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Combining Writing and Social-Emotional Learning to Help Students Express Themselves

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Combining Writing and Social-Emotional Learning to Help Students Express Themselves

Presented by Patty McGee, M.Ed., Author and Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education Company; and Leah Mermelstein, Author and Literacy Consultant, Read-Write-Connect, INC.

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Learn new ways to provide effective writing instruction and practice that will also help students with their social-emotional development. Authors Leah Mermelstein and Patty McGee explain strategies and techniques that will engage K-6 students in improving their written communication skills, building understanding and compassion, and processing the impact of recent events.

This research-based edWebinars enable educators to combine key types of instructional strands, practice sessions, and levels of support so students can improve their writing and social-emotional skills in a positive and meaningful way. Viewers will learn how to:

  • Progress from instruction to shared practice, guided group work, and independent application
  • Provide feedback that helps students clarify their thoughts and feelings while improving their written expression
  • Develop the self-management and social-awareness skills students need in order to communicate and respond to others
  • Integrate interactive writing, write-alouds, and the writing process with social-emotional learning

This recorded edWebinar will share proven techniques and tips that work well with elementary and middle school students, so it will be of interest to literacy, ELA, and SEL directors and specialists, as well as principals, instructional coaches, teachers, and other educators who support students’ literacy and social-emotional development.


Patty McGeeAbout the Presenters

Patty McGee, M.Ed. is a New Jersey-based author, educator and literacy leader who envisions learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power. Patty has received the Milken Educator Award (2020) and is the author of The 7 Essentials of Writer’s Workshop.


Leah MermelsteinLeah Mermelstein is a well-known expert and author on the teaching of writing, reading, and language development. She is a sought-after keynote speaker at national conferences, admired for her close study of students’ writing and reading development. As a literacy consultant, Leah works closely with school districts, teachers, and students, helping develop and deliver quality and cohesive literacy instruction. She holds a master’s degree in cultural diversity and curriculum reform and aspires to ground all of her work in creating equitable access to children and families. Leah has written numerous books on the teaching of reading and writing and the connection between the two. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with her daughter.


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Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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