Passport to New Destinations

Refresh and Rejuvenate with Best Classroom Practices

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Let OWP Guide You to Fresh Practices

Oklahoma Writing Project will host a summer professional development series designed to rejuvenate teachers after an unprecedented year in education. Sessions will only be up to one hour and full of active discussion and applicable strategies. All sessions are located on the Zoom platform. You will be able to "zoom" on over to your comfy chair as you prepare for each session. Session leaders will share with teachers quick strategies to help meet student's needs and find academic success as you think about the upcoming school year.


Sessions are held throughout the summer. One "ticket" will allow you to visit as many "destinations" as your schedule allows. These learning "excursions" will be a perfect way to spend a few minutes of your summer. The OWP network ignite your spark for teaching!


Excursion topics: Best Classroom Strategies, 6 Traits of Writing, Mentor Texts for Literacy Engagement, Writing Across the Curriculum, Providing Feedback, Motivating the Unmotivated, Writing with Special Learners


Over 20 excursions to choose from!


Any questions about OWP Professional Development Opportunities

Contact Audra Plummer OWP Co-Director of Inservice

owpcodirector@yahoo.com

405-310-8966

Excursion Opportunities (Sessions)

Sessions and Presenters are subject to change. All those registered will receive updates as needed.



Session # 18

Excursion Date: Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: Writing Across the Curriculum

Description: Want to spice up your writing activities across the curriculum? This session will give you new ideas on how to use writing in Math, Science, and Social Studies too!

Topic Band: Writing Across the Curriculum

Targeted Grade Band: Prek-2nd

Presenter(s): Patty ODonnell



Rescheduled: Session # 12

Excursion Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

Excursion Time: 2:30:00 PM

Excursion Title: Effective Feedback & Rubrics

Description: Utilizing effective feedback in your classroom, including rubric grading

Topic Band: Providing Feedback

Targeted Grade Band: 3rd-5th

Presenter(s): Carole Morris



Session # 19

Excursion Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: In and Out. Up and Down. In the Gap: Motivating Strategies that Motivate the Unmotivated

Description: The past two teaching years seem, at times, like a Dr. Suess book written just about teaching. With so much going on, it is no wonder that so many of our students, and faculty, need help to stay in the game. In this session, we will explore some proven foundations for personal, professional relationships and give some specific strategies that will help us engage (and keep engaged) those students who need us most.

Topic Band: Motivating the Unmotivated

Targeted Grade Band: All Grades

Presenter(s): Bonner Slayton




Session # 20

Excursion Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:00:00 PM

Excursion Title: Get those Pencils Dancing!!

Description: We’ll share multiple ways to use daily quick writes with in-person and virtual classrooms. We’ll also look how to use the Writing Process to organize your daily writing lessons.

Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies

Targeted Grade Band: Appropriate for multiple grades

Presenter(s): Tamee Daniel




Session # 21

Excursion Date: Monday, July 19, 2021

Excursion Time: 9:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: Jump Starting the School Year with Writing

Description: This session will give ideas on how to develop writing routines in the classroom as well as helping students develop ideas for writing.

Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies

Targeted Grade Band: All Grades

Presenter(s): Sandi Hebert




Session # 22

Excursion Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:00:00 PM

Excursion Title: Painting with Participles

Description: Improve student writing and encourage and enhance revision with this practical approach to one of Harry Noden’s “brush strokes” — participial phrases. Use manipulatives, models, and picture prompts to scaffold students through a sequence of strategies developed based on pedagogical recommendations from experts such as Don and Jenny Killgallon, Constance Weaver, and Jim Burke.

Topic Band: 6 Traits of Writing

Targeted Grade Band: 6th-8th

Presenter(s): L. Alicia Lacy-Scott




Session # 23

Excursion Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: Helping Students Discover Their Voices through Personal Narrative

Description: Every student has a voice, but not every student has been encouraged to exercise it. This presentation focuses on teaching practices that help students grow as independent writers. Using quickwrites, student-written mentor texts, videos, the recursive writing process (including peer review), young writers learn how to share their experiences through expressive writing. Participants will take part in conversations about how to identify student interests, use mentor print and nonprint mentor texts to inspire students to share their stories, and encourage students to engage in the revision and editing processes with a goal of publishing their work. Presenters will provide a collection of mentor texts and ideas for writing minilessons.

