Writing as a Process

Grades K-12
November 28, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Patti West-Smith
  • Registration Fee:
    $119 ( $169 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

In the ‘Writing as a Process’ approach to composition, revision marks a key phase in which students get to the heart of communication: re-envisioning their work for an audience. This session will present approaches to delivering the kinds of strategic, higher-order feedback that empowers students to successfully revise their work and achieve this goal. During the course of the workshop, participants will explore the following topics: establishing the pedagogical/research context and identifying the challenges; interactive writing and debriefing activities; and leveraging technology for feedback. The session will include a facilitated discussion on best approaches for providing feedback to students and extending teachers’ reach in supporting the writing process. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Writing as a Process through hands-on practice with a standards-aligned instant feedback tool. The goal of the workshop is to map out solutions which give teachers the knowledge and time to teach writing by creating more opportunities for students to write.


Grades K-12

Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Leads, ITRT’s, Classroom Teachers


Patti West-Smith (Curriculum Director for Turnitin)

Patti West-Smith leads the curriculum division for all K-12 products at Turnitin. Prior to leaving public education, Patti had 19 years of experience serving as a secondary teacher, middle school principal, central office administrator, and adjunct professor with extensive experience in curriculum development and professional learning.  Literacy, innovation, and equity are the cornerstones of her work. Proud to be a veteran educator, Patti has presented at a number of regional and national conferences, published articles, and worked to mentor classroom teachers and instructional leaders. She holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Education with a major in reading and minor in science; she is also currently working on her dissertation in Educational Leadership. She is certified to teach middle and high school and also holds both principal and superintendent certifications.


Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $119 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $169 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is November 10, 2017.

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Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

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Registration Fee

$119   ( $169 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

Or use the LINK below to make your reservation at the special VSUP / VaSCL room rate.


Contact VSUP/VaSCL

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November 28, 2017
Writing as a Process
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
November 10, 2017