Welcome, everyone! I’m Angela, and this is Make Writing: Supporting Multimodal Composition Up Close and Across the Distance.
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.
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.
Each lesson is aligned to that session’s learning targets. These videos may be paused, rewound, and revisited as often as you like.
Robust multimedia resources will be offered beside a variety of protocols intended to deepen your understanding of targeted concepts and skills.
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.
Those who purchase this upgrade may choose to participate in one of three live sessions via Zoom each week. 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.
“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
For individuals who register independent of their school systems.
Six live sessions hosted weekly, beginning the week of March 15, 2021
Open the course to your entire faculty and staff, so they may access asynchronously.
Wrap up to 18 hours of live meetups and/or coaching support around the digital course.
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 group is forming, and our first live session will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time during the week of March 15, 2021. You’ll be asked about your availability on week prior to our start.
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 an entire building 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. If you are registering independently of your school system, our first round of live sessions begins the week of March 15, 2021. Invite to follow, one week prior to our start. You may begin the course at any time prior to our first meetup. Please try to complete the first session by then.
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?
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:
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.