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Summer Writing Institutes

Professional Development for Middle and High School Humanities Teachers

Learn how to engage your students in challenging writing and support them in using writing to understand complex text and ideas.

WriteBoston's workshops are designed for middle and high school teachers of English, social studies, ESL, special education, and humanities.

Download the 2016 Flyer.

Questions? Contact jessie.gerson@boston.gov or 617-541-2664.







Please note: these are Summer 2016 workshops. A 2017 schedule has not been posted.





Moving Beyond "It's Too Hard!": Engaging All Students with Complex Text & Ideas

July 11-12, 2016 │ 9-3pm @ Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury, MA 02119
$260 │14 PDPs

This dynamic two-day institute will explore classroom-ready strategies for deepening student engagement with complex text and ideas. Teachers will walk away with low-prep, high impact strategies for supporting all students, especially those reading below grade-level. The first day of the workshop will focus on engaging strategies for using writing and discussion to access complex text such as “Somebody/Wanted/But/So” and “The Most Important Word;” the second day will provide a deep dive into questioning and conferring strategies to push student thinking.


Open to middle and high school teachers of English, social studies, ESL, special education, and humanities who have not already received this training as part of their in-school PD with WriteBoston.







Writing is Thinking: Real Writing Across the Curriculum
A reboot of our popular "Effective Writing in the Humanities" Summer Institute.

July 13-15, 2016 │9-3pm @ Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury, MA 02119
$360 │21 PDPs

This three-day workshop provides teachers with a powerful overview of the writing process. Each day will include significant planning and work time as teachers workshop and develop lessons for the upcoming school year. Each day will focus on a part of the classroom writing process:

- Designing and Assessing Powerful Writing Assignments: Creating and assessing writing assignments that engage students’ interest and align with the Common Core State Standards.

- Scaffolding that Supports Deep Thinking and Strong Writing…And is Intended to Disappear: Strategies for identifying student need, and pairing students with the right level of scaffolding. A special focus on ELL students and students reading below grade level.

- Feedback, Revision, and Mechanics! Powerful teaching strategies to increase student buy-in during the revision process. This session focuses on high impact instructional practices around mechanics, editing, and proofreading.

Open to all middle and high school teachers of English, social studies, ESL, special education, and humanities who have not previously taken professional development trainings with WriteBoston.







What Teachers have said about WriteBoston Institutes

"I enjoyed the clearly designed lessons. Each day addressed a new topic that could be applied to a wide range of classroom contexts. I also very much enjoyed the cross-fertilization of ideas from other teachers. My peers were very instrumental in helping me to see a problem in a different way."

"It went beyond my expectations. I wasn't fully convinced at first that we'd be dealing so directly with the Common Core. My school hasn't focused much on the CC - so this aspect of the institute was very helpful."

"I appreciate the practicality, the applicability of the course. I feel validated but also rejuvenated."

"I very much enjoyed the opportunity to discuss writing with colleagues and other teachers, and I am taking away concrete strategies as ongoing issues that I will continue thinking about."

"I loved the atmosphere of respect and honesty and knowledge from all of the facilitators and my teacher colleagues."

"I actually implemented my unit plan almost exactly as I planned it out for the Writing in the Humanities course. This is probably a first in the history of me writing unit plans for professional development courses. I think this really speaks to the quality of the class and you as teachers of teachers -- thank you!"

"By far best PD class I have attended in my career. Clear, concise ideas, and very structured."