Registrations are now open for the YWP Digital Writing Practicum lI for 2013/14 schools year. Complete form to get started.
This two-credit yearlong course is a follow-up to DWP I and allows teachers to go more deeply into student engagement, digital collaboration and multimedia. This course will also look at developing assessment models. Participants will choose an independent project to work on that will result in their students presenting their work to an external audience. Teachers will learn the latest techniques in developing lasting collaboration within their schools, use of multimedia -- sound, images and video -- to enhance learning and development of audience. to help teachers understand the more complex elements of the YWP platform, including polling, slide shows, and a variety of other features not presented in DWP I. Syllabus and instructors' bios will be posted soon. Read more »
Registrations are now open for the YWP Digital Writing Practicum l for 2013/14 schools year. Complete this form to get started.
This is an immersive course that is aimed to help teachers in all curricula integrate a true digital classroom -- a private space where students easily interact, share ideas and work and do exercises and assignments -- into their work. Emphasis will be on the writing process, use of multi-media and finding audience for student work. Themes will be community building, critical thinking, digital literacy, writing skills building, personalized instruction, achieving standards.
Course instructors are YWP Teacher Coaches who have considerable experience in the classroom and in using digital classrooms.
IMPORTANT: This course begins with two 6-hour foundation days on August 12 & 13 which will help you learn the platform (YWP Schools Project digital classrooms), set up your classrooms and create exercises to start the year. A make-up day for this -- Saturday Sept. 7 -- will be considered if enough interested teachers cannot make the August time, but we highly recommend the Aug. 12 and 13 option. Read more »
YOUNG WRITERS PROJECT
Professional Development Programs 2013/14
Young Writers Project is a Vermont nonprofit with extensive experience helping students improve their writing and teachers deepen student engagement and performance across curricula. An independent study in 2010 (a more extensive two-year study is underway) showed that students using the YWP digital classroom platform with teachers in YWP professional development programs gained confidence in writing, worked harder and gained respect for their classmates. Many teachers tell us that their students engage more deeply and perform better because of regular writing in the YWP digital classroom spaces. They also say that YWP’s model of ongoing coaching and support is a professional development system that works. Read more »
Young Writers Project is accepting a limited number of school partnerships in the 2013/14 school year. This will include a FREE YWP digital classroom platform set-up and technical support. If you have used the site in the past, you will be able to continue with YWP's latest version of the platform which will be ready Aug. 1. Your old site will be available for several months to retrieve your material via the 'Porfolio View' for cutting and pasting into the new site.
YWP can offer very inexpensive, ongoing professional support from our Teacher Coaches. For more info, go to: http://ywpschools.net/sp13.14info If you have any interest in any of these programs, please fill out the form below:
Course registrations begin May 2013..
To be considered for the YWP Schools Project, call Geoffrey Gevalt at 802-324-9537 or complete the inquiry form below. Or both.
YWP Schools Project is a comprehensive, cross-curriculum digital writing and teacher mentoring program created by Young Writers Project, a Vermont nonprofit dedicated to helping students improve their writing. YWP partners with teachers and schools in Vermont, parts of New Hampshire and several pilots across the globe. TO SAMPLE HOW THE CLASSROOMS LOOK AND WORK, login as demo with password of demo.
"I cannot put in words just how amazing it is to see students, regardless of their ability or disability, communicating under the common goal of working together to grow as writers." -- 5/6 grade home room teacher
"The site has helped me get to know my students better; that allows me to be more effective as a teacher." -- 7/8 science teacher