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Friday, November 2, 2018
IWT Writer as Reader One-Day Workshops
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text
Among the key criteria for English/Language Arts is a focus on the close reading of texts—preparing students to read more carefully, grasp the meaning in more complex texts, and to infer meaning from what they read. IWT’s “Writer as Reader” workshops model writing practices that support close reading and Common Core standards in all subjects, and invite secondary and college teachers to consider “writing to read” as a central classroom practice, one that shows rather than tells students how writing clarifies meaning in literary, historical, and nonfiction texts. These techniques are the starting point for each workshop.

IWT workshops also invite readers to find their own ways into a text. Working with diverse writing-to-read strategies, workshop participants discover what they bring to the text, what is noticeable in the text and what is inferred, and what questions the text poses.
This year we will include sessions on novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts, and other media. As educators have come to expect, these workshops focus on putting texts into conversations with other texts, with historical events, and digital media.  The “Writer as Reader” workshops also model writing and reading activities that can focus class discussion, help students engage with difficult material, and emphasize the social character of all learning.

To register online, please visit our website: The Early Bird registration fee is $500 for individuals, $450 per person when registering as a group of 3+ teachers from a single institution. After the Early Bird deadline (August 28, 2018) fees rise to $575 and $517.50, respectively. Fees include morning coffee, lunch, and an anthology of related readings.

Register for this workshop and the September Writer as Reader for an additional 15% discount!

​​​​​​​All Bard IWT workshops are Continuing Teacher and Leader Education approved in New York State. A one-day workshop is worth 7 CTLE hours. 

For more information, call 845-752-4516, e-mail,
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Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, Multipurpose Room