Lake Washington Literacy Council



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Past President Jodie Toresdahl  N/A
President Phoebe Pascoe N/A
President Elect Libby Bruner Wilder
Treasurer Megan Goodwin Redmond El
Public Relation/Newsletter Jessie Sterling Mead
Secretary Jeanette Siemers Parks
Honor Council Anna Jaross McAuliffe
Membership Shannon Leonard Mann
General Board Jennifer Mackler Parks
General Board Danielle Knapman

2014-2015 Events

Professional Development and Pizza

When: Thursday, November 6th

Time: 4:30-7:30

Where: Mann Elementary, 17001 NE 104th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Join us for a night of learning and pizza! The event is free for Lake Washington Literacy Council Members on November 6th from 4:30-7:30 at Mann Elementary. Once you’ve joined the council, there’s no need to sign up for this free event! If you’d like to join us, please become a member at: You can also fill out the attached paper membership form and give it to your building rep. We will be raffling off gift cards and our book club books during dinner. Below you’ll find a description of the sessions that will be offered. We look forward to seeing you there!



Conferring with Writers (4-8)- Led by Carolyn Kaiser
Can conferring help me meet the needs of my diverse group of writers?  Often teachers want to have those beautiful conferring moments but managing a large number of writers with varying degrees of stamina and behaviors can be a challenge! Some of us know the feeling of scheduling students for conferences over the course of a week and only getting to a small portion of writers. In this session, we will explore some practical ideas to conferring with writers, managing your week, and finding an approach that you can sustain!


Infographics (6-8)- Led by Bethany Shoda and Joanna Guiler

Are you looking for creative, alternate assessments? Do you want to engage students in authentic digital learning? Infographics provide visual demonstrations of student understanding on any number of topics to help them be successful in a Technology-Driven World.


Intro to Writing Workshop (K-2)- Led by Anna  Jaross

This session will dive into getting a solid Writing Workshop up and running in your K-2 classroom. We will touch on the underlying philosophy of a “Workshop Approach”, structures that support Writing Workshop such as 4-6 week long units, mini-lesson structure, conferring, record keeping, mentor texts and tips on how to keep Writing Workshop alive and strong!


Introduction to Writing Workshop (3-5)- Led by Megan Goodwin

Interested in implementing a Writer’s Workshop model as a way to teach process writing? In this session, we will look at possible ways to structure your time for writing instruction, developing a year-long curricular calendar, ideas for implementing and expanding upon Wonders genre-based writing, and ideas for creating and gathering mini-lessons to teach the writing process across the three domains (Informational, Opinion, and Narrative writing). This session will be best for upper elementary teachers who have had limited experience with a Writer’s Workshop model, as well as for those who would like to share their expertise.


Opinion Writing (K-2)- Led by Danielle Knapman
Are you in need of resources and Writers’ Workshop Units of Study to help you teach opinion writing to our youngest writers?  In this session we will share K-2 Units of Study focused on Persuasive Letter Writing and Book Reviews that have been created based upon the CCSS.  We will also look through Lucy Calkin’s new Opinion Writing: Writing Reviews. Daily mini-lessons, charts and examples of student writing will be shared!  “Even six-year-olds can learn that if they work hard to make their writing sensible, persuasive, and supported by facts, their writing can actually effect changes in the world.”


Informational Writing (K-2)- Led by Angie Angel

Are you looking for ways to extend your Informational Writing Unit, or strategies to use with some of your lowest writers to access this genre of writing? In this session we will look over many different resources to help you design a cohesive Unit of Study to meet all your writer’s needs. We will look at ways to help your writers meet the CCSS as well as become lifelong writers.


Words Their Way Developmental Spelling and Word Study (K-2)- Led by Tammi Liberda

This session will dive into getting a solid sort-based word study up and running in your K-2 classroom. Words Their Way is a foundational program that helps students develop those foundational skills targeted in the Common Core State Standards. We will touch on the underlying philosophy of “Word Sorts”, structures that support Word Sorts, and materials needed to get started.


Words Their Way (3-5)- Led by Melora Rouse and Kristin Sigel

Are you interested in starting Words Their Way in your literacy program, but just don’t know how to get started? In this session, we will give some practical ideas on how to get you started, along with making a game from a Syllables and Affixes sort. We will also provide some other freebies that you can take back to your classroom and use right away with any spelling program.



Developing Researchers Using Wonders Research Weeks (K-5)- Led by Eileen Barnes

Now, more than ever before, students need to start developing research skills early in their lives in order to thrive in school, the workplace and personally. They need to develop “the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand,” (National Forum for Information Literacy, 2014). While Wonders curriculum offers ‘research weeks,’ it often leaves teachers with little guidance on how to develop the research skills that allow students to succeed. Participants will learn about relevant research theory and how the five steps of research apply at different grade levels. After a review of tools and resources, participants will view examples of research projects from various Wonders units and start planning projects they can use in their classrooms using the five steps of research.


Mentor Texts in Your Literacy Block (4-8)- Led by Carolyn Kaiser

How can mentor texts help inspire and grow my students as readers and writers?  Explore the power in using mentor texts as a vehicle to help students notice and mimic professional writers.  For part of our time, we will consider the possibilities of using mentor texts to support your students’ understanding of the power, the importance, of conventions used well.


Falling in Love with Close Reading (K-5)- Marissa Anarde and Char Wavra

Spend the evening with presenters Marissa Anarde and Char Wavra learning practical strategies for teaching the skills of deep analytical reading that fosters comprehension, reflection, and learning.


Engaging Primary Readers (K-2)- Led by Anna Jaross

This session is intended to provide a blueprint on how to create a literacy environment that promotes independent, joyful readers.  How do you “hook” your K-2 students into becoming life-long readers?  It starts now, and you have the power to inspire!


Daily 5 (K-2)- Led by Tricia Vigna, Leann Norton, and Molly Nelson

Are you looking for a literacy structure that allows you to meet with all your students individually or in small groups?  The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently while making it possible for teachers to meet with students. Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy. This framework adapts flawlessly with Wonders curriculum. We will provide information to help you get started in your classroom today!


Daily 5 (3-5)- Led by Melora Rouse and Kristin Sigel

Are you looking for a fun way to get in all those amazing literacy activities, meet the CCSS, and still use our existing Wonders Curriculum? This session on “The Daily Five” will help you get started or might just help you add some ideas to the existing routines in your classroom. We teach 3rd grade and have used the daily 5 in grades 3-4 for the last 4 years.