PD Webinar

Combining Writing and Social-Emotional Learning to Help Students Express Themselves


Learn new ways to provide effective writing instruction and practice that will also help students with their social-emotional development. Authors Leah Mermelstein and Patty McGee explain strategies and techniques that will engage K-6 students in improving their written communication skills, building understanding and compassion, and processing the impact of recent events.

This research-based webinar will enable educators to combine key types of instructional strands, practice sessions, and levels of support so students can improve their writing and social-emotional skills in a positive and meaningful way.


1 hour

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About the Presenters

Leah Mermelstein

Leah Mermelstein is a well-known expert and author on the teaching of writing, reading, and language development. She is a sought-after keynote speaker at national conferences, admired for her close study of students’ writing and reading development. As a literacy consultant, Leah works closely with school districts, teachers, and students, helping develop and deliver quality and cohesive literacy instruction. She holds a master’s degree in cultural diversity and curriculum reform and aspires to ground all of her work in creating equitable access to children and families. Leah has written numerous books on the teaching of reading and writing and the connection between the two.

Patty McGee

Patty McGee is a New Jersey-based author, educator and literacy leader who envisions learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power. Patty has received the Milken Educator Award (2020) and is the author of The 7 Essentials of Writer’s Workshop.

NEW! "We-Do" Writing: Maximizing Practice to Develop Independent Writers

by Leah Mermelstein

Your writing lesson was well-modeled, clear, and engaging, but your students were still at a loss when it came time to write independently. Why? There’s a good chance your kids needed more time in the “We-Do” phase of the gradual release model. In this book, Leah shows you how to maximize practice and coaching to better prepare students to write meaningfully on their own. Through the use of uncomplicated structures and systems, she walks you through choosing the right level of support for various teacher goals and student needs. You will get guidance on how to:

  • Identify the components of effective writing
  • Use specific writing techniques or “sessions” in your daily planning
  • Differentiate strategies by grade level and student development
  • Improve classroom collaboration
  • Build flexibility when responding to students in the moment Some great writers are born, but many more are made. Allow We-Do Writing to help you nurture young writers by providing them with the skills and confidence to soar.
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