From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Students Grades 4 - 12

New Orleans, Louisiana
Monday, October 12, 2015

From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Students Grades 4 - 12
Monday, October 12, 2015 8:00 AM -
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Two Poydras St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States

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This lively, two-day, practical and interactive session will energize teachers and teacher leaders as they learn ways to improve the writing skills of their students and their own writing. Practice with each of the major strategies will empower participants to implement much of what is learned immediately in their classrooms.

This hands-on writing session will strengthen any writing program and is most appropriate for educators in grades 4-12. Complete details are available online at

Day 1
William Van Cleave will guide participants through an overview of the current research on writing, focusing particular attention on the multiple demands it places on working memory. Next, participants will spend significant time working with the parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing.  Participants will learn about the components of good lessons and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers.  William is the author of Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students of All Ages.

Day 2
William will focus on the writing process. Participants will work with the fundamentals, including idea generation, and basic and expanded paragraphs. They will use William's templates to guide instruction in each of the major writing genres:  narrative, opinion/argument, and informative. Strategies will be included for helping students pull information from source text and incorporate it into their own work.

William Van Cleave
William Van Cleave, M.A., is in private practice as an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression. A nationally recognized speaker, he has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country since 1995.  In 2004 William published the first edition of Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where To Find It, an Orton-Gillingham based reference guide. Now in its fourth edition, this manual serves tutors and teachers of struggling readers and spellers around the country.  In the spring of 2012, William completed Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students of All Ages. Schools in the public and private arenas have adopted his methodology, and both one-on-one tutors and classroom teachers use his writing approach.  Recently, he has been part of the professional development component of a S.I.G. Grant with a charter school for last chance students in Oklahoma City.  There, he has trained, observed, and mentored faculty; model instructed; and designed and implemented curricula. During his career William has tutored; taught literature, writing, and math; and held several administrative posts. He received his B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from The College of Wooster and earned his M.A. in English from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz.


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