While writing and writing instruction often appear complex and mystifying to both teachers and students, decades of experience have shown us that writing is a skill that can be taught and can be learned by all. LVWP professional development programs provide opportunities for teachers at every level – from kindergarten through college – to work together to understand the full spectrum of writing development across grades and across subject areas. All LVWP offerings are rooted in the most current research on literacy instruction and the classroom-tested practices of the Teacher Consultants who serve as our instructors. Whatever your entry point – conference, in-service workshop, summer academy, or graduate course – LVWP is your professional network for sharing promising practices in teaching and learning through writing.
Penn State Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing & Literacy is a 15 credit post-baccalaureate program. Similar in design to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s range of educational endorsements, the Writing Specialist Certificate is designed to afford educators deep study in all aspects of teaching literacy.
Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certificate is designed to meet Pennsylvania’s endorsement requirement for ESL instructors by offering the complement of necessary courses taught exclusively by Penn State instructors who are National Writing Project Fellows, employing and sharing best practices from their classrooms. This program is designed for teachers who hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate and currently teach English language learners or desire an ESL teaching assignment.
Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project's Annual Best Practices Conference is a dynamic forum for area educators to learn about research and strategies for implementing writing-to-learn strategies in their classrooms. Each year, conference participants engage in interactive workshops showcasing classroom inquiry projects conducted by Writing Project Fellows. Additionally, the conference provides a regional venue for hosting nationally and internationally-known writers and teachers of writing as keynote speakers to complement the local workshops.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.