About the Long Island Writing Project
"Teachers Teaching Teachers."
The Long Island Writing Project (LIWP) works to improve the teaching of writing and reading across grade level and discipline. As one of 200 sites of the National Writing Project, we are part of the premiere research-based, teacher-led professional development organization in the country. We believe that good education starts with effective teachers, and our workshops build on the knowledge and expertise that teachers already bring to the classroom. We believe that all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, country or language of origin, sexual orientation, or resources of their school district, deserve an education that welcomes them into a community of readers, writers and learners and enables them to develop to their full capacity.
Sample Workshop Titles
- From Brainstorming to Final Draft: The Journey of Writing In this series, teachers look at ways to guide students in effectively generating the range of writing required to succeed in school and beyond, with an eye towards helping them establish control of different genres. Teachers will look at effective ways to structure writing tasks for students. Shared reading, writing to learn activities, memoir writing, writing groups, active listening techniques, and revision strategies will be addressed.
- An Uncommon Approach to the Common Core How do you make your approach to teaching and learning “Common Core?” How do you rethink favorite lessons to ensure that you are in line with the new standards? What are some ways to effectively teach argument writing, as well as informational and narrative writing? How do you encourage greater student independence when teaching a difficult text? Participants will address these issues, as well as create meaningful units of study.Reading and Writing Non-fiction Beginning by asking teachers to consider what it means to think like a historian, a scientist, a mathematician, and in other disciplines, the foundation is laid for students as writers of non-fiction themselves. This workshop series guides K-12 teachers in exploring how their students can use low-stakes writing approaches as tools for understanding non-fiction. This series can include a segment on how to teach, not just assign, research papers, including how to handle on-line sources.
- Recent Adolescent Fiction Middle and high school teachers are often looking for great new adolescent fiction for their classes, whether as whole-class texts, in small groups, or as independent reading. Nancy Atwell's work with independent reading and Harvey Daniels' work with reading groups provide some of the theoretical underpinning for this series as we collaborate on effective approaches for using fiction with our students
- .Poetry Matters: Teaching and Writing Poetry, K-12 This series takes teachers on a journey through poetry: writing, reading, understanding and using the genre in your classroom, whether your students are just gaining literacy skills or are in your A.P. literature course. Through writing workshop, the course leaders will help participants experience innovative techniques and ideas first hand. The course will be student-centered and creative but will also address the presence and challenge of poetry in standards-based teaching and testing
- . An Inquiry Into Race and Schooling on Long Island One area of consideration that arises in teaching on Long Island is that of what it means to work in one of the most racially segregated areas in the country. Are there approaches that are particularly effective in situations where the teaching staff is primarily white and the students are primarily minority? Theoretical underpinnings for this workshop include work by Linda Christensen, Jonathan Kozol, and Alfred Tatum.
- Writing in the Early Elementary Grades
The Long Island Writing Project looks forward to working with teachers in a two-hour, half-day, after school series, weekend series, or week-long summer format. Introductory workshops for any of the above series are available. For further information and details about pricing, please contact Darshna Katwala, Director, Long Island Writing Project, at email@example.com, or 516-572-7464 extension 25373.
Darshna Katwala is an associate professor and teaches in the Reading and Basic Education Department at Nassau Community College. She serves as the site Director of Long Island Writing Project. Darshna is a faculty leader committed to encouraging lifelong reading and writing with a special interest in multi-cultural studies and social justice issues. She has co-facilitated Summer Invitationals, directed and coordinated the writing retreat for teens, presented at local and national conferences, and facilitated workshops in area school districts across Long Island.
Heidi Atlas has been the Co-Director of the Long Island Writing Project since its inception, when Toby Bird began the LIWP at Nassau Community College in 1993. Heidi originally was a New York City Writing Project member, and credits her work with the Writing Project as transforming her teaching, as well as her life. She has taught middle and high school English, and is currently teaching writing classes at Nassau Community College as an adjunct professor.
During her tenure as Co-Director, Heidi has facilitated numerous K – college workshops and courses, and has co-led several Invitational Summer Institutes. Heidi has presented at many local and national conferences. She received a grant to conduct a Race Inquiry Group in the Baldwin School District, and worked with fellow teachers and administrators over a 3-year period. She also participated in the “Literacy in the Common Core” Initiative, sponsored by the National Writing Project, which brought together Writing Project people from 3 different states to examine the standards and create modules.
Kathleen (Kathy) Neagle Sokolowski credits the Long Island Writing Project with inspiring her to stay in the classroom after a rocky first year of teaching in 2002. The LIWP has become a professional home and Kathy has loved getting to know so many thoughtful, passionate teachers through her experiences facilitating Summer Invitational Institutes and workshops. She is thrilled to join Darshna and Heidi as a new Co-Director for the Long Island Writing Project.
Kathy is currently a third grade teacher in Farmingdale and has taught 6th grade, kindergarten, and self-contained special education. In addition to her work with the LIWP, Kathy is a co-author of The Two Writing Teachers blog and publishes posts several times a month related to teaching writing. A self-confessed Twitter addict, Kathy enjoys tweeting @MrsSokolowski and her third graders tweet @Learningin215. She has her own blog couragedoesnotroar.blogspot.com and believes blogging to be life-changing! (Try it!) When she's not teaching, tweeting, blogging, orVoxing, she's busy being a married mom to two young children, Alex and Megan.