Hearts and Minds on the Page: Engaging and Purposeful Writing Instruction



Writing instruction should be engaging and purposeful, and also teach students the skills and strategies they need in order to clearly and coherently put their hearts and minds onto the page.

In this 1-hour PD webinar, well-known writing expert Leah Mermelstein will introduce an instructional model that teachers can use when planning and implementing their writing instruction. Participants will learn about the three instructional strands, the three types of corresponding instructional sessions, and the three levels of practice within this model. Participants will also learn about the ways in which this model is informed by Pearson and Gallagher’s gradual release of responsibility model and the science of reading research. Finally, participants will be introduced to different ways to organize their weekly writing instruction and learn the different steps they can use to more effectively plan, implement and reflect upon their writing lessons.

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About the Presenter

Leah Mermelstein is a well-known expert and author on the teaching of writing, reading, and language development. Her upcoming book,"We-Do" Writing: Maximizing Practice to Develop Independent Writers will be available May 2021. Leah is a sought-after keynote speaker at national conferences, admired for her close study of students’ writing and reading development. As a literacy consultant, she works closely with school districts, teachers, and students, helping develop and deliver quality and cohesive literacy instruction. She holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Reform and aspires to ground all of her work in creating equitable access to children and families. She lives in New Jersey.