Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project

focusing the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our region’s teachers on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all students

Today, more than ever, writing is essential to success in school and the workplace, a critical component of communicating, learning, and participating in an increasingly connected and complex global society.

For over 25 years, the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project (LVWP) has been helping local teachers across all disciplines and grades improve the teaching of writing and learning in their schools and communities. A member site of the National Writing Project (NWP), LVWP provides professional development that leverages the expertise of outstanding teacher-leaders to provide participants with the most current, classroom-tested, best practices in teaching writing and literacy.

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Best Practices in Teaching Writing:
Linking Literacy and STEAM

January 30, 2016
with Keynote Speaker Troy Hicks

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Troy Hicks

Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology.

Also, Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Create, Compose, Connect! (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2014), and Connected Reading (NCTE, 2015). His edited collection, Assessing Students' Digital Writing (Teachers College Press, 2015) features the work of seven NWP teachers.

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Recharge your writing instruction with 
upcoming offerings from Penn State Lehigh Valley's 
Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy

Each 3-credit course is part of our Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy, a 15-credit post-baccalaureate program offered through the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project. Writing Project Fellows may transfer their six Summer Institute credits toward EDUC 452 and the summer elective.

teacher and student

Literacy Assessment
EDUC 425 (3 credits)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
January 14, 16, 28, 30, February 11, 13, and 18, 2016

Rethink literacy assessment in your classroom with alternative literacy measures, including portfolios and performance evaluations.

Teacher and young student

Teaching Struggling Readers and Writers
EDUC 477 (3 credits)

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
February 23 May 3, 2016 (no class 3/8 Spring Break)

Develop a toolbox of effective, research-driven strategies to help students overcome the struggles they face as they work to be literate in both the classroom and the world.

Tuition at state rate! Now's the time to register...
Contact Kathy Eck, registrar, at or 610-285-5060.

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To learn more about the many opportunities for professional development
available through the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project,
contact Doug Antonioli, LVWP Assistant Director at 610-285-5239 or

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