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Participants can attend the The First Annual D.E.I. Writing Institute

for 1-6 workshops. 

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  • Workshop #1- Reworking the Writing Workshop: Taking What Works and Making it More Efficient, Effective and Exciting
  • Workshop #2- Raising the Quality of Narrative Writing in Your Classrooms: New Narrative Mentor Texts for Your Writing Workshop Classroom
  • Workshop #3- Your Ideas Matter but So Do The Facts: Teaching Opinion Writing  
  • Workshop #4- Bringing Nonfiction to Life:  New Nonfiction Mentor Texts for Your Writing Workshop Classroom
  • Workshop #5- Writing Literary Nonfiction: Using Hybrid Texts to Teach Students how to Write Quality Narrative AND Informational Pieces
  • Workshop #6- Test Writing as Genre: How to Apply What the Students Already Know

Fees for the Institute

1 workshop: $75

2 workshops: $140

3 workshops: $200

4 workshops: $255

5 workshops: $305

6 workshops/ both days: $350

For specific workshop descriptions as well as facilitators, please download the entire registration brochure

Additional information about times, locations, and registration procedures can also be found on the registration brochure. 


Online Courses Summer Semester 2013
June 30th - August 18th

All online courses can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 in-service professional development credits.  3 credit in-service courses constitute of 8 assignments/45 hours. If you are interested in taking a particular course for 1 or 2 credits, less assignments/time is required. 

All assignments are due by the end date of the course. 



Participants choose when THEY want to complete their assignments.  Work at a pace that fits your schedule. 


Cost for in-service online course- $250 per course.  In-service courses can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 in-service credits at $90 a credit. Payment for online courses is expected within 1 week of when registration confirmation email is received. Without payment, in full, your spot can not be guaranteed. 



To promote discourse and collaboration amongst colleagues, when two or more colleagues register for the same seminar or in-service online course, they will EACH receive a 10% reduction in the cost of their tuition.

Additionally, any ONE person who registers for more than one course or one course and a seminar in a given semester will be given 10% reduction in the cost of their entire tuition for that given semester. 


To receive colleague discount, please list names of colleagues registering with you when you send in your payment. 

Discount will NOT be applied if names are not mentioned with payment.  


NEW COURSE!  (096) Linking Literacy with 21st Century Technology With the rapidly increasing use of technology at home, teachers sometimes feel they can’t reach their students with print resources anymore. Given the opportunity, students can effectively use overhead projectors, computers, websites, interactive programs, and more to allow them to have meaningful independent and group practice in reading, writing, and word study. Technology can bring literacy to life in the classroom while addressing new Common Core Standards at the same time. This course will support teachers with the integration of curriculum and the Internet to promote student literacy. Using websites, articles, and computer programs, students will explore 21st century technology and how to implement it into their current literacy program.


NEW COURSE!  (097) Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writer’s Craft- Writing Course Within our writing curriculum, we are all looking for engaging and meaningful ways to help our students become better authors.  One way to help improve our students’ writing is to teach them to use literary devices as they start to revise their pieces of work.  Whether it’s developing imagery or personification, the use of similes or flashback, adding writer’s craft can help our students’ writing come to life and be richer and deeper for the reader.  This course will look at ways to use picture books to teach the various literary devices in a way that fosters the idea that real authors make for the best mentors.  We will discuss over  30 types of literary devices that students can use in their writing, the best authors and picture book titles to use with each literary device and ways that you better manage your time within writing workshop.  We will utilize Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices by Susan Hall for insight and discussion topics.   A great course to take with a colleague!


NEW COURSE!  (098)  Making the Most of Writer’s Workshop:  Conferring and Assessment  Keeping the Common Core in Mind Are your students producing pieces of writing that are not where you would like them to be?  What can we, as teachers, do to empower them to try new techniques and work more effectively at the strategies we have already taught them?  How do we help our students in Writing Workshop to lift the level of their writing on a daily basis?  This course will review the importance of conferring with writers, focusing on helping the writer versus the individual piece of writing.  Participants will explore the main components that every writing conference should have as well as key questions at specific stages of the writing process as well as what to look for in idea development, genre knowledge, organization of text, authors craft, word choice, voice, conventions and presentation in student work as they work and at after work has been published.  Participants will use the Common Core Standards to guide their thinking as they create various assessments for their students' writing pieces.  A great course to take with a colleague!


