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2016 Write for Texas Fall Institute (invitation only)


Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies: Professional Development to Support Academic Writing

The Write for Texas 2016 Fall Institute featured the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies: Professional Development to Support Academic Writing (TALA Writing). Invitations to attend the institute were extended to state writing coaches, ESC specialists, TLI district representatives, TLI state support specialists, and representatives from the 50 largest districts.

TALA Writing was originally launched in 2012 to increase academic literacy by providing research-based professional development in the area of writing instruction. All secondary teachers are welcome to attend. 

TALA Writing (different than the similarly named TALA Reading) serves as the foundation of Write for Texas resources, online materials, handouts and instructional practices, and may be familiar.  The training includes many hands-on activities such as:

  • charting
  • analyzing essays
  • peer conferencing tools

Educators attending the 2016 Fall Institute had the opportunity to engage with the TALA Writing training in a variety of ways. They gained experience and practice with the instructional routines as general participants. They engaged in discussion about ideas for using the routines in their work and coaching with teachers. They also had the unique opportunity during the October sessions to apply the strategies to authentic materials from their own work. Participants were invited to bring authentic text and student writing samples to use in place of the examples included in the training. During training, participants were directed to complete activities using either the sample provided or one they bring. Please read on for information about types of texts used in the training activities.

 

Materials

The TALA Writing training may be conducted using texts from partipants' own work or mentor texts from their class curriculum.  Please refer to the list below as a guideline for making selections. Sample texts from the TALA Writing training are provided for comparison. Click the gray button to view the published samples. 

Student writing samples may also be used during the peer conferencing activity.

  • Short expository mentor text (for charting activities)  Sample
  • Expository student writing samples (to use during peer conferencing activities)  Sample
  • Short personal narrative text (to serve as a mentor text)  Sample

The Linguistic Instruction Alignment Guide may also be useful in completing the TALA Writing training. For more information, view the resource on the Texas Gateway.

 

Schedule

Monday & Tuesday, October 3-4, 2016

State writing coaches, ESC specialists, TLI district representatives, TLI state support specialists, and representatives from the 50 largest districts

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Write for Texas project staff from ESCs and National Writing Project (NWP) of Texas sites will meet for an additional half day.