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Fast and Furious: Using Data to Drive Skills-Based Writing Instruction

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Dates: April 10, 2019 – May 22, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
New Visions’ Fee: $25*
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Frequent writing assignments inherently offer opportunities to give students feedback on knowledge and skill growth. However, a challenge persists for even the most experienced teacher– how to provide actionable, timely and individualized feedback. Skills-based Rubrics provide teachers with manageable data for writing instruction in all content classrooms. The rubrics are designed to accurately gauge a student’s ability by identifying the different levels of proficiency for a given skill, the level at which a student is currently performing within that skill, and the next level of achievement for that student to work towards. The progressions found in the rubrics isolate writing skills in order to make literacy growth visible for teachers and students. The rubrics make mastery of skills, at their highest level, explicit, and support teachers in developing differentiated interventions.

This course provides middle and high school English Language Arts (ELA) teachers with practical knowledge and skills to support the writing development of their students. In particular, the course will focus on how to implement skills-based writing strategies, utilize skills-based rubrics for formative and summative assessments, and analyze the resulting data to make instructional decisions. By the end of the course, teachers will have developed an understanding of how and when to use skills-based instruction rubrics, and will have learned a number of writing strategies that can support writing in their classrooms.

Participants who successfully complete this course will demonstrate the ability to use rubric-driven data to make focused instructional decisions to enhance student literacy growth.

This class will be taught by

Nicole Charette Santora

Nicole Charette Santora is responsible for creating the evolving New Visions high school ELA curriculum. She began her teaching career in Baltimore City as a Teach for America corps member and taught at the pilot Democracy Prep Charter High School in Harlem where she contributed to the composition of the English curriculum for the network. Prior to New Visions, Nicole was a founding staff member and the Director of Teacher Development at MESA Charter High School where she supported teachers instructionally and in developing standards-based curriculum. She is currently the Academic Board Chair for BELA Charter High School in Brooklyn. Nicole holds a B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University in Maryland and a M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University.


Course Location

New Visions for Public Schools
205 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Course Fees & Registration Policy

*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.