Seattle Course #22-Writing Foundations

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Friday- March 9, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #22 -Writing Foundations: Preparing Students to be Successful Writers

by Anita L. Archer, PhD, Consultant, Author- Portland, OR

About the Speaker
Anita L. Archer, PhD, serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of ten Outstanding Educator awards. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Dr. Mary Gleason including REWARDS, REWARDS Plus, REWARDS Writing (Sopris) and Skills for School Success (Curriculum Associates). In addition, Dr. Archer was the senior author of Phonics for Reading (Curriculum Associates). Most recently, Dr. Archer wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Dr. Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, having presented in every state over the course of her 40-year career. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Archer is the owner of Anita L. Archer PhD, Inc, an educational consulting firm located in Portland, OR. She receives royalties from Voyager/ Sopris Learning, LLC, Curriculum Associates, and Guilford Publications for her publications. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Private Tutors, Principals/Administrators, and Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Course Description:  Writing is a complex skill dependent on underlying foundation skills including: a) legible and fluent handwriting and keyboarding; b) accurate and fluent spelling; c) conventions including grammar, punctuation, and capitalization; and, d) formation of complete sentences. In this training, Dr. Archer will share the research concerning each of these areas and instructional procedures that can be easily implemented in elementary and intervention classes. An emphasis will be placed on various procedures for strengthening the quality of sentences, the foundation of all written products.

 What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Adequately explain the supportive research for effective writing intervention

• Adequately describe effective instructional procedures for teaching legible and fluent handwriting and keyboarding skills

• Adequately describe effective instructional procedures for teaching accurate and fluent spelling skills

• Adequately describe effective instructional procedures for teaching grammar, punctuation and capitalization

• Adequately describe effective instructional procedures for teaching formation of complete sentences

• Adequately describe procedures for scaffolding the writing of paragraphs

• Demonstrate the ability to apply writing foundation skills in a classroom lesson plan