Leading Writing Improvement in Your School

Leading Writing Improvement in Your School2020-04-09T13:07:28+11:00

Leading Writing Improvement in Your School 

In 2019, hundreds of teachers completed Cornerstone’s popular Improving Writing Instruction Across the Curriculum course. Many were leading writing programs in their schools and while some were wildly successful, others started with a best guess and quickly stalled. This course is the result of the collective wisdom of those teachers, combined with two decades experience teaching writing and as a professional writer. With a thorough grounding in the practice, research and pedagogy of writing instruction, it will give you the leadership skills, writing tools and thinking habits to help teachers from across the curriculum believe that writing improvement is possible – in their subject.

*The course is focused on the middle leadership and pedagogical issues that often prevent writing interventions from gaining traction and not on promoting a specific intervention program.

Webinar: $330 + GST per person 

In the 5 hour NESA endorsed course Leading Writing Improvement at Your School, you will learn about;


PART ONE: Teacher talk and writing

Participants are confronted with the central fact in this course; that there is a fundamental difference between the act of writing and teaching writing. Bridging this gulf quickly will set your writing improvement program off on the right foot. You will learn about the affective, self-regulatory and cognitive understandings you need to acquire to get your writing program on track.

PART TWO: Fix assessment, fix writing

The writing classroom is like a busy airport terminal with its pilots, passengers and runways. If it’s functioning, everyone gets to their destination. If not, there are long delays. In Part two, you will learn that writing improvement is less about endless nights correcting student grammar and more about snap classroom decisions and air traffic control. Writing improvement is about seeing the runway clearly. Fix assessment and you are well on the way to fixing writing.

PART THREE: Leading Writing Improvement

Part three starts with the mindsets and dispositions needed to lead writing improvement. And that starts with acknowledging that there is a wide range of experience and expertise in the staffroom. Importantly, it will help leaders to find out where to find the language of writing improvement in ways that push teachers back into their own syllabus documents. A warning: no one ever leaves Part three thinking writing improvement belongs with the English department.

PART FOUR: Pinning the tail on the problem donkey

While lists, scaffolds, models and programs are important (even essential) to help students improve writing, they can have unintended consequences. Every teacher has had the experience of otherwise very capable students who ‘just didn’t quite get there.’ They’ve got everything they need – a donkey, a tail, a blindfold and a pin. But they continually pin the tail on the wrong place. Part four will show you why shifting the weight of instruction away from ‘correctness’ might help get the hee-haw back in the writing.

PART FIVE: Rethinking Writing Improvement

The day will end with discussion structured around five statements that will cause you to rethink the nature of writing improvement. They are designed to bear the weight of any intervention that you may choose or are already involved in. Fundamentally, writing improvement is about how you think – and what could be more deeply practical than that?

About the presenter: Brad Kelly

Brad Kelly (BA, Grad Dip. Ed, MEd) is a teacher and writer based in Wollongong, NSW. With over 15 years classroom experience, he is now a writing coach, teacher mentor and founder of Cornerstone Teacher Learning and The Pencil and Pad, a boutique writing company. Brad has written seven books and countless articles in the areas of education, finance, lifestyle, technology and more. He has presented with TTA, HTANSW, Cengage Learning and Academy Travel. Brad spends his days working with and listening to teachers from across the state and Australia to find more effective ways to teach student writing.

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