Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July with the RRVWP

For those of you interested in continuing your learning with the RRVWP, we have the following opportunities available for you in July:

The Fargo Writing Group is meeting on Mondays in July from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in Room 318 Minard Hall at NDSU. Contact Kim Rensch for more information or to RSVP: <renschk@fargo.k12.nd.us>.

In connection with the Summer Institute in Fargo, we have the following activities that are open to ALL RRVWP members. 

Write Around Fargo: Join the SI participants to write around Fargo the morning of Friday, July 10. We will meet at the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., at 8:15 am to be grouped and receive our writing prompts. Email Pam Fisher <pamefisher[at]gmail[dot]com> if you plan to attend (so we can make the appropriate number of copies) or if you have any questions.

The RRVWP is sponsoring an Assignments Matter Task Jam Workshop in conjunction with the Summer Institute. Assignments Matter is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience that supports teachers in creating effective writing prompts for grades 6-12 across the curriculum. At the Assignments Matter Task Jam Workshop, participants will be introduced to a framework for developing assignment prompts that are clear, concise, and connected with the Common Core State Standards.  Participants will generate and discuss classroom writing prompts paying particular attention to key concepts in the areas of reading, writing, synthesizing, and the application of content from all academic areas. Participants will also learn how developing effective prompts directly connected with the CCSS makes it easier to grade student work and how data from such assignments can help refine their teaching approaches. The Assignments Matter Task Jam Workshop will be held omn Thursday, July 16 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Those attending will receive a certificate of participation. Contact Karen Taylor at <ktaylor[at]moorheadschools[dot]org> if you have any questions.

Visitors' Day at this year's Summer Institute will be Tuesday, July 21, from 8:30-11:45, followed by lunch. All RRVWP members are invited to attend to write with the current SI participants, hear about reading and research conducted during the SI, and take part in mini-demos. Please email Pam Fisher <pamefisher[at]gmail[dot]com> if you plan to attend and indicate if you plan to stay for lunch.


Grand Forks Book Club: For July, we are reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and meeting at Pam’s house on Tuesday, July 28th, at 5:30 pm.

Please join us for as many of these activities as you can!