Upcoming Events


Please click the titles below to register for these amazing professional development opportunities.  For further directions on how to register, see the instructional document below the course descriptions.  Print out course descriptions to display and share with your colleagues.  

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Digital Writing Classrooms

(Grades K – 12)                                                 

When: Wednesday, June 15 /  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: UMSL south campus / Villa 155

In the ever-changing landscape of the digital world, teachers are often directed to use digital resources with little time or training to learn how to use them effectively in the classroom.  Many web based resources, including Google tools, are popular because they are powerful and easily integrated. This workshop focuses on how to use Google tools, such as Classroom, Drive and Docs along with many other free, web based resources to collaborate with students and transform writing in the classroom. Participants will learn how to take current units and design them with technology in mind to teach students how to organize themselves, access resources, and collaborate in a digital world. (Limited to 25 participants)


$150.00 per person (REGISTER BY JUNE 1, 2016 TO RECEIVE A $25 DISCOUNT)       

**Optional online follow-up during school year for additional fee

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Conventions and Craft: Investigating the Rules and the Power of Language (Grades 4 – 12)
When: Wednesday, June 22 /  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: UMSL south campus / Villa 155

Teaching language conventions (particularly grammar and punctuation) is an integral part of a writing program, but it can be a lead balloon that weighs down an otherwise engaging and creative classroom.   If learning language conventions becomes an act of discovery alongside other investigations of writing craft, students will not only readily engage in the learning, but also deeply understand the workings of our language.  In this workshop, teachers will engage in lessons to teach grammar and punctuation, learn key principles for effective convention lessons, and create their own lesson to address a common problem in their classroom.  In addition, teachers will be guided to create a systematic plan for effectively incorporating convention and craft lessons into their writing program.  (Limited to 25 participants)

$150.00 per person (REGISTER BY JUNE 1, 2016 TO RECEIVE A $25 DISCOUNT!)

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Engaging Young Readers and Writers in Content Study

(Grades 3 – 6)
When: Tuesday, June 28 & Wednesday, June 29 / 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Where: UMSL south campus / EdCollabitat (WEB 101)

All too often, learning is segmented into discreet subjects, and untested subjects like social studies are minimized or not taught at all.  The most powerful learning experiences engage students in multiple acts of literacy situated within meaningful contexts.  This workshop will allow teachers to participate in content studies rich with opportunities for to read, write, speak, and listen.  In addition to learning how to create integrated units, participants will also learn ways to engage students in critical thinking and problem-solving. (Limited to 20 participants)

$300.00 per person (REGISTER BY JUNE 1, 2016 TO RECEIVE A $50 DISCOUNT!)

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Authentic Tasks, Authentic Voices:  Growing Writers Who Effectively Inform and Argue (Grades 6 -12)
When: Monday, July 18 & Tuesday, July 19 / 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: UMSL south campus / E. Desmond Lee Technology & Learning Center (TLC – Boeing Auditorium)

Often, critical assessments at the district, state, or national level lead teachers to assign writing tasks that fit into certain molds, teaching expository or argumentative skills only through narrow forms.  Engaging students in a wide variety of writing tasks for various purposes and audiences will not only prepare students for real world writing but also help them build skills necessary for required informative and argumentative writing assessments.  In this workshop, teachers will engage in authentic writing tasks and skill lessons that prepare students for effective informative and argumentative writing.   In addition, teachers will be guided to develop a scope and sequence of tasks and lessons that fit the expectations of their district curriculum.  (Limited to 20 participants)

$300.00 per person (REGISTER BY JUNE 1, 2016 TO RECEIVE A $50 DISCOUNT!)

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View registration instructions for GWP Summer PD Series

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Gateway Writing Project Summer Institute 2016

Are you looking for a rich opportunity to grow as a writer and as a teacher of writing?  We are confident that participation in the Summer Institute of 2016 will become a pivotal experience in your professional life.  Read more information in our Academic Programs tab or download our flyer.

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Student Writing Opportunity

The Gateway Writing Project is getting on board with NaNoWriMo to engage students in writing "camps" in April and July.  You can participate in one or more of the following ways that best fit your spring schedule.

  • Have your students sign-up with Camp NaNoWriMo to set a project goal and track progress.
  • Provide in-class writing time for students to work towards their writing goal in a unit, assignment, or freewriting.
  • Encourage students to attend the write-ins and celebrations in July (flyer attached) at Grant's View Library with other students from the St. Louis area.
  • Attend the write-ins and work on your own writing project.

Thanks for sharing this opportunity with your students!