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Getting Started with Writing Workshop: Supporting the Implementation of the Units of Study
Presented by: Havilah Jespersen
Date(s):
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Red Deer Public School Board Office 4747 53 Street, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

This introductory session will support Grades 3-6 teachers in adopting a workshop approach to their writing instruction, using the Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and colleagues. In this hands-on, interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • the structure of a writing workshop

  • materials and routines for launching a workshop with young writers

  • efficient ways to plan and deliver minilessons

  • conferring and small group work to differentiate for student needs

  • assessment in a writing workshop and the developmental pathways of young writers

  • how the resources are organized and tips for using them effectively


Please bring one of the grade level kits in the Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing if you have access to one.

About the Presenter(s):
Havilah Jespersen

Havilah Jespersen completed her masters degree in the Literacy Specialist Program directed by Lucy Calkins at Teachers College, Columbia University. While attending graduate school, she interned with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a think tank in literacy education. Since returning to Alberta, Havilah has worked as a literacy coach and consultant, supporting schools with the implementation of reading and writing workshops. Havilah is the coauthor of Readers Have Big Jobs to Do, and Word Detectives, two of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading. She also co-authored three of the Units of Study in Phonics.

A classroom teacher at heart, Havilah has taught in K-6 classrooms in Edmonton and China as well as worked as a Reading Recovery teacher. In her role as a consultant, she continues to get into classrooms as often as possible, and is an advocate for hands-on professional learning rooted in the everyday life of classrooms.

Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: December 09, 2019
Cost: $75.00
Focus(es): Literacy, Early Learning
Grade Level(s): 3-6
Audience: Teachers