Collins Writing

All sessions facilitated by Dr. John Collins

Join Dr. Collins on October 19 , 2017 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Big Three: Research-Based Practices That Make the Greatest Impact on Student Achievement Grades 3 to 12.

Designed for teachers in all subject areas at grades 3 through 12, department heads, principals, supervisors, curriculum coordinators, curriculum committee members, and special educators.

Lessen the stress of curriculum demands and state testing by focusing on three best practices:

  1. The Retrieval Routine to make learning stick
  2. Ten Percent Summary to teach content and enhance literacy
  3. Compare and Contrast Grid to build higher order thinking and multi-paragraph writing skills
You will leave this high energy workshop fully prepared to plan, assign, and quickly evaluate assignments built around our three research-based practices. Participants will receive a resource package with reproducible materials to begin using the next day and to share with colleagues.


  • Learn about three school-wide practices that every teacher can implement to improve student achievement
  • Help students develop general academic vocabulary—the kind needed for success in all disciplines
  • Improve student comprehension of informational text while learning course content
  • Give quick, clear, productive feedback
  • Employ the power of frequent formative assessment and “effortful retrieval”
  • Help students organize and structure analytical, multi-paragraph essays

Date: October 19, 2017

Location: CIU #10 Centre County (60 Decibel Rd, Suite 107, State College, Pa 16801)

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (registration begins at 8:30)

Cost: $150.00 (includes lunch and materials)

Act 48 Hours: 5.5

Register Here - Deadline: October 16, 2017


Join Dr. Collins on February 1, 2018 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Coffee with Collins (Virtual Session)

This is unique opportunity to network with fellow colleagues and Dr. John Collins himself.

This intimate session will provide answers to your individualized questions regarding your implementation of the Collins Writing Program. This time will also provide you an opportunity to work collaboratively with local educators to create essential questions to present to Dr. Collins. Dr. Collins will join us virtually from his office in Massachusetts.

Date: February 1, 2018

Location: CIU #10 Centre County (60 Decibel Rd, Suite 107, State College, Pa 16801)

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (registration begins at 8:30)

Cost: $70.00 (includes breakfast)

Act 48 Hours: 3

Register Here - Deadline: January 24, 2018


Contact Information:

For information regarding the training, contact Bethann McCain, Director of Curriculum & Innovation at ( or (814-342-0884 ext. 3076)

For information regarding registration, contact Bethann McCain, Director of Curriculum & Innovation at ( or (814-342-0884 ext. 3076)

  • If you are paying by personal check, please contact Bethann McCain prior to the deadline closure, or the school district for which you are registered will be billed.
  • Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations made after the registration deadline.
  • Full registration costs will be charged to those who register but do not attend the event.
  • Registrations made after the registration deadline will incur an additional $15.00 processing fee. Costs (i.e., overnight shipping of materials) incurred by the CIU # 10 due to late registration will be charged to the registrant.
  • Cancellations can be made through your E-LRNR account by hovering over My Account, selecting View/Cancel Current Registrations, and finally selecting Cancel This Registration. Cancellations made after the deadline should be made in writing to Bethann McCain at
  • If you have special dietary needs please contact Bethann McCain ( before the event deadline, so arraignments can be made.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education's policy not only requires evaluation forms to be completed but also 100% attendance of the event for Act 48 Hours to be earned. At the start of each event, a roster will be provided for participants to sign in. Everyone attending a CIU #10-sponsored event must sign in to confirm 100% attendance. Anything less than 100% attendance (and confirmation thereof) will forfeit Act 48.