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UIWP Professional Development Opportunities

1. Reading/Writing Groups


Reading Group (open to teachers of Pre-K to University) 
Meets from 4pm-6pm at Pizza M/Flying Machine Coffee at 208 W. Main Street in downtown Urbana.
The next meeting will be on December 6 to talk about Marie Clay's By Different Paths to Common Outcomes. On that date, we'll pick a YA book to read for January, so bring a nomination or two with you to the meeting.   



Writing Group 
Meets from 2-4pm at Café Kopi at 109 N. Walnut Street in downtown Champaign.  The next two meetings will be Sunday, November 15 and Sunday, December 13.
 You do not have to share your writing, just come and write (lesson plans, grocery lists, stories, poems, course papers...) along side others!



2. Conferences

Saturday, April 30, 216


NCTE at 1111 W Kenyon Rd in Urbana.


Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Moje, School of Education, University of Michigan 

"Developing Disciplinary Literacy: Helping Youth Navigate the Literacies of Multiple Cultures and Domains." 

Keynote is followed by breakout sessions by experienced UIWP consultants. 


$25 registration fee

Participants will receive breakfast/coffee and 3.5 PHD. 



Questions? Email



3. On-site Professional Development

The University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP) invites teachers in your school to participate in Professional Development in Writing. Over the summer 2012, Teacher Collaborators from local school districts, Graduate Students, and a Professor from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction developed Professional Development materials in writing that are aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Our Team of Facilitators from the UIWP is prepared to offer 6 hours of Professional Development tailored to teachers in your school. Teachers in all subject matters are invited to participate. Our interactive sessions will revolve around three key components in writing for teachers in grades 6-12.

Session 1: “Locating Value(s) in the Common Core Standards for Writing” (2 hours)
The interactive session will focus on defining values in writing, creating engaging assignments, and developing rubrics. Teachers will analyze assignments, reflect on student writing samples, and create rubrics to use with students. Activities and discussions will focus on understanding underlying values in writing and linking assignments and rubrics to the Common Core.

Session 2: “Improving Student Writing through Purposeful Response”  (2 hours)
The interactive session will focus on teacher and student response.  Teachers will consider their classroom writing environments and develop focus lessons to help students read, analyze, and respond to writing. Facilitators will use videos and examples from their own teaching to analyze components of response and provide useful resources for encouraging effective teacher and student response.  

Session 3: “Engaging Students in the Revision Process” (2 hours)
The interactive session will build on earlier sessions with opportunities for teachers to bring in examples of student writing to inform teaching and assessment.  Teachers will develop focus lessons to help students read, analyze, and use teacher and student responses in their revisions. Facilitators will share videos of writing lessons and provide an array of strategies for assisting students in revising their writing.

We are available to discuss logistics such as dates, times, credit and fees. We hope you will be interested in our collaborative efforts to improve students’ writing in conjunction with the implementation of Common Core standards. For more information, please contact Sarah McCarthey at

Sarah McCarthey, Professor
Associate Head of Graduate Programs
Co-Director of the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP)

Scott Filkins
Co-Director UIWP
6-12 English Language Arts/Social Studies Coordinator, Champaign Unit #4

Ellen Dahlke
English Teacher, Centennial High School
Teacher Consultant, UIWP

Daniel Kuglich
English Teacher, Centennial High School
Teacher Consultant, UIWP

Sonia Kline
Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois
Teacher Consultant, UIWP