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Professional Development

wvcrichmond.jpgWriting Matters

Van Cleave tailors his hands-on, interactive writing workshops based on the Writing Matters approach to the needs of individual audiences.  Components can include research about the writing process, sentence development, paragraph and essay writing, and the revising/editing process.  Van Cleave also presents on advanced grammar and the motor component.  Workshops vary in length depending on audience and need: the longer the workshop, the more in-depth the study. More...

Other Workshops  

Recognizing that most schooling provides decoding at only the primary level, this workshop picks up where basic word attack leaves off.  All too soon students are introduced to textbooks filled with longer, multisyllabic words.  Even with effective basic phonics instruction, readers are often unable to handle both the increased quantity of text and its complexity.  An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary and word attack skills.  In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants in a brief overview of the origins of our language and characteristics of the major languages of influence, an introduction to morphemic awareness, and then (as time permits) a study of advanced word decoding strategies.  Participants practice with each concept and learn tools useful for helping students understand and decode unfamiliar words. More...