NEW COURSE!  (099) Meeting the Common Core Standards:  Writing Engaging Nonfiction in Grades 2-8 (3 credits) Writing nonfiction helps students to build their knowledge of the natural and social world, understand those worlds more fully and share their expertise with an audience.  Giving students the opportunity to write nonfiction allows students to ask questions and learn about their interests.  Teaching nonfiction in an engaging and effective way is critical as this type of text provides the key to success in later schooling as well as on high-stakes tests.  This course will discuss the need for nonfiction writing in our classrooms as well as the best ways to present nonfiction writing strategies that make sense to our students as well as excite them.  As stated in the common core standards, minilessons will be developed to teach students how to, “introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section” along with many others to show students how to write informative/explanatory texts.  A great course to take with a colleague!


NEW COURSE!  (100) What They Need First: Grammar and the Common Core (3 or 4 credit course) Many times when we venture into our writing workshop we come armed with an arsenal of writing strategies that will help our students’ writing to be beautifully crafted, engaging to the reader and jump off the page.  Yet, we find that many students, who still lack the basic writing skills, can never truly master the higher level writing techniques because they are burdened with the task of not understanding how to craft a simple sentence with correct syntax, grammar, punctuation and capitalization.  This course will allow teachers to go back to basics and teach the foundations of writing within the workshop model, a structure and philosophy that has always been successful.  Using mentor texts to show the power and importance of using correct syntax, grammar, punctuation and capitalization, students will have models to guide them to becoming more proficient writers.  A great course to take with a colleague!


(101) Awesome Authors: Using Author Studies in Your Classroom Getting to know our favorite authors can motivate our students to read more while helping them to become better writers.  This course will help participants to help their students get to know the best authors of children’s literature through the use of their well-crafted texts, interactive internet sites and biographical information.  Through the creation of numerous lesson plans, exciting read alouds and internet activities, students will delve into the lives of our best authors.  Participants will also learn how to integrate the work of these authors into their existing ELA and even content area curriculum to manage their teaching time even more effectively. 

(102) Test Prep that Makes Sense- Reading Course While we are all faced with standardized tests and therefore, test preparation, there is a way to prep students for these tests without it being overbearing for students or taking tremendous time out of your everyday curriculum.  This course will explore ways in which test preparation can be taught in a facilitative manner within a workshop model.  Teaching students skills that are useful for all tests will be more meaningful for them and a lot more manageable for teachers.  Looking at how we can dissect the tests and view them as just another part of our curriculum will enable our students to feel empowered and a lot less stressed!  Teachers will find this method of test preparation a lot more effective and less time consuming allowing us to continue to teach our important curriculum while we better prepare our students for standardized tests.  We will utilize A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests: Knowledge is Power by Lucy Calkins, Donna Santman, Beverly Falk, and Kate Montgomery for insight and discussion topics. This course in more suited for teachers of grades 2 and above.  A great course to take with a colleague!

(103) Reading Detectives:  Using Mysteries in Your Classroom- Reading Course Reading mysteries allows our students to delve into another world where they take on the role of the crime solver, track clues, interview suspects, and ultimately discover who the culprit is! Mysteries teach students to read to figure out, not find out and allows us to teach close, interpretive reading of a text.  This type of active reading is crucial in developing comprehension as well as lifelong readers.  Participants will discover and create specific minilessons to teach within this genre, look at the best read alouds to accompany this unit, and discuss the importance of strategy reading.  We will also look at various activities to accompany this unit, which is sure to excite and engage even the most resistant readers!  This course in more suited for teachers of grades 3 and above. A great course to take with a colleague!

(104) Linking Math and Literature  For some students (and teachers . . .) math can get monotonous day after day.  As hard as they try, math textbooks rarely engage our students and often confuses them before the concept is even taught! Using picture books, poems and other forms of literature is an exciting way to introduce new mathematical concepts, solidify learned ones and review what has already been taught.  It also allows your students to see the practical uses of math in their everyday life and allows them some time away from the textbook allowing them to see that there are many ways to learn something.  There are more and more pieces of literature being written and websites being created, some specifically for teachers and students that demonstrate the connection between math and literature.  This course will ask participants to explore books and authors that focus on teaching math, create intriguing lessons, games and writing activities using these books and look at different ways to assess our students’ understanding of mathematical concepts beyond the typical “test”.  We will also discuss the importance of connecting literacy in all that we do in our classroom. 

