DRWP offers professional development to districts and schools. An application form can be downloaded here (Partnership).
- Partnership (8 days) – $4,000
- Per Diem Workshops
- $575/day (one topic)
- $650/day (two topics)
A professional learning partnership works to increase the effectiveness of reading and/or writing instruction in English/language arts classrooms and across the content areas. A professional learning partnership might include working with educators in the following areas:
- Basic tenants of the Smarter Balanced LEA assesments.
- Revising classroom/district assessments.
- Creating new assessments that align to CCSS and SBAC.
- Analyzing instructional needs based on trying out SBAC-aligned items.
- Aligning districts’ core writing curriculum with the CCSS.
- Creating lessons that incorporate strategies for teaching the three types of writing using mentor texts for each grade level.
- Co-developing and co-teaching writing lessons that reflect the CCSS using a collaborative coaching model (in essence, engaging in a “lesson study”).
- Creating district or school “baseline” writing assessments, with follow-up scoring sessions using primary trait scoring rubrics in narrative, opinion/argumentative, and informative writing.
- Reviewing and discussing the crosswalk between the 6+1 trait writing assessment and the CCSS for writing.
- Aligning districts’ core curriculum with the CCSS for reading by creating lessons that incorporate strategy instruction in reading.
- Developing and co-teaching reading lessons that reflect the CCSS using a collaborative coaching model.
- Developing CCSS- and SBAC-like questions to match the district’s reading selections at each grade level.
- Developing grade-level appropriate lesson plans for teaching informational texts (and locating grade-level appropriate informational texts).
- Designing a comprehensive language and early literacy program, one that explicitly teaches vocubulary, comprehension, letter names and sounds, and phonological awareness in developmentally appropriate ways.
Forming a professional learning partnership with the Delaware Reading Project or the Delaware Writing Project means that we agree to use our staff resources (appropriate Teacher Consultants and leadership staff) to meet each school’s teachers’ professional development needs with the goal of improving the students’ reading or writing performance. Schools and districts are invited to submit applications for DRWP partnerships. Each type of partnership will provide either 7 or 10 days of professional development or curriculum work. Workshops and/or faculty meetings presented by DRWP Teacher Consultants may be added to the professional learning partnership for a fee beyond the partnership fee.
Our most successful partnerships are those in which teachers want to be active participants in the partnership activities. Furthermore, our years of experience with partnerships have revealed to us the critical importance of the principals building teachers’ accountability into the agreement. In partnership schools, reading or writing is a major focus of the school’s staff development and/or improvement plan.
Schools or districts interested in forming partnerships can download a partnership application here: Partnership .
For more information or to schedule a partnership, contact Carol Vukelich (email@example.com).