Building a Culture of Writing: Strategies for Implementing a Student-Focused Writing Curriculum

60 Minutes

After a year of distance, writing this school year is more important than ever! Whether your students are writing to meet state standards or to connect to their texts, writing has the unique power to bring togetherness. In this edWebinar, we will help you seize this moment to build a culture of writing in your schools.

In this session, hear from district leaders on the importance of the reading and writing connection in cultivating a writing culture, evaluating your writing curriculum, and setting learning goals. They also share manageable strategies to plan for back to school, including implementing a writing curriculum, customizing the curriculum to meet your students’ needs, and establishing a strong teacher/administrator partnership for student success.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers, school and district leaders, coaches, curriculum coordinators, developers, and directors, technology coordinators and directors, and ELA department heads.

About the Presenters

Valerie Bolling has been an educator for 28 years and is currently an instructional coach for Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich, Connecticut and is on the faculty at Westport Writers’ Workshop in Westport, Connecticut. When she’s not collaborating with teachers, she writes picture books. Her debut picture book, LET’S DANCE!, was published in March 2020 and won SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award in 2021. She has two books scheduled for release in 2022 (TOGETHER WE RIDE and CITY FUN), five more slated for 2023, and one for 2024. Valerie and her husband live in Stamford, Connecticut and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, going to the theater, and dancing. Learn more about Valerie on her website.

Brittany Kosumsuriya is currently serving as the secondary English language arts facilitator for Grand Prairie ISD. She served as a secondary English language arts district strategist for three years and prior to that, was a freshman English teacher at South Grand Prairie 9th Grade Center where she taught advanced English I, English I inclusion, and English I. Brittany graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communication. She then completed a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies for higher education at UTA. As a district leader, Brittany has presented on various pedagogical topics such as blended learning, small group instruction, effective planning in PLCs, using data to drive instruction, and various ELA content topics.