(105)Writing Extraordinary Fiction- A Common Core Unit of Study- When we look at our students’ writer’s notebooks to see their “stories” or watch them choose books from our classroom libraries, they usually write more and read more fiction.   Yet teaching our students to write fiction is one of the most difficult and daunting tasks regardless of the grade you teach or how many years you’ve been teaching.  This course will help any teacher to conquer the fear of teaching our students how to write fictional stories.  We will explore the main elements of any successful piece of fiction:  deep character development, meaningful setting, strong voice, conflict, small details that play a big role and “The End”.  Participants will create a month-long unit of study which they can incorporate into any aged classroom.  We will also discuss assessment, the best mentor texts to use, including student exemplars, and the best way to help your students become storytellers.  We will utilize Live Writing by Ralph Fletcher and a portion of The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing by Sharon Davis and Judy Davis for insight and discussion topics.  A great course to take with a colleague!

(106) PowerPoint Shows to WOW Students and Parents in Your Class: K-12

This course will help participants to use Microsoft PowerPoint as an instructional tool when teaching ELA, the content areas, character education or communicating with parents.  Using PowerPoint in your classroom will help students to be more focused, stay engaged in the material being taught, and have access to the sights and sounds of a truly exciting ELA, math, science, social studies or health curriculum along with many other areas of study.  Participants will also utilize PowerPoint to keep parents informed throughout the year.  Participants will create numerous  PowerPoint shows which connect to their own individualized curriculum.  They will also discover various websites which can be used to enhance their “shows”.   A basic level of PowerPoint knowledge is required for this course.

(107) Poetry that Engages and Enlightens- A Common Core Unit of Study- Poetry can be an incredibly powerful way to facilitate real reading and writing.  This course will focus on how to teach poetry in a way that is accessible and exciting for all students.  Creating minilessons, participants will see, first hand, how to implement a study of poetry within a writer’s workshop.  Topics included will be how to hook students into poetry from the beginning of the year, great mentor texts to accompany a poetry unit, classroom management and classroom activities to accompany your unit.  We will utilize Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher for insight and discussion topics. This course in more suited for teachers of grades 2 and above.   A great course to take with a colleague!

(108) Hooked on Books- Connecting Literature with the Content Areas   Using picture books and trade books are an amazing way to engage students when teaching them in the content areas. Whether it is using the books to build background knowledge for an upcoming unit or creating games and activities to supplement your content, literature is always an exciting and fun way to hook your students in math, science and social studies. Additionally, utilizing picture books and trade books to link the content areas with the world of literacy allows students to see the importance of reading and writing in all areas of subject matter.  Participants will learn which books/authors best connect to content area material, create intriguing lessons using these books, and understand the importance of connecting literacy in all that we do in our classroom.  We will utilize Subjects Matter by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman for insight and discussion topics. This course in more suited for teachers of grades K and above.

(109) Exploring Reading Partnerships- Reading Course Having students engage in reading partnerships allows them to truly deepen their comprehension of books while also allowing them to express their own ideas and opinions on a variety of topics.  As students talk about books, they become more confident speakers, more willing to take risks, and learn how to be responsible and accountable for their work.  This course will delve into the many benefits of reading partnerships, ways in which you form partnerships in a Reader’s Workshop and how to successfully manage partnerships. You will also have the opportunity to create numerous minilessons you could use when teaching reading partnerships.  We will utilize The Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins for insight and discussion topics.  A great course to take with a colleague!

(110) Teaching Character Education Through Picture Books Character education is one of the most important things we can teach our students to help them truly become active members of our classroom communities.  Learning cannot take place if students do not feel safe and respected.  This course will explore the idea of using literature to teach the important lessons of character education.  Using a variety of genres, participants will engage in creating meaningful character education lessons that will allow students to engage in a discussion about what it means to be a tolerant, respectful, and fair person.  Using literature allows us to teach character education while also emphasizing the important lessons we teach in our writing workshops about what makes for good writing.  We will a professional text (title undecided) for insight and discussion topics. 



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Distinctive Educator's Institute
40 Oakland Avenue

Port Jefferson Station , NY 11776

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