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Writing in PreK-3rd Grade Classrooms Storytelling, Drawing, and Writing

This four-part online professional development series includes instructional strategies behind storytelling, drawing and writing.

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This four-part online professional development series includes instructional strategies behind storytelling, drawing and writing. Learn how to guide young children to expand their story ideas from pretend play to paper with writing, drawing and dictation. We explore how drawing, dictation, and storytelling support children’s reading development as well as their understanding of concepts across the curriculum. We model how to use culturally responsive text sets to motivate and guide children’s development as writers.

Writing in PreK-3rd Grade Classrooms Series will provide:

  • Support to teachers in launching writing in the classroom and sustaining the practice across the school day
  • Focus on writing practices that support emerging to conventional writers, connect writing to reading and content areas, and addressing different types of writing for young children
  • Cycles of professional development that involve learning new instructional methods, applying them in the classroom, and documenting their impact
  • Optional additional supports include: classroom observations, one-on-one teacher coaching, facilitating grade level team meetings, family workshops, and administrator consultation
  • CPDUs for attendance (12 - 25 hours)

Goals of the series:

  • Understand the developmental continuum of storytelling, drawing, and writing
  • Analyze best instructional practices to teach writing including story dictation and dramatization, shared and interactive writing, and writing workshop
  • Plan for writing that balances teacher and child-initiated writing
  • Recognize and build teaching practices in storytelling, drawing, and writing that directly support reading development
  • Discover and critique mentor texts for cultural relevance and application to writing lessons

Session Titles, Dates & Times

Teacher Learning Labs, from 4-7pm:

  • Oral Language Foundations and Storytelling | April 7, 2022
  • Basic Skills in Writing | April 26, 2022
  • Marking Growth in Writing Through Assessments | May 10, 2022
  • Developing as a Writer with Help from Others | May 24, 2022

Administrator Learning Labs:

  • Wed April 13, 2022; 10:30-11:30am
  • Wed May 18, 2022; 10:30-11:30am


The price per participant for the entire series including administrator sessions is $600. Please add all attendees you are aware of, with individual contact information and positions for each. Inputting your organization and a Principal, Director, or Primary Administrator contact will allow us to follow up with questions or edit/add attendees at a later time.

When checking out, you will have the option to pay via credit card or purchase order. Please follow up with us if purchase order is selected.

Group pricing is available to districts and organizations planning five or more participants. Register at once and the discount should be applied when registering that amount of attendees. Please contact with any questions.


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