ASIJ Learning Series Presents

An EARCOS-sponsored Weekend Workshop:

Planning to Engage and Empower Readers and Writers with Penny Kittle

Audience: This workshop is suitable for educators (Grade 6-12), literacy coaches, and administrators

Saturday, February 15 from 8:30-4:00 and Sunday, February 16 from 8:30-2:30

Location: The Creative Arts and Design Center (CADC) at ASIJ

Penny teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for 34 years. Penny is the co-author of 180 Days with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award. She also co-authored two books with her mentor, Don Graves, and co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Graves’ work, Children Want to Write. Penny is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership. She regularly works beside teachers to empower young readers and writers.

About the Workshop:

Moving students beyond compliant reading and writing and into engaged reading and writing takes focused planning. How can we create a volume of practice that improves reading, writing, speaking, and listening? We will study a balance of opportunities for students to demonstrate independence and increased proficiency across a lesson, a unit, and a year. We will consider classroom structures that place volume, choice, modeling, and feedback at the center of our instruction. Participants will work with other educators to:

  • consider the balance of independent reading, book clubs, and core texts over the course of a year
  • consider the balance of writing discourses and opportunities for students to demonstrate agency and independence
  • collect engaging seeds for writers’ notebooks
  • practice modeling revision moves that improve a text
  • plan book clubs centered on essential questions and select books across a range of complexity
  • invite students to generate thinking in response to their reading
  • create opportunities for digital composition across the school year
  • design practices to improve reading fluency, poetry performance, and TED-talk style presentations
  • find sentences, passages, and whole texts that will mentor our students in specific writing craft and editing moves across genres
  • design assessments that ask students to cite evidence of their learning

Registration Info and ASIJ Contact:

This workshop can accommodate a maximum of 50 participants.

Your place will be confirmed after your registration fee is received.

2-day institute plus materials, lunch, and refreshments: 11,000 JPY

EARCOS participants outside ASIJ: Please register on this form prior to December 31, 2019

ASIJ Faculty*: After completing the PLD Application and gaining approval from your principal, please register on this doc.

Please note: *all MS Humanities and HS English teachers already have approval and will not need to fill out the PLD Application, you may simply register on the doc above.

ASIJ Contact:

Ginny Prairie

Director of Professional Learning and MS/HS Curriculum Coordinator

Additional Information for Guests:

Airport info:

  • Haneda (@45-minute commute to preferred hotels) or
  • Narita (@120-minute commute to preferred hotels)

Transportation info:

  • Taxis will cost @$150 (Haneda) or @$300 (Narita) each way
  • Trains/buses are more reasonable. For more information

By Train ; From Tokyo or Shinjuku Station, take the orange JR Chuo Line train bound for Tachikawa or Takao to Musashi-Sakai Station. (Please note that only rapid trains [快速] stop at this station.) Get off and exit the JR Station and transfer to the Seibu Tamagawa Line. Take the Seibu Tamagawa train two stops to Tama Station. Get off and follow the map below.

By Bus ; From Mitaka Station’s south exit, bus stop No. 8, take bus No. 52 for Asahicho 3-chome [鷹52] or Kurumagaeshi-Danchi [鷹52] to Tama Station. From Tobitakyu Station’s north exit, take bus No. 01 [飛田給駅北口] to Tama Station.

Hotel info:

  • The Hotel METS Musashisakai at Musashi-Sakai station is the most convenient choice for accommodations. When registering, let them know you are with the American School in Japan for a better rate.
  • If you are looking for a bit more nightlife, hotels near Kichijoji station might interest you. We recommend Tokyu REI Kichijoji and Kichijoji Dai-ichi Hotel

How to get to ASIJ:

  • From Kichijoji: take the Chuo line toward Takao. Get off at Musashi-Sakai (2 stops) and change to Tama line to Tama station (2 stops) and follow the map.
  • From Musashi-Sakai: take the Tama line to Tama station (2 stops) and follow the map.