Professional Development

MTWP Teacher Consultants are practicing teachers who use their skill and knowledge every day in their own classrooms. Whether they are kindergarten teachers introducing composing and writing to their students or middle school teachers helping students learn how to argue or high school teachers helping advanced students with their college admissions essays, their experience brings confidence to the PD session that the strategies or ideas presented are realistic and successful.

MTWP offers professional development in a wide variety of formats ranging from the one-day Fall Writing Conference or Saturday Seminar Series for individual professional development to extended school-based programming.  Individual teachers can also access the virtual professional development archived at MTSU’s Center for Educational Media. 

MTWP Teacher Consultants also work with schools and districts in the mid-state area at both the elementary and secondary levels. We provide full and half-day/early release workshops as well as multi-day workshops on writing instruction.  MTWP can also arrange long-term mentoring of teachers.  Our goal is to support teacher growth through collaboration with the school or district: rather than bringing a boxed or one-size fits all presentation, MTWP prefers to collaborate with the school or district in order to best meet the needs of the staff.  MTWP

Teacher Consultants have expertise in

  • creating a culture of writing in a school or classroom

  • using writing in content areas

  • implementing writers’ workshop as a framework for writing instruction

  • teaching grammar in the context of writing

  • implementing the reading/writing connection

  • planning instruction using an outcomes model

  • instruction of argument and/or informational writing

  • using student writing for common assessments

  • using formative assessment to guide instruction

  • using technology to teach writing

  • developmentally appropriate vocabulary instruction

  • many additional topics 

Contact us to discuss your school’s or district’s professional development needs. We can help provide one-day workshops or ongoing collaboratives with follow-up sessions led by our Teacher Consultants. From implementing Writers’ Workshop, Writing in the Content Areas, Preparing for Common Core, Planning instruction with an outcomes model to incorporating technology into writing instruction, we can help your teachers transform their instruction. Click here to see what your professional development dollars can purchase.