An introductory institute on Education Northwest’s world-renowned 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment is coming soon, February 19-21, 2013, to our headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
This professional development event provides K–12 teachers with a powerful framework for communicating with students about the elements of quality writing to prepare them for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). “As districts implement the CCSS, they’re discovering a critical need to ensure students are engaged in learning opportunities that develop and strengthen their writing skills,” says Education Northwest's Kit Peixotto, who heads our initiative to keep stakeholders informed of the standards.
The CCSS outline rigorous expectations for students' writing abilities in both the K–12 English Language Arts Standards and the Grades 6–12 Standards for Literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. For the first time, teachers in all subject areas will be held responsible for increasing students’ writing proficiency.
Participants in our last 6+1 Trait institute found the emphasis on the CCSS to be valuable. “I love the new information we are getting,” said Julie Peters, a high school teacher and English department coordinator from Meade, Washington. “This [institute] has been a huge help because what is being asked of us across our whole district is to organize our instruction around the CCSS. I love Traits. I love what it does for writers—for kids. Understanding how they are aligned solidifies for me that this is the direction we need to go.”
In addition to being introduced to this popular analytic model for teaching and assessing writing, 6+1 Trait institute participants explore a range of proven teaching practices and classroom-tested resources; use rubrics to plan grade-specific instruction that aligns with the CCSS; and much more. Classroom, special education, and English language learner teachers; literacy coaches and trainers; curriculum specialists; and school and district administrators are encouraged to attend.