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Wisconsin Writers Association
Calling all High School Juniors and Seniors! Enter and win cash prizes!
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I am wondering if any districts have participated in the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling(LETRS) by Voyager Sopris. It is an intense (1-2 year) professional development for teachers in all areas of literacy and the strategies can be used to support any curriculum resources.
LETRS was recently featured in the APM audio documentary by Emily Hanford called Hard Words: Why aren't kids being taught to read?
I am wondering about the most efficient and cost-effective ways to incorporate this training and any insights on what grade level to target first if we do a multi-year role out. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Does anyone know where I can find research on using the "Beanie Baby" to support Word-Solving Actions for K-2 students? We have created some common language and posters, but teachers are saying that students had more transfer when they had the animal(flippy dolphin to flip the vowel sound, etc.) to help them remember the strategy. When we developed out district posters, we were really focusing on students using the three questions to check their word-solving and building a common language around word-solving. I would love to gather more research on what is best practice either for, against, or indifferent to using animal posters to support these early reading behaviors.

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You Don't want to miss this! UW-Oshkosh Children's Literature Conference. November 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
UW Oshkosh | Sage Hall 1210

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Dear Educators,

I am excited to share that we will be having a 2-Day Co-Teaching Workshop at CESA 7. It can be a wonderful structure to use to meet the needs of all of your students. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Co-Teaching: the Power of Two (2 day workshop- October 3rd and 30th from 8:30-3:00)

This professional development workshop series will allow participants to build skills needed to create and run effective, collaborative and inclusive co-taught classrooms.

It will begin by developing teachers' skills in the understanding of inclusion and the implementation of the different Co-Teaching Models, as laid out and used by Dr. Marilyn Friend and Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld. Teachers will be provided with tools to build and support ongoing collaboration, communication, and co-planning. Teachers will learn how to use the different co-teaching structures to meet the diverse needs of their students. There will be time to look at individual situations and how the co-teaching models can be used and/or adapted to fit the specific logistics of each school.

It would be ideal for teachers who will be co-teaching together to both be in attendance.

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From the editor of the Wisconsin English Journal:
Colleagues-----Wisconsin English Journal is seeking middle school and high school teachers to review submissions. Reviewers serve the important function of sharing their expertise and knowledge of the profession, which consequently shapes the journal's scope and focus. Consequently, the journal reflects the needs of readers in both practical and theoretical areas of the field.

When reviewing a manuscript, you will be asked to think about your own professional and personal values as you review a manuscript, as well as how and whether other professionals in the field--your colleagues--will have their needs met as teacher-scholars by the text.

Every article that comes in must be read by two reviewers and one editorial board member. I do my best to assign them based on interest and experience in the subject. I also like to receive the reviewers’ critiques within four weeks if possible.

For an idea about the publication itself, you can find current and past issues at If you'd like to review, complete the attached reviewer profile form and return it to the editor, John Pruitt, at

Looking forward to hearing from you! And don't forget to like our Facebook page at

Dr. John Pruitt, Associate Professor of English
University of Wisconsin-Rock County || 2909 Kellogg Avenue || Janesville, WI 53546 || 608 758 6565 x730

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#WiWrites welcomes high school senior, Rita Holden! She shares her writing process by drafting and revising a poem, and provides a glimpse into the importance of rhythm, along with strategic use of rhyme and imagery. Watch as she writes and then reads a powerful piece! Don't forget to check out her interview video as well.

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From the WI Literacy Research Symposium organizers:
Spend two days with well-known literacy researchers! Hear about cutting-edge research on writing instruction and consider how to make it practical in your classroom, school, or district! Interact with other participants and with presenters to reflect, share, and learn together. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on both days and digital access to materials provided by speakers.
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