Working with classroom teachers is great. Being with them when they learn new things, inquire into their practice, and develop as professionals. I am always inspired by teachers’ thoughtfulness, curiosity, and desire to support students’ learning. The majority of my work is with English language arts, reading, and literacy teachers, though I have also worked with a range of disciplinary teachers. And while I focus on middle and high school settings, I have worked with early childhood through college teachers.
I offer professional development workshops that range from one hour to 5 days long, across a range of topics. My expertise is writing and the teaching of writing, to which I owe a debt of gratitude to the National Writing Project, especially the Heart of Texas Writing Project and the San Antonio Writing Project.
Some topics I’ve designed workshops for K-12 teachers include:
- Writing workshop
- Writing cycle, with a specific focus on revision
- Writer’s notebooks
- Nonfiction, informational, feature article writing (that’s expository in STAAR lingo)
- Disciplinary reading and writing, including writing in math
- Multimodal writing and 21st Century skills
- Writing for college, career, and life
- Picturebooks in secondary classrooms
I’ve also designed workshops for administrators, including principals, assistant principals, coaches, and curriculum specialists. These workshops ask questions like:
- What does a classroom look like when high-quality, engaging literacy instruction is happening?
- How can teachers prepare students for standardized writing assessments without teaching to the test?
- What kinds of curriculum and material support do ELA, reading, and literacy teachers need to deliver high-quality, engaging instruction?
If your team, PLC, school or district is interested in personally designed professional development, send me an email [ DrAnn at anndavid dot org ] and we can discuss the possibilities.