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Unstoppable Teaching: Strategies for Making Writing Irresistible

Presented By M. Colleen Cruz

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Webinar Dates:

Two, 75-minute webinar sessions from 6:00pm–7:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants the following day.


In this two part series, M. Colleen Cruz will offer a variety of ways to bring new energy to the end of your school year and help you prepare for the beginning of next year. Using a variety of kid culture and media favorites such as Pixar shorts, Pharrell Williams music, and even commercials, Colleen will demonstrate ways to tackle two writing topics commonly described as dull or hard to teach: grammar and writing about reading.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore various media options, learn specific strategies for teaching difficult skills and concepts, and take away tips for finding and mining their own engaging kid culture materials for transformative writing instruction.

While this series is designed to complement the work of her book Unstoppable Writing Teacher, it is appropriate for both participants who are familiar with the title and those who have not yet read it.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:

Session 1: Unstoppable Teaching: Delving into Grammar

In this first session, Colleen will demonstrate ways to bring new energy to your grammar instruction through popular media with an emphasis on narrative. She will take participants through several ways short animated films, commercials, movie trailers and other video clips can be studied and utilized to teach tricky grammar and conventions practices such as paragraphing, noun-verb agreement and tense usage. Participants will leave this webinar with ideas for titles, video clips appropriate for classroom use, as well as specific ideas and activities for next day teaching. Participants are encouraged to attend the webinar with student work samples on hand to refer to, as well as tricky grammar concepts they would like addressed.

Session 2: Unstoppable Teaching: Making Writing About Reading Irresistible

In this second session, Colleen will continue to build on the conversation started in the previous session, looking at ways a variety of media tools can help teachers tackle hard-to-teach writing skills. This webinar will focus on ways songs and music videos can be powerful texts for teaching students how to write about reading enthusiastically and well. Participants will see how using students' natural understanding of music interpretation can be transferred into the reading and responding to of poetry, short story and even informational texts. Challenging writing about reading concepts such as developing-building a theory, gathering text details, and comparing and contrasting will be discussed. Participants will leave with new insights and strategies for helping students to bring new depth and purpose to their writing about reading.


In addition to being the author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, M. Colleen Cruz is the author of several other titles for teachers, including Independent Writing and A Quick Guide to Helping Struggling Writers, as well as the author of the young adult novel Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Finalist. Colleen was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she is Senior Lead Staff Developer. Colleen presently supports schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.

Who should participate?

Teachers grades K-8, special education teachers, school and district administrators, literacy coaches, principals, curriculum and instructional leaders.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $99.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $89.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. This includes a certificate of attendance for .2 CEU credits equivalent to 2 class participation hours. Tuition includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for 90 days from the date of purchase.


There is no book requirement; however, it is highly recommended that participants have a copy of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher. If you do not own a copy you may purchase one online: The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 1 week prior to the start date with a link to the platform WebEx directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/09/2017-05/23/2017 - Starts May 9, 2017- 6:00-7:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 05/09/2017 - 05/23/2017* Where: Online

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