Teaching Writing

Using a genre-based pedagogy with strong emphasis on language development, participants will learn what and how to teach writing. The approach has been developed and tested for over 10 years in multiple elementary and K–8 schools. The content has been distributed among three one-credit courses, each focusing on a set of genres. 

At a Glance

Who should attend?

Teachers, adminstrators, literacy specialists and coaches, paraprofessionals.


What's the format?

All courses are online and 4 weeks long.


How much time is involved per week?

The course requires three hours and ten minutes of weekly activities in addition to readings and assignments. 
Of this time, approximately 2 hours will be done at your own pace online and one hour of time will be in a live sychronous session.


Can I see the full listing of courses for the year?

Courses are offered in the Summer, Fall, and Spring.  For more details, please click dropdown below.

Courses

Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 students

This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level. Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach non-fiction narratives  and fictional narratives.

Format

Online

Offered:

June 2020
July 2020
September 2020
January 2021

15 PDPs

Professional Development Points

 

Cost

$400

To take this course for credit, please enroll in EDUC7547. The current credit rate is listed on the Tuition and Financial page. For non-BC students, please create an account and apply for non-degree coursework

Teaching Report and Explanation Writing to K-8 Students

Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach reports and explanations in the context of social studies and/or science. 

Format

Online

Offered

June 2020
January 2021

15 PDPs

Professional Development Points

 

Cost

$400

To take this course for credit, please enroll in EDUC7548. The current credit rate is listed on the Tuition and Financial page. For non-BC students, please create an account and apply for non-degree coursework

Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing to K-8 Students

Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach arguments and procedures. The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. 

Format

Online

Offered

July 2020
November 2020
February 2021

15 PDPs

Professional Development Points

 

Cost

$400

To take this course for credit, please enroll in EDUC7549. The current credit rate is listed on the Tuition and Financial page. For non-BC students, please create an account and apply for non-degree coursework

Program Faculty & Expertise

Maria Estela Brisk

Dr. Maria Estela Brisk is a Professor at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. For decades, Maria Brisk’s work has focused on language and education—individually and where they intersect. Teaching since the mid 1960s, her expertise has centered on how literacy and bilingualism are developed. She uses systemic functional linguistics to teach writing and implement genre-based pedagogy, most recently and successfully at Russell Elementary School.

Her illustrious career includes dozens of book and scholarly journal publications, as well as speaking engagements around the world. Brisk has been a translator, Spanish instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps, and even served as an expert witness on several court cases on desegregation and bilingual education. She was a long-standing member of the Board of Editors for the Bilingual Research Journal.

Course Facilitators 

Frank Daniello

Dr. Frank Daniello began his educational career as an elementary school teacher and district literacy specialist. Frank's research interests presently focus on SFL-informed genre-based pedagogy in elementary classrooms, teacher leadership and school change, and teachers’ critical reflection about instruction. A theme that unites his scholarship is that teachers are the single greatest influence on children’s development in schools. 

Betsy McDonald

Elizabeth MacDonald is a veteran educator and instructional coach within the Boston Public Schools and has served as an adjunct instructor in Boston College’s Lynch School of Education for close to twenty years. Her interests include urban education, reading and writing instruction, dual-language schools and the preparation of pre-service teachers. She has worked with Maria Estela Brisk on  the study of and implementation of the theory Systemic Functional Linguistics in the classroom. Additionally, as co-author of the first and second edition of The Mindful Teacher, she is committed to supporting and retaining urban educators. 

Ana Soto Viquez

Ana Soto Viquez's background as a bilingual student in international schools across different countries fueled a strong  interest in bilingual and dual language education, especially the development and instruction of reading and writing in bilingual students. A first grade teacher at the dual language Hurley K-8 School with Boston Public Schools for the last five years, she has had the opportunity to work closely with second language learners, seeing second language acquisition and biliteracy theories put into practice and explore how the theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics can inform w'sriting instruction for bilingual students.

Tracy Hodgson-Drysdale

Dr. Tracy Hodgson-Drysdale has taught in various capacities over a twenty-year period, including five years working as an elementary generalist, six as a reading specialist, and thirteen as an instructor teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, bilingualism, and systemic functional linguistics (SFL). She has worked with Dr. Maria Estela Brisk since 2008 as her teaching assistant and research assistant, and they also presented at conferences and collaborated on articles. 

 

Questions?

For questions about the content and delivery of the courses contact Dr. Maria Brisk at maria.brisk@bc.edu

If you are interested in the BEC endorsement, or individual coursework for your school or school district contact Ashana Hurd at 617-552-4213, or email lynchschoolpce@bc.edu