Author: