teaching.

Teaching Argument Writing

Developing students’ ability to write an argument has become a focus for preparing students for college and career readiness.  Writing logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the Common Core Writing Standards. Argument writing is also being viewed as a vehicle to generate and demonstrate students’ knowledge and understanding in all content areas.

 In response to the anticipated need to provide teachers with effective approaches and strategies to teach argument writing, the Gateway Writing Project has developed a professional development opportunity that will help lay the foundation for teaching argument writing. The program stresses the positive implications of the word “argument” so that students learn and experience the qualities of civil discourse while examining and presenting issues that are complex and timely.

David Coleman, the co-author of the Common Core Literacy Standards, has asserted that we need to teach students to “read like a detective and write like an investigative reporter.” Taking this assertion to heart, the GWP focus is to demonstrate ways to learn how to read text carefully and then to write clearly about it.

June 2014 Registration Information

Technology Savvy Teaching

Every teacher has a desire to be up-to-date.  Tech Savvy gatherings create an opportunity for TCs to meet in a small group and look at the uses of technology in our classrooms. Dazzle students with your knowledge and surprise yourself with their engagement in the classroom.  Topic focuses will be posted as they are decided. 

For more information on a previous Google event, download our flyer.

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For more information on a previous Appy Hour event, download our flyer.

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Assignments Matter

Our National Task Jam was an opportunity to work with colleagues locally and nationally to design high quality, engaging writing assignments.

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Advanced Summer Institutes

An Advanced Summer Institute is an opportunity for Teacher Consultants to come together once again and benefit from the model of teachers teaching teachers.  Institutes are generally shorter than the Invitational Summer Institute and are focused around a topic.

In July of 2014, GWP offered an Advanced Summer Institute focused on the value of close reading, classroom discourse, the Common Core Standards, and, of course,writing!

Check out the invite for more information about the event.