AAEC Writing Workshops - The cost to attend these workshops is $175 per person / per day

On Demand, Part I

Building the Writer Within

Are you building writers or polishing pieces of writing?  This question is one the On-Demand portion of our state assessment asks us to address each year.  With the changes to our standards and the writing assessment over the past five years have come new adjustments we must make to our writing curriculum and writing strategies.   Now more than ever, on-demand is still an important assessment of our students’ ability to write independently over a short or long range and we must provide our writers with tools in order to be able to do this.


Issues to be addressed will include

  1. A step-by-step approach for teaching students to be more independent writers

  2. Modeled lessons for teaching students about audience and purpose

  3. Strategies and plans specific to the text type assessed on the Kentucky On-Demand Assessment:       To Argue


This session will provide tried and true ideas to help you unlock those writers by focusing on lessons and best-practice strategies that will empower both you and your students, not just for helping with on-demand writing but for building life-long skills.  Participants will receive

  • Hard copies and electronic versions of all materials.  Participants from each school will receive an electronic version of all files, including trainers' notes, to take back and share with other teachers in their buildings. 

  • Practical, useful strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom.

  • An opportunity for teachers to learn and use new tools by practicing with them in a safe, non-threatening environment.

  • Time for networking with teachers from districts across the state and a chance to share ideas, strategies, and methods for incorporating on-demand writing into any classroom.






On-Demand Part II is a workshop designed for teachers who want to move students to the next level.  What we’ve seen is that, statewide, we’ve “flat lined” because students have difficulty in developing, organizing, and/or polishing their thoughts. 


This workshop is organized around the bullets of the writing scoring rubric, beginning with the standard which guides the purposes of On-Demand writing:  to offer an opinion or argument.   Within those this purpose, we’ll look specifically at the reading-writing connection as one strategy for helping students understand methods of idea development specific to the argument. 


We’ll also look at organizers and more idea development strategies that will help all students reach their potential in on-demand writing as well as in more authentic classroom writing, take an in-depth student-friendly look at the On-Demand Scoring Guide, and get the opportunity for work analysis, similar to what might be replicated in PLCs.  Participants from each school will also receive an electronic version of all files, including trainers' notes, to take back and share with other teachers in their buildings. 

Perhaps the most important years in education are those formative ones in primary classrooms.  Not only do those beginning classes help children adjust to school, but they also are the cornerstone for all student learning.  Because of the vital nature of those lower classrooms, primary teachers have a very special place in our combined effort to build writers and thinkers; however, many times, primary teachers are left out of workshops and have special needs that are often not met in our rush for accountability level training.  Now, with our revised state standards, lower primary teachers have a set of concrete writing standards and need training geared to the needs of the primary classroom. 


We have built a workshop that will help to meet those special needs, such as

  • What primary writing looks like and how it develops

  • What the writing process looks like in the primary classroom

  • How to use organizers and manipulatives to help young writers in narration, opinion, and informative writing

  • How picture books and other resources can be used to spark writing ideas

  • How to establish a school-wide program – with consistent language, rubrics, and organizers


All of these ideas and strategies are based on and grounded in the Kentucky Writing Standards for Grades K-2.  Not only will primary teachers get a chance to examine the standards and best-practice strategies for the youngest writers, but they will also have an opportunity to share ideas and strategies with other primary teachers from across the state in a risk-free environment. 


Teachers will receive both hard and digital copies of all material so that they can bring the materials back to your school.

Standards-Based Writing Lessons (Grades 3-8)

With the introduction of  revised standards comes the opportunity to re-examine our writing programs, writing plans, and writing strategies.  Devising strategic lessons to address specific learning targets and writing standards becomes increasingly important as we build our school-wide writing programs based on an intentional rather than accidental curriculum.


Those lessons, based on the writing standards, are precisely the focus of this interactive workshop.   Participants will receive specific strategies for helping students to achieve the learning targets – and the time to try them out themselves in a safe, collegial environment.  From how to help students pre-write for an informative piece to how to help students understand the writing process, these effective, engaging strategies will impact both teachers and the students they teach.  In addition, the strategies we share blend perfectly with the strategies in the Primary Writing workshop for school-wide approaches to writing.


Please note that, even though we are focusing grades 3 - 8, we firmly believe that any teacher of writing can adapt these ideas and lessons to his or her classroom and will benefit from different ideas, the focus on the writing standards, and, most of all, an opportunity to share ideas with other teachers in a risk-free environment. 



On Demand, Part II

More Lessons to Build Writers

Primary Writing (K-2)