Overview of WriteToLearnNY Programs
The overarching goal of WriteToLearnNY is to provide high school educators of all disciplines with a conceptual framework and hands-on strategies to successfully implement writing-to-learn, a pedagogy that increases student learning of and engagement with course content and provides vehicles for written expression leading to improved writing skills.
To meet the needs of high school faculty, WriteToLearnNY programs are available in varied formats. All WriteToLearnNY professional development programs include stimulating, multi-dimensional activities designed to reinforce, enhance, and extend the teaching practices of participating faculty. Each program includes whole group discussions, writing exercises, small group work, mini-lectures, and discussion of readings. With the exception of Online Workshops, all programs are offered on site with space provided by schools.
Hybrid Workshop Series
This comprehensive series of four, 2-hour on-site workshops combined with an asynchronous online component prepares educators to implement writing-to-learn in their classes. In each engaging face-to-face session, participants share their responses to workshop content, readings, and writing assignments they have created. Faculty also experience first-hand some of the same writing-to-learn strategies they will employ when assigning writing to their students. Asynchronous online discussions between sessions offer additional opportunities for faculty interaction and enrichment. The workshop instructor delivers mini-lectures, supplies readings and assignments, guides group discussions and collaborative activities (both in-person and online) and assists with individual efforts.
Offered over two days, WriteToLearnNY seminars provide a compact overview of essential writing-to-learn concepts and implementation strategies. Each interactive 4-hour meeting includes opportunities for educators to share their responses to workshop content, assigned readings they have completed prior to the seminar, and writing assignments they have created for their students. The seminar leader delivers mini-lectures, supplies readings and assignments, guides discussions and collaborative activities, and assists with individual efforts. Faculty also experience first-hand some of the same writing-to-learn strategies they will employ when assigning writing to their students.
Professional Development Day
This one day, 6-hour workshop offers educators a compressed introduction to writing-to-learn concepts and implementation strategies. Lecture and discussion based, time is also provided for participants to process workshop content and share writing assignments they create in the session. In addition, faculty experience first-hand some of the same writing-to-learn strategies they will employ when assigning writing to their students. The workshop leader presents interactive and collaborative activities, guides discussions, and assists individual faculty with creating writing-to-learn assignments.
Online Module Series
Within an interactive structure that parallels the Hybrid Workshop Series, faculty are prepared to incorporate writing-to-learn pedagogy into their classes. Conducted completely online in ongoing asynchronous conversations, educators learn about and share with each other their responses to assigned readings and writing assignments they have created for their students. Faculty also experience first-hand some of the same writing-to-learn strategies they will employ when assigning writing in their classes. The workshop instructor provides a syllabus of readings and writing assignments, moderates online discussions, and offers individualized guidance to participants.