Topic Band: Motivating the Unmotivated

Targeted Grade Band: 9th-12th

Presenter(s): Michelle Waters



Previous Sessions: Some have recordings


Session # 1

Excursion Date: Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: Creating Confluence with Classroom Poetry

Description: Confluence can be defined as “an act or process of merging” or a coming together of different rivers. Sharing poetry as classroom practice can create a coming together, as poetry merges a shared literacy with authentic connection, literary analysis, and fluency in expressive writing. In this presentation, participants will learn strategies for sharing and utilizing diverse poetry that will speak to their students and the learning needs of their classrooms.

Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies

Targeted Grade Band: 5th through 12th

Presenter(s): Shelly K. Unsicker-Durham



Session # 2

Excursion Date: Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:30:00 PM

Excursion Title: Grammar Upside Down

Description: A different, interesting, engaging approach to teaching grammar

Topic Band: 6 Traits of Writing

Targeted Grade Band: 9th-12th

Presenter(s): Terry Phelps





Session # 3

Excursion Date: Friday, June 04, 2021

Excursion Time: 2:30:00 PM

Excursion Title: 6 Traits of Writing

Description: A brief lesson on utilizing the 6 traits of writing in the classroom.

Topic Band: 6 Traits of Writing

Targeted Grade Band: 3rd-5th

Presenter(s): Carole Morris





Session # 4

Excursion Date: Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:30:00 AM

Excursion Title: The Magic Sentence

Description: Exploring the cumulative sentence for description, flow and sentence fluency.

Topic Band: 6 Traits of Writing

Targeted Grade Band: 9th-12th

Presenter(s): Terry Phelps





Session # 5

Excursion Date: Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: Hooking Readers and Writers with Short Texts, Excerpts, and First Chapters

Description: This presentation focuses on teaching practices that revolve around the concept of creating independent readers and writers. Utilizing short texts, excerpts, and first chapters not only makes it easier to connect with the diverse contexts of our students, but they can serve as mirrors and windows (Bishop, 1990) for readers and writers negotiating the written word, cultures different from their own, and where they may fit in the larger world.


Participants will take part in a conversation about engaging readers and writers with new and favorite YA short texts and excerpts. Presenters will provide a collection of favorite excerpts they’ve used with students, along with ideas for minilessons. Additionally, different strategies for curating collections of short texts will be discussed.

Topic Band: Mentor Texts for Literacy Engagement

Targeted Grade Band: 6th through 12th

Presenter(s): Michelle Waters / Shelly K. Unsicker-Durham





Session # 6

Excursion Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM

Excursion Title: I've Got a Feelin--Using reading and Writing to address social emotional learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

Description: Integrating literacy instruction to meet the social and emotional needs of the learners in your early childhood classroom.

Topic Band: Writing Across the Curriculum

Targeted Grade Band: Prek-2nd

Presenter(s): Heather Pogue





Session # 7

Excursion Date: Friday, June 11, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:00:00 PM

Excursion Title: Dangling the Carrot

Description: Motivating the unmotivated waters in the classroom

Topic Band: Motivating the Unmotivated

Targeted Grade Band: 3rd-5th

Presenter(s): Carole Morris





Session # 8

Excursion Date: Friday, June 11, 2021

Excursion Time: 4:00:00 PM

Excursion Title: Engaging Reluctant Writing Using Mentor Texts

Description: Participants will explore best practices in using mentor texts to teach writing. Participants will leave the session with a rough draft of their own original poem, as well as ideas for more lessons.

Topic Band: Using mentor texts to write poetry

Targeted Grade Band: 6th-8th

Presenter(s): Shelby Blackwood





Session # 9

Excursion Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

Excursion Time: 3:00:00 PM

Excursion Title: Making Writing Compelling and Approachable in World Language Classes

Description: Often writing in the world language class, especially for novice level classes, can be scary and intimidating for both teachers and students. In this session, participants will walk away with activities that they implement immediately into their classroom to make the writing process both fun and approachable.

