The WriteSteps Commitment to Teacher Support
We believe that a well-supported teacher is more likely to develop new practices and sustain them over time. That's why we have made professional development a top priority. We offer:
- grade-level coaching that is tailored to meet the needs of each school as well as each group of teachers
- large group topic-specific PD sessions
- two School Success PD Packages
What are the School Success Packages?
These are PD packages which will support teachers in implementing and using the various WriteSteps platforms. They can be purchased individually or together.
What happens during small group coaching?
The WriteSteps coach meets with teachers in grade-level groups (on-site or virtually) for about an hour each during the school day. The school provides coverage for classes during these grade-level meetings or schedules them during the teachers' planning time. If the coaching is on-site, it must be for a full day.
The WriteSteps coach leads teachers in activities that translate to immediate classroom results.
What happens during large group, topic-specific PD?
The WriteSteps coach presents an inter-active, large group PD session. Some sessions are appropriate for full groups. Some are more effective when delivered separately to lower and upper grade level groups. These sessions can only be presented on-site and in whole day segments. "Mix and Match" the sessions to create full days of PD.
How many days?
A variety of possibilities:
- 1 day early in the year to help everyone get started
- 1 day mid year to deal with specific needs
- 3 or more days in a school year (fall, winter, spring)
- 1 day a month to help everyone stay on track and perfect their instructional techniques
What does Professional Development cost?
Virtual Coaching = $1000/day
On-site Coaching or Large Group PD = $2400/day
Additional consecutive on-site days = $2000/each
What is PD On-Demand?
PD On-demand is a set of videos that can be viewed individually, in PLCs, or in a staff meeting. Once purchased, the videos can be watched at any time by anyone who registered for their eWriteSteps subscription using your school's access code.
The running time of each video is about hour or a little more. However, there are opportunities to reflect and/or turn and talk with colleagues, so the time needed will vary. A set of handouts can be downloaded for use by participants.
In addition to the PDs we have listed and described above, we are always willing to "custom build" a PD that fits your needs exactly. We can design opportunities for in-depth, on-site professional learning experiences that would:
- address specific needs
- provide an opportunity to interact at length and over time
- allow consultants observe, provides feedback, and create a plan for continuing professional learning
How can I order WriteSteps Professional Development?
Click here for the order form.
WriteSteps Coaching Director Arlynn King
If you have questions, contact our coaching director, Arlynn King.