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Here’s what you need to know.

 

Welcome, everyone! I’m Angela, and this the Writing Workshop Teacher’s Guide to Multimodal Composition (K-12).

Whether you stumbled upon this course on your own or you’re joining your colleagues for this remote learning experience, allow me to welcome you by watching the quick video, above.

A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE:

  • This six-session asynchronous course will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for supporting multimodal composition face-to-face in the writing workshops you facilitate, remotely, or in hybrid learning cultures. Regardless of your students’ ages or experience levels, this course will offer content and active learning challenges that are relevant to your needs.
  • Once you register, you will have access to all six sessions, and you can move through them at your own pace. Whenever you are signed in, you will be able to access each lesson as it goes live by visiting the course home page (<–click that link right there). You will also maintain full access to this course, all of its materials, and its upgrades for the lifetime of the course.
  • Each lesson will invite you to do a bit of learning and a bit of creating.
  • By the end of this course, you will be ready to launch a multimodal writing unit using an agile framework that allows you to shift between proximal and online learning environments as needed.
  • If you choose to upgrade to optional live sessions, plan to meet weekly for an hour via Zoom at a mutually agreed-upon time. New cohorts begin the week of May 23, 2022, July 11, 2022, and August 15, 2022. They last six weeks. After you are registered, you will be asked to share your preferred cohort and availability in a follow-up survey. We will chose meeting days and times that work best for all during that six week stretch of time.
  • Everyone who registers for this course in 2022 will receive a free copy of my new book: The Writing Workshop Teacher’s Guide to Multimodal Composition. It’s available for presale now, and yours will arrive when it is released. You may choose from the grades K-5 or 6-12 version.
  • And everyone who registers for the upgraded live debriefs will have the opportunity to participate in a half-day online Studio session. Two of your students are also invited to join you, and together, we will spend a few hours making and writing together.

DO YOU Still have questions?

Check out the answers to those that are most frequently asked, below. If I can help you more, please contact me. I’ll be happy to answer any question that isn’t addressed here.

Here’s what you can expect:

Lessons Led by Angela

Each lesson is aligned to that session’s learning targets. These videos may be paused, rewound, and revisited as often as you like.

Abundant Resources

Robust multimedia resources will be offered beside a variety of protocols intended to deepen your understanding of targeted concepts and skills. Copies of Angela’s new book will also be provided to most participants (and may be ordered at an additional but bulk rate for larger groups if site licenses are purchased).

Challenges

Each lesson will conclude with an invitation to apply your leaning by building, designing, or refining your plans in ways that will serve your students well.

Optional Live Sessions

Those who purchase this upgrade may choose to participate in live sessions via Zoom each week for six weeks. These sessions are intended to help all of us learn in community with one another, share our thinking and our work, and receive meaningful feedback, if we wish. Additionally, teachers may invite two of their students to join them in Angela’s virtual Studio for a half-day session intended to inspire a bit of making, writing, and experimentation with virtual workshop structures that support multimodal composition.

Weekly Office Hours

Weekly office hours are also available for those who opt to upgrade their membership to include live debriefs.

Free Access to Planning Camp

All who are enrolled in this new course will have free access to the Planning Camp course also offered in this space.

Testimonials

“I loved the hands-on materials (extensive slide shows) as well as engaging conversation with colleagues around current practices and improving on the work we already do. Also, I so appreciate the emphasis on the current state of our world and our need as educators to have conversations and use practice that reflect cultural and racial diversity all of the time.” Lindsay Hicks, Teacher

“What were the strengths of the course? Everything!! Specifically the expertise of our instructor. I appreciated the conversations and also, the challenging thinking work required.”  Jenna Volpi, Teacher

“I appreciated the relevant content, Angela’s accessibility and flexibility, the ease of use (platform) and the conversations it has sparked within my district.”  Christine O’Connor, Teacher

“There are so many things I appreciated about this course, but to cut it down to a few…1) The format: I loved that I could watch the video, but that the slideshow was provided to allow us to use links for articles and videos and then debrief. 2) The debriefs themselves. The conversations were amazing and inspiring. 3) The shared slide decks to see the work and thoughts of others–even those that were not in the debriefs that I attended. 4) That you offered 4 different times to debrief! That was very much appreciated, especially with the crazy schedules that we had! You not only discussed good practices for distance learning, but you modeled it with your course as well.” Kathy Leary, Teacher

