Helping Writers Find Their Voice


Name of the Presenter : Patricia Handly

Organisation : Developmental Studies Center represented by School Design

Contact : Pathandly20@me.com

Targeted audience : K-6

Description of the session : This one -hour session invites teachers to think about and experience the power of student voice in writing.  The session will address the core skills and strategies young writers need to become strong writers including ways to deeply engage English Language Learners in writing.  Through mentor texts, participant writing, video clips and an emphasis on the role social interaction plays in deepening writing, participants will leave the session excited to celebrate each writer's individual voice!

About the Presenter : Patricia Handly is currently a consultant for Developmental Studies Center, a non-profit, mission driven organization that advocates the education of the whole child. In addition to her work at DSC, she facilitates the Instructional Supervision and Evaluation course at the Principals Training Center for International School Leadership. For twelve years Patricia led three different elementary international schools in Latin America. Her early career in the United States included positions as classroom teacher, school psychologist and college lecturer in psychology.  Patricia's interests lie in literacy acquisition and leadership with a passion for teaching writing and building caring school communities.