Summer 2020 Online Workshops for Teachers

The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project is providing online workshops in July for teachers on practical instructional strategies in any of the areas of literacy as we move into a new academic year. Each workshop is one-hour in duration. KMWP will provide the platform and support for facilitating the workshops after you have registered. Register for workshops here.


Registration Fee: $25 per workshop; $90 for 4-day podcasting series workshop


Five Reasons why You Should Become a Teacher Who Writes
Presented by Lori Vincent
Tuesday, July 7 (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
This workshop positions us all as writers, transforming our identities from a teacher who assigns writing to a writer who teaches. Anyone who can tell a story is a writer!
Debating Reality: Defending your Character
Presented by Treva Barr
Tuesday, July 7 (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM) This workshop explores making argumentative writing more relevant to students by using realistic fiction novels. You will learn to help students write argumentative essays by presenting a legal argument to defend their character of choice.
Secondary Writing Centers: Bringing Students, Leadership, and Literacy Together
Presented by Heather Barton
Wednesday, July 8 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)This workshop examines how peer-focused writing centers leverage support closing achievement gaps, building strong school-wide writing cultures, enhancing social-emotional learning, and creating the conditions for spirited inquiry across disciplines.
Environmental Art and Poetry: Nature poems to accompany site-specific sculpture inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Presented by Jenevieve & Stephen Goss
Thursday, July 9 (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)This workshop engages participants in the study of  the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy. You will create site-specific found-nature-object sculptures, then write found poems with the help of the plant identification app, PlantSnap.
Podcasting for Student Voice and Choice – Learn to Create and Publish (4-day series)
Presented by Glenn Rhoades
Monday–Thursday, July 13–16 (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)This workshop series focuses participants on using a free podcasting app to create and publish a short podcast. Tools and resources will be provided including lesson plans, examples, and resources for classroom implementation.
Writing & Winning 21st Century Grants
Presented by Elaine Barrera
Tuesday, July 14 (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)This workshop explores the best way to empower yourself as a teacher, and get the resources you need through grant funds. Don’t be intimidated by grant-writing: learn how to do it!
The Writing Coach: Cultivating a Writing-Centric Classroom of Support, Feedback, and Success in Writing
Presented by Heather Barton & Lori Vincent
Wednesday, July 15 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)This workshop shares how coaching revolutionized our classrooms by creating writing-centric, feedback-rich classroom cultures. We will share rigorous research-based writing best practices to practical strategies to manage the flow of feedback.
Fiction in a Flash!
Presented by Stephanie Vasquez
Thursday, July 16 (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
This workshop will guide participants on gathering ideas for how to teach your students the elements of narrative writing by using the concept of flash fiction.
10 Essential Middle School Mini-Lessons to Launch Readers/Writers Workshop for Yearly Consistency
Presented by Megan Schumacher
Monday, July 27 (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM) This workshop takes participants on a visual tour of 10 mini-lessons that work with all learners. Workshop can’t be all organic, “in-the-now” discovery. The learning can’t be entirely student-directed. How do we launch the workshop so students will have the appropriate balance of structure and freedom to go where the learning leads us?



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