6+1 Trait® Writing Institute: Improving Student Writing for All Learners

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Join us June 16-17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon

We know how much teachers care about helping all their students reach their potential as writers. Our new introduction to 6+1 Trait Writing addresses one of the greatest challenges teachers face today: how to scaffold rigorous instruction so that all students in your classroom—including English language learners, students with special needs, and gifted and talented students—become stronger, more confident writers.

In this institute, we introduce new strategies for teaching students to write stronger sentences, paragraphs, and essays. We emphasize the integration of reading and writing and model specific approaches for motivating reluctant writers. During the institute, participants will:

  • Expand their knowledge of how to apply the 6+1 Trait Writing model systematically and effectively in their classrooms
  • Explore the needs of student writers of all ability levels, including special populations such as English language learners, students with special needs, and gifted and talented students
  • Take home scaffolding strategies and tools that apply the 6+1 Trait Writing model and other research-based practices to improve student writing

Our 6+1 Trait Writing institute series is one of the premier professional development opportunities for educators in the country. Hosted by the organization that created the innovative and proven 6+1 Trait Writing model, this institute provides the training and tools to improve the way you teach and assess student writing. This institute is designed for educators in any grade level or subject area (including special education or English language learner classrooms); literacy coaches or trainers; curriculum specialists; and/or school or district administrators.

Our institute creates a supportive environment in which teachers learn to communicate more effectively with diverse student writers about the elements of quality writing. In addition to learning to evaluate student writing across all seven traits of effective writing, participants receive support in creating detailed, grade-specific, trait-writing instruction that aligns with the rigorous college and career readiness standards. They’ll also enjoy the support and insights of fellow participants as they explore proven teaching practices and classroom-tested resources.

Signing Up Is Easy, and the Registration Fees Are Affordable

Registration for the two-day session is $695 and includes all materials, supplies, breakfast, and lunch during the institute.

Early Bird Special: Sign up before April 26, 2020 to receive a $50 early bird discount. Discounted registration fee is $645.

Bring your whole team! If you bring four or more team members from the same school or district, we will provide one free registration. Contact Mark Workman directly to learn more about how to receive this discount.

Location and Lodging

The institute will take place at the Education Northwest office located at:

101 SW Main, Suite 500
Portland, Oregon 97204

Education Northwest is located in the heart of downtown Portland. Most central city hotels are within walking distance of Education Northwest. If you need assistance finding lodging, please contact Mark Workman.

If You Can't Make This Institute. . .

We can come to your district or school to provide a workshop covering the same material. Contact Mark Workman, 503.275.9572, for more information and with any questions about our institutes and workshops.