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 Conference:

Bridging Worlds, Bridging Literacies

Save The Date: January 28, 2017

Dr. Ernest Morrell Featuring Dr. Ernest Morrell as keynote speaker. Dr. Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has authored eight books, over 75 journal articles and book chapters, and has earned numerous commendations for his university teaching.

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Recharge your writing instruction this Fall with our Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy

Join the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project this Fall for a slate of 3-credit graduate courses, part of our 15-credit post-baccalaureate Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy, designed to afford educators deep study on all aspects of literacy instruction. Tuition offered at the state rate.

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Inspiring our Youngest Writers new
with a new course for primary grade teachers

EDUC 452 - Section 1: Teaching Writing to Grades K-2 (3 credits)
Section 1: Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., August 16 - October 18, 2016

Join LVWP Fellows April Silimperi and Tori Zuck for a new course focused on growing our youngest writers. Grounded in an understanding of how young children learn, Teaching Writing to Grades K-2 will support teachers in designing developmentally appropriate writing workshops, employing instruction which utilizes rich language and strategies to elevate primary writers.

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Empowering Student Writers
with powerful writing instruction

EDUC 452 - Section 2: Teaching Writing to Grades 3-12 (3 credits)
Section 2: Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., August 16 - October 18, 2016

Teaching Writing to Grades 3-12 is an excellent foundational course for creating and managing a writing-rich classroom. LVWP Fellow Jesse O'Neill will share research-based best practices for teaching the writing process to students in intermediate, middle, and high school, including writing in the content areas and incorporating the PA Core standards.

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Connecting Student Writers
to the World with our digital writing course

EDUC 463: Teaching with Modern Web Technologies (3 credits)
Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. October 27, 29, November 10, 12, December 1, 3, and 8, 2016

Jump-start digital composition in your classroom by exploring the intersection of writing instruction and the latest Web 2.0 tools. Join LVWP Fellow Sharon Strausser for Teaching with Modern Web Technologies, a practical approach to educational theory and practice in the digital age.

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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