“I appreciated the opportunities to read about the power structures behind writing instruction, the ability to put ourselves in the shoes of our learners are we built before we wrote, and the access to videos of Angela teaching and modeling make writing. Also, I found the explicit directions on how to incorporate multi-modal forms of writing in our current curriculum to be extremely helpful and easy to share with colleagues.” Rachel Witmer, Teacher

“The course is realistic and flexible. It would help high school teachers see that we should not give up on encouraging more creative work out of our students.” Michelle O’Donnell, Teacher

Plans and Pricing:

Individual: Self-Paced Course

$100

For individuals who register independent of their school systems.

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Individual Upgrade: Add Live Sessions

$150

Six live sessions hosted weekly beginning the week of May 23, 2022 OR July 11, 2022 OR August 15, 2022

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Site License: Self-Paced Course

$2000

Open the course to your entire faculty and staff, so they may access asynchronously.

This option is best for groups of 25 or more. If you would like to discuss pricing options for a smaller group, please contact me.

All participants will have access to:

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Site License Upgrade: Add Live Sessions

$4000

Wrap up to 18 hours of live meetups and/or coaching support around the digital course. Dates TBD by organization.

This option is best for groups of 25 or more. If you would like to discuss pricing options for smaller groups, please contact me.

All participants will have:

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

When does this course begin?

If you are participating with other members of your organization, check with your administrators or contact Angela to clarify your schedule. This will also be shared at your welcome meeting.

If you wish to join a facilitated cohort independent of your organization, a new cohorts are  forming. The first group will begin meeting the week of May 15, 2022. The second group will begin meeting the week of July 11, 2022. The final summer group will begin meeting the week of August 15, 2022. You’ll share the cohort of your choice and your availability during the six-week stretch of time spanning your course by email after you register.

May I earn professional development credit for completing this course?

Yes, with the approval of your administrator. This course requires twenty clock hours. Contact Angela to learn more and arrange to obtain a certificate of completion. In most cases, evidence of knowledge application will be necessary to verify that learning was completed.

Do you accept purchase orders?

Yes. Please contact Angela to arrange for this.

What is the difference between a site license and an individual registration?

A site license provides access to your organization’s entire staff, while an individual registration is for one person.

What is the difference between the asynchronous course option and the upgrade?

The asynchronous option includes six learning sessions that may be completed anytime and anywhere. They do not require any level of interactivity, and Angela does not engage with users.

The upgraded course option includes the six self-paced learning sessions as well as additional live, interactive discussions facilitated by Angela. Here, users may debrief their thinking and learning and seek feedback on their work.

What if I am unhappy with this course?

You have 15 days from the point of purchase to request a full refund. After this time, refunds are not available.

Will you share my contact information?

Never.

How am I expected to engage in this space?

If you are participating in the self-paced course, there is no option or expectation for engagement.

If you are participating in facilitated sessions, please arrive on time for our scheduled meetings, contribute to our learning, and support other group members by pushing their thinking in ways that encourage and elevate our conversations.

 

What are the technology requirements for this course?

You must have a device that allows you to consume digital course content, and if you intend to participate in our interactive meetings, you must have a device with a camera and microphone in order to fully participate.

What technical skills do I need to have to complete this course?

You must be able to:

  • use a browser to find the course;
  • establish a username and password upon registration;
  • navigate through and between web pages;
  • play YouTube videos;
  • open links to access documents;
  • have a basic understanding of Zoom, the teleconferencing tool we will use for live meetings.

Should I have read Angela's books in order to participate?

This isn’t necessary.

What prerequisite knowledge should I have, prior to beginning this course?

An awareness of best practices for writing instruction is useful.

Where may I find an overview of the course?

This is a snapshot: Short Course Overview

This is a more detailed plan: Full Course Overview

Know that if you are enrolling as a district or school participant, the content for the course remains the same, but your pacing and live session options will be customized, based on the needs and interests of your staff.