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Bonnie Persico

Bonnie has been a classroom teacher for over thirty years. She has facilitated writing retreats for the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. She currently teaches fifth grade in the Greenville Central School District.


Writers' Retreat for Teachers

This workshop will provide educators with time to develop and strengthen their own writing, reflect on their teaching and enjoy the collegiality of a professional learning community (as per Danielson, Domain 4).  During this 24 hour, “learn-by-doing” retreat, educators will have the opportunity to experience the “writer’s life” (drafting, revising, conferring) while at the same time mastering classroom techniques and enjoying the support of a professional community.  Activities will be coordinated with the Common Core Learning Standards, and certificates of completion will reflect those standards.


  • To provide insight into literacy instruction by allowing teachers to experience first-hand a variety of strategies for engaging students in the various stages of the writing process
  • To provide teachers with the experience of “writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences…using effective technique….”(Common Core, Wrtg Standards)
  • To provide participants with a professional community that can continue throughout the school year.
  • To give each participant the opportunity to discover/re-discover his/her writer’s voice, and thus demonstrate methods for doing the same with students
  • To enable participants to experience various approaches to “tapping the sources” of good writing (i.e., experience, memory, emotion, imagination, etc.), and thus provide teachers with a repertoire of teaching strategies 
  • To provide participants with time for writing and reflecting on the process; 
  • To encourage participants to:  explore various genres; experience/re-experience the benefits of conferring with other writers;explore various methods of eliciting a writer’s “voice”; experience using various contemporary writers as “mentors;” appreciate the pleasures of writing and revising.

Designed for: K-12 teachers and other school professionals who have not had time to write, or for those who have writing projects in progress

Inservice Credit (with district approval):  15 contact hours

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