Abydos Learning International A staff development program that brings about educational improvement

The Abydos Learning International

Three Week Writing Course

Abydos Learning International, formerly the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas, offers a quality program in writing, reading, and literacy. It has as its foundation intensive training of teachers in writing theory and pedagogy. The solidity of the three-week writing institute ensures that teachers will have the opportunity to substantively contribute to the implementation of research-based teaching practices in their classrooms.

After the course, teachers will:

  • demonstrate the teaching of writing as a process;
  • teach language arts (support) skills within the writing process according to students' needs and state curricular guidelines;
  • write and share with students;
  • create a positive, non-threatening environment which encourages learning, participation, and risk-taking;
  • create a student-centered classroom;
  • teach students how to address a variety of audiences and write for many purposes in many modes;
  • understand the theory that supports the writing process;
  • use reading to teach writing and writing to teach reading;
  • increase test scores.

The Institute is a 90 hour project. There is a 15-day model and a 12-day model.

The mornings are spent this way:

  • minilessons
  • writing
  • grouping strategies and conference time
  • debriefing

The afternoons are spent this way:

  • poetry reading
  • hands-on strategies that both enable the theory and provide
  • practice of the appropriate pedagogy
  • reading/writing connections conclude the day

A sample of topics taken during a typical Abydos Three-week Writing Institute include prewriting strategies, genre/organization, revision, publishing, writing for depth, grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, developmental writing, constructed spelling, reading/writing connections, cognitive developmental theory, brain theory, and various types of assessment with an emphasis on the analytic scale.

Participants actively engage in all the strategies and are assessed on participation and quality of interaction. Further, each participant writes a reflexive paper, which is published in the institute anthology, and an extensive paper, which is sent out for publication. These papers are read and graded by way of an analytical scale to reach a letter course grade. Each participant shares a third piece of writing at the final read-around. Additionally, there is a final assessment.