I enjoy designing learning opportunities based in authentic reading and writing experiences for teachers and students of all ages. Workshops range from one hour to multiple-day institutes and can include learning labs within classrooms.  Every experience is customized to meet the needs of the learners, balancing on the edge of next practices while staying true to best practices in literacy instruction.

–Morgan Davis

Fall 2022

Writers’ Workshop:

Essentials for K-6 Educators

Register: Coming soon

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 8-4

Golden, CO

Earn 7.5 clock hours with 0.5 and 1.0 graduate credit options

The best way to learn about writers’ workshop is through writers’ workshop. This course is designed to immerse participants in the workshop experience even as we plan with our student writers in mind.

Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate why workshop is an effective structure, system, ritual, and routine for writing instruction.
  • Implement the critical components of a workshop, specifically mini-lessons, work time, share, and reflection.
  • Plan standards-based lessons and consider routines to support writing processes.

Read Like a Writer:

Texts as Sources; Texts as Mentors


Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8-4

Golden, CO

Earn 7.5 clock hours with 0.5 and 1.0 graduate credit options

We will explore the use of texts as sources and texts as mentors, developing a model for an inquiry-based approach to short- or long- term units of study within reading and writing workshop.

Participants will be able to:

  • Implement instructional strategies for close reading texts as sources to extract and interact for meaning.
  • Implement instructional strategies for close reading texts as mentors to understand and imitate craft and style.
  • Develop short- and long-term units based in the 5T’s (topic, text, task, target, and transfer).

Other Workshop Topics:

Stay tuned for more topics and more information about the ones you see below:

  • Reading Workshop*
  • Close Reading
  • Writing Workshop*
  • Authentic Tasks: No Assembly Required – presented on January 18, 2018 for JCIRA, our local literacy council and featured in an “Authentic Task” blog series here at itsaboutmakingspace.
  • #LTWTL: Learn to Write to Learn
  • Shared-Squared: A Framework for Whole-Group Reading Instruction – presented on February 8, 2018 and February 7, 2019 at CCIRA in Denver, CO and on November 28, 2018 for Summit County’s Ten Mile Council

*”Workshop” workshops can be presented as an overview of the structures, rituals, and routines and/or separated to focus on a single component, eg. mini-lesson, conferring, small-group, independence, collaboration, etc.

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