Laying a Path: Supported Writing & Editing

Laying a Path: Supported Writing & Editing


Online Educator Training

2018-19 Schedule: July 16th & 23rd, 2-5pm EST - CLASS CLOSED

The week before the class, you will receive a welcome email containing:

  • Zoom Webinar invitation link

  • 34 page Instructional Plan

Learn gentle, student-friendly methods for teaching writing and editing skills to your students, especially those who struggle!

What are educator training classes?

All language arts studies rely on complex underlying language skills. Success in reading and writing requires explicit teaching strategies that cross these intertwined skill areas.

Our classes dive deeply into each underlying language arts skill area, equipping educators to meet individual student needs. Deep learning strategies are provided and demonstrated, helping educators know how to best teach reading and writing skills at all learning levels. We show you methods that are effective and research-based. All classes include a comprehensive Instructional Plan, which can be used by the educator as their teaching guide going forward.

Laying a Path is a series of master classes for educators, demonstrating how to teach foundational language arts skills for reading and writing growth. These practices support all learners, especially those who struggle. The series is designed to give educators a base of knowledge in each area: Phonics & Spelling, Word Study, Grammar & Mechanics, Supported Writing & Editing, and Reading Accuracy & Comprehension.

In the live class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Class recordings will be made available to all participants after the course, viewable for up to 12 months. You must have a Zoom account to participate in our classes. This account is free and easy to set up at

“Anyways SO looking forward to the next class - it's been THE BEST thing we did for our homeschool this year. It was perfect for us, many thanks to the both of you.”  ~ Lori

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What will I learn?

Laying a Path: Supported Writing & Editing focuses on teaching educators our student-friendly methods for practicing deep writing skills and developing editing skills. We demonstrate how to help your students develop ownership in their writing across all skill levels, encouraging “bits & pieces” of writing to help students gain a stronger flow of ideas and a willingness to elaborate, even when handwriting or writing flow is a struggle. You will learn our most functional approach to helping writers coordinate their learned skills (sound processing, phonics, spelling conventions, word study, grammar, comprehension, and thought organization) through writing. We’ll help you understand how to modify, support, and scaffold writing skills while still facilitating independence in young writers.

This class is best taken in conjunction with Laying a Path: Phonics & Spelling, Laying a Path: Word Study,  Laying a Path: Grammar & Mechanics and Laying a Path: Reading Accuracy & Comprehension for a comprehensive approach deep original writing and editing practice.

“I am so thankful for the day that I learned about you guys and decided to take some classes...This has been such a great experience and I encourage all my homeschool people to take the classes as well. Thank you!” ~ Class Participant

How does it help?

Writing is an extremely complex skill that must be intentionally taught and explicitly practiced. Original writing and editing skills are important for self-expression, communication, and professional success. Original writing needs to be practiced at both "low stakes" and "high stakes" levels (Peter Elbow). Low stakes writing is writing that is never edited but provides necessary practice—this kind of writing helps students develop a solid flow of their ideas from their head to their hand. High stakes writing is edited and requires students to practice and apply “next level” writing skills: elaborating, revising, organizing, editing, and sharing. We help you teach to a level of success to nudge growing writers along while giving them the support they need.

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