Professional Development Institute
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Do you want to better understand and be able to successfully implement the Common Core Writing Standards at the second grade level? This online course helps teachers fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and gain an in-depth knowledge of the specific Writing Standards at the second grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom ideas including using writer’s workshop, the writing process, technology that promotes writing, and appropriate writing assessment strategies. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.
"I was thrilled with the content of this course. I now look forward to writing with my second graders. I have some new ways to get them motivated to write. I can't wait." - Melissa Pankiewicz
This course applies toward the Common Core Specialist Award of Completion
**If you are using this course for the Common Core Grade-Level Specialist Award of Completion program, you MUST register for the course plus credit.
Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.
“A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers” by Lucy Calkins
If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List
Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus
PDI Course Number: 39T02
UCSD Course Number: EDUC41541