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Regie Routman in Residence: Transforming our Teaching Through Writing for Audience and Purpose (online only version)

Transforming Our Teaching Through Writing for Audience and Purpose is one of three offerings in the Regie Routman in Residence: Transforming Our Teaching series. For overviews of the projects, including samples of video and sessions, please visit the website!



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The Regie Routman Series
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Regie Routman's Transforming our Teaching series is designed to be a virtual companion and explicit, easy-to-use guide for principals, coaches, and teachers seeking to embed ongoing school-wide professional development focused on excellent literacy practices, classroom-based assessment, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Writing for Audience and Purpose, one of three programs in the series, includes a full year of professional development sessions–14 in all–that works with and augments any existing curriculum and resources. Each session includes a detailed agenda for facilitators and extensive video (typically 30 minutes per session) of Regie teaching in diverse, authentic classroom settings. In each video, Regie provides insightful voice-over observations and analysis. Teachers report that watching the videos gives them the practical knowledge and "big picture" of classroom teaching that one-shot professional development programs often lack.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Teach writing using a process that can be applied to any curriculum area
  • Demonstrate the process of writing and revising as a non-linear process
  • Teach students to write in any genre
  • Celebrate students' writing through public, whole-class conferences
  • Teach revision and editing so students become self-directed
  • Assess student writing and give useful feedback
  • Align best practices with the Common Core State Standards

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This online-only version of the program includes:

  • A 25-person site license for unlimited lifetime access to the Reading to Understand program resources on the Regie Routman in Residence website (password-protected)
  • More than 50 videos of Regie demonstrating her teaching techniques, complete with voice-over analysis (Windows, Mac, and iPad-compatible)
  • Complete downloadable session materials for facilitators and teachers
  • Hundreds of downloadable readings, student work samples, and handouts for participants

The online version does not include the Professional Development Notebooks. The Professional Development Notebooks, which provide essential professional reading and point-by-point analysis of the video sessions, can be purchased separately. Users of the online version of Writing For Audience & Purposes are also encouraged to purchase one copy per person (or one copy for every two teachers) of Regie's Teaching Essentials, Reading Essentials, and Writing Essentials.

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How do we help all students write well? How do we get them to willingly revise and edit? In Transforming Our Teaching Through Writing for Audience and Purpose, educators get what they need to raise students' writing achievement by improving teachers' confidence and ability to teach writing in any genre. Over the course of a year, teachers learn a process for teaching writing that can be applied to any curriculum area. They also learn how to embed the traits of writing within a meaningful framework, how to teach and assess the most important qualities for writing achievement, and how to evaluate student writing with an eye to seeing the next steps for each learner.

Transforming Our Teaching Through Writing for Audience and Purpose includes the following professional development sessions and video segments:

Session 1: Welcome to Regie Routman in Residence 
Introduces the core beliefs about teaching and learning that support this professional development program and gives an overview of the structure of the PD sessions.

Session 2: Applying an Optimal Learning Model to Your Teaching 
Participants explore a three-part model for teaching and learning that makes teaching easier, more intentional, and more joyful because it scaffolds students’ independence.

Session 3: Examining Our Beliefs About Teaching Writing for Audience and Purpose 
Participants work together to develop a set of common goals for teaching writing and learn to align well-grounded beliefs with well-grounded practices.

Session 4: Teachers as Writers 
Students' writing—and willingness to write, edit, and revise—grows by leaps and bounds when teachers authentically model the process with confidence and ease.

Session 5: Planning for Genre Writing 
Teaching students to write in any genre is more effective when we define what it is we want students to know and then plan lessons from this focal point.

Session 6: Immersing Your Students in a Genre 
Participants learn how to guide an immersion process when the class reads and discusses lots of examples in order to develop deep knowledge about the genre’s characteristics before writing.

Session 7: Demonstrating Writing 
Participants discover how to draft and revise a piece of writing in front of students so they know what to do and say when they themselves write.

Session 8: Public Content Conferences 
Participants learn the power of holding a revision conference in front of the whole class so that each student writer is celebrated while all students learn tips for clarifying the content of their writing.

Session 9: Negotiating Editing Expectations 
Learn to set rigorous, reasonable spelling, punctuation, and grammar standards with students so that they work harder to make their pieces perfect for the reader.

Session 10: Editing Conferences 

Everything in this program is about teaching for independence; here, participants learn that the only way students will learn to write better and do well on state writing tests is if we insist on self-directed editing.

Session 11: Application of Learning: A Teacher's Changing Beliefs and Practices 
In this session’s video segment, participants watch a teacher who has participated in this program, and see firsthand how it has transformed her teaching of writing.

Session 12: Changing Beliefs and Practices: A Conversation with a Student 
Participants learn that when we teach for real audiences and purposes, and we believe that all students are capable of writing with both heart and craft, the so-called struggling writers will become a thing of the past.

Session 13: Re-Examining Our Beliefs and Celebration of Learning 

Congratulations! Participants celebrate all that they have learned together and are reminded that relishing and sharing successes is vital to learning for adults and students alike.

Tools for Ongoing Writing Assessment 
Participants will examine examples of typical student writing, for grades K–5, and use these exemplars to learn how to evaluate students’ work and give feedback that raises the quality of student writing.




By utilizing Regie Routman in Residence as a professional development tool for principals and teachers, and by focusing intensely on the Optimal Learning Model, our district's literacy instruction, leadership and student learning have been transformed!

—Danica Lewis, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fond du Lac WI

The elegance of Regie's work is that it has a core of simplicity that teachers instantly recognize for its authentic quality.  It gets to the meat of what students need with great economy and power.  This is always welcome, but especially compelling in times when teachers are more taxed than usual in terms of time and workload.  It is not a quick process, but there is a slow and deep transformation underway. 

—Susan Rodriguez, Principal K-5, Beaverton OR