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Audience: K – 2nd Grade Teachers

Presenter(s): Meg Muth, Pam O’Connell and Lara Bayse

Length: 80 minutes

Level: Primary Procedural

Session Description:

Do you want to learn how to implement Step Up to Writing? Then join us for this session! Step Up to Writing is a program that provides multi-sensory strategies to help students master informational, narrative, and opinion writing. These strategies foster development of writing as a process rather than just as an end product. Participants of this session will walk away with an understanding of how to implement the colors and graphic organizers for each of the three writing genres, so they can begin to develop a strong writing foundation that will build throughout the school years and create proficient writers who understand the writing process.

Speaker Bios:

Meg Muth teaches in the marvel and magic of a first grade classroom. With her short five years of teaching six and seven year old’s, she has found a great passion to inspire young learners to become successful writers. Meg is currently pursing a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy to inspire and grow her instruction.

Teaching literacy is her passion!  Pamela O’Connell has been the Literacy Coordinator at Sagebrush Elementary in Sheridan, WY since 2001. She works daily with teachers and students implementing best practice literacy techniques. She was trained as a Step Up to Writing Trainer in 2006 and completed her masters program in Elementary Reading and Literacy in 2007. In 2012, she was trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher.  As you can see, Pam is a lifelong learner who loves sharing her knowledge.

Lara is a Kindergarten teacher who has been teaching in Sheridan for four years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Literacy Education. She is very passionate about teaching young children to read and write and use technology fluently!