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Join Me at #UNHLit16 This Summer!

Hello everyone!

I’m writing this brief post to let you know that I will be teaching a week-long class (July 18-22) this summer at the NH Literacy Institutes on the UNH campus in Durham, NH. For those of you who haven’t yet had the amazing experience of participating in this summer institute, it is a fantastic way to gain professional learning hours while also earning graduate credits.

The particular course I will be teaching is called Process, Product, & Pedagogy: Toward an Authentic Writing Curriculum, and the description is below:

How can we develop a K-6 writing curriculum that is authentic, engaging, and effective—but also flexible enough to honor the different needs and interests of our students? What can we learn from our most beloved writers and illustrators—as well as from our own experiences as writers—that will help sustain the energy and the knowledge we need to develop this kind of curriculum, year after year after year? Throughout this week-long course, we will reflect on our experiences, play with composing, question pervasive practices, and envision new possibilities for teaching our student writers. In addition, we will laugh and support one another in taking “healthy risks” as we:

Explore how to balance the teaching of “products,” or genres, with the teaching of writing processes;

Use what our students “notice” and “wonder” about authors and texts to build an authentic writing curriculum; and

Consider how to tie the numerous aspects of writing workshop into a cohesive whole.

If you work in a district or school that mandates a particular writing curriculum or program, we will also workshop ways to subtly subvert these mandates (shhh) so that we may more effectively honor the needs and interests of our students.

Room and board is available for out-of -towners, and as a *special bonus*, I will offer a fantastic list of recreational recommendations that will ensure a great week on the NH Seacoast…tourist traps be damned!

You can find the full brochure for the NH Literacy Institutes here. Hope you can join me this July–and please share this post with your colleagues via email, Facebook, and/or Twitter!

Me with my friend and co-founder of the NH Literacy Institutes, Tom Newkirk


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Sydney Coppola, future NH Literacy Institutes participant

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