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Each year droves of high school graduates enter college or the workforce unable to write as well as employers or professors expect. Writing can be one of the most difficult skills to teach, often because it is siloed and taught as a stand-alone skill, apart from quality content. 

In this interactive webinar, the co-founders of the Vermont Writing Collaborative and a 4th grade teacher share classroom-tested methods that advance student achievement by intimately connecting deep content knowledge with explicit writing frameworks. Learn what experts and the best writing teachers in America know:  that content and structured instruction work hand-in-hand.  Empower students to successfully leverage the power of great content and structure to improve their writing—paving the way for college and career success. 

Joey Hawkins

Joey Hawkins has been an educator for 30 years, teaching English and Social Studies at the Newton School in South Strafford, Vermont. Currently, Joey’s work has expanded beyond Vermont to the national level. She has worked with departments of education in many states, consulting on Common Core literacy instruction and has been instrumental in creating educational resources for teachers. As a founding member of the Vermont Writing Collaborative, she shares the commitment of her colleagues to helping all students write thoughtfully and effectively.

Diana Leddy, M.Ed.

Diana Leddy was a classroom teacher and special educator for over 25 years and was honored to have been named the Vermont State Teacher of the Year in 2009. She is a founding member of the Vermont Writing Collaborative and a co-editor of In Common, a set of annotated Common Core aligned student writing samples, K-12. Diana is currently an educational consultant and Common Core ELA implementation specialist, with a focus on supporting educators as they develop Common Core aligned curriculum and instruction in English Language Arts.

Rachel Stack

Rachel Stack is the Director of Humanities at Great Minds, where she leads the team of excellent teacher-writers who created the English Language Arts curriculum Wit & Wisdom. Rachel began her career teaching 3rd and 8th grade in New York City, then taught World and American Literature at a high school in Pittsburgh. She shares Great Minds’ belief that every child is capable of greatness.

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb is a fourth-grade language arts teacher at Beverly Gardens Elementary School in Riverside, OH. Sarah was a Teach for America corps member and has a master’s in literacy. She also teaches literacy courses for graduates and undergraduates at the University of Dayton.

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