Topic Band: Writing Across the Curriculum

Targeted Grade Band: 6th-8th

Presenter(s): Katelin Frantz





Session # 10

Excursion Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00am

Excursion Title: Writing as a Tool for Learning: Strategies for Writer’s Notebooks and Low-Stakes Writing

Description: Ralph Fletcher wrote, “Keeping a notebook is the single best way I know to survive as a writer” (1996). I would add that it’s the single best way to survive as a learner. Creating a space for the consistent habit of writing opens up an inner landscape for students to grapple with their own thinking and to practice expressing and reflecting their own life experiences as they integrate the content of the subjects we teach. Participants will learn strategies for low-stakes writing that engage students in the learning process and take away ideas for creating their own writer’s / learner’s notebooks.

Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies

Targeted Grade Band: 4th through 12th grades

Presenter(s): Shelly K. Unsicker-Durham






Session # 11

Excursion Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:00:00 PM

Excursion Title: Fun Fraction Poetry

Description: Use poetry as a way to sum up your fraction units in Math!! This lesson can easily be modified to fit other Math and non-math lessons.

Topic Band: Writing Across the Curriculum

Targeted Grade Band: All Grades

Presenter(s): Tamee Daniel





Session # 13

Excursion Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021

Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM


Excursion Title: Jump Starting the School Year with Writing in Early Grades





Description: This session will provide literacy strategies to meet the needs of all young students - whether they are English learners, on an IEP, or gifted and everyone in between.





Topic Band: Writing with Special Learners



Targeted Grade Band: Prek-2nd


Presenter(s): Becca Grimes





Session # 14

Excursion Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

Excursion Time: 2:00 PM


Excursion Title: Discover the Magic to Spark Readers





Description: Learn strategies to excite secondary students with the LOVE of reading ; How to bring the love of books back to young adult readers





Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies



Targeted Grade Band: 6th-12th


Presenter(s): Claudia Swisher





Session # 15

Excursion Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:00:00 PM


Excursion Title: Revising for Sentence Variety





Description: Learn strategies and obtain resources for helping students analyze their writing and revise sentences for variety in length, beginnings, and structure — all of which increase the likelihood readers stay interested and move through a piece with ease.





Topic Band: 6 Traits of Writing



Targeted Grade Band: 6th-8th


Presenter(s): L. Alicia Lacy-Scott





Session # 16

Excursion Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

New Time--Excursion Time: 10:00:00 AM


Excursion Title: Writing All the Live Long Day--Adding Rigor to Curriculum Through Writing To Learn





Description: Quick strategies to assess learning through writing activities. Simple tasks that can impact student achievement in your classroom.





Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies



Targeted Grade Band: Kdg-8th


Presenter(s): Audra Plummer




Session # 17 CANCELLED

Excursion Date: Friday, June 25, 2021

Excursion Time: 1:00:00 PM


Excursion Title: Tips & Tricks for Thrilling Testing





Description: Covering beneficial graphic organizers/writing prompt breakdowns for the state writing test.





Topic Band: Best Classroom Strategies



Targeted Grade Band: 3rd-5th


Presenter(s): Carole Morris

Buy Your Ticket Now!

Your "ticket" will allow you to attend as many sessions as your summer can hold. Each session will be hosted by an Oklahoma Writing Project Teacher Consultant in Zoom. Links will be sent to you once you have registered. Each participant will be able to access all of the session's electronic resources through July.



Cost:$60 per person


Group Rate: $50 per person in groups of 5 of more/1 Administrator attends for Free!

Schools can pay with Purchase Orders


Can be invoiced in June or July depending on School Need


Registration Deadline: May 31


All participants in sessions will receive Staff Development Points to submit to districts as needed.



Reserve your ticket by entering the URL: bit.ly/PASSPORTOWP or follow the QR Code.

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"Excursion" Prizes too!!

For each excursion you attend and completed the reflection form at the end of the session--your name will be put in a drawing for prizes. Journals, Classroom Supplies, Writing Resources or Free PD for your school!

Come learn and win!

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