Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Continuing to RISE: The Writing Revolution

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To connect the science of reading to writing, DESE is excited to partner with a team from The Writing Revolution for a synchronous course called Advancing Thinking Through Writing I for ELA and Social Studies teachers in grades 3-12. This course introduces participants to the Hochman method, an explicit set of sequenced strategies for teaching expository writing that can be integrated into any content. There will be 5 cohorts of training from October of 2021 through January of 2022. There are a limited number of spots available, and priority will be given to districts receiving coordinated, directed, or intensive support.

Those interested in participating should read this one-pager before signing up; it describes the professional development opportunity and the requirements for those who attend. Districts interested in participating should assemble a team of ELA and/or social studies teachers in grades 3-12 and at least one administrator or specialist; specialists could include but is not limited to instructional facilitators, gifted and talented specialists, content area leaders, and special education advisors. An administrator could include but is not limited to a principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator or program administrator. 

To indicate interest in participation, please complete this form by September 9, 2021 and indicate the number of participants requested for your district. After the deadline has passed, we will communicate the number of spots remaining that we can offer and next steps. 

If there are questions, email Sandy Shepard, RISE Regional Specialist, at 

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