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The ability to write well is a key to success in many professional, social, community, and civic activities. Therefore, it is essential that all students receive effective instruction and support to develop their writing skills beginning in the early grades. This workshop illustrates how to use research-based practices to teach elementary school students how to use the writing process to become effective writers.

About This Course

This workshop is part of a new series of content collections - Pepper Online Workshops (POW) – focusing on the hottest topics that educators are dealing with across the country.  These have been developed in partnership  with WestEd using some of the resources from their Doing What Works project. These workshops feature amazing videos, interactive planning tools, and other research-based materials.

High-quality writing instruction teaches students to work through the steps of the writing process, including editing and revision; and creates an engaged community of writers by allowing students the opportunity to choose their own topics, interact with each other's writing and be recognized as authors. By building the skills that make effective writers, teachers provide students with the tools to communicate their ideas, express their feelings, and engage with diverse audiences. 

The focus of this workshop is on teaching students to use the steps of the writing process. This workshop illustrates how to use research-based practices to teach elementary school students to become effective writers. 


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WestEd, a nationally recognized nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults. WestEd provides a wide range of resources for K-12 educators to use in their classrooms. 

Lori Larsen

Lori Larsen has more than 20 years experience in the education environment. Her experience includes classroom teaching, grant implementation, district level administration, and professional development facilitation. Lori has provided professional development for teachers throughout the United States and Canada. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in K-8 Education from Marshall University and a Master’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Furman University. She has made presentations at local, state, and national conferences highlighting the use of technology as an instructional tool and integrating technology into the curriculum. Lori has a passion for working with teachers and providing support to help teachers engage students and enhance classroom instruction.

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Course Code: POW319
Course Release: Jun 15, 2017
Estimated Effort: 1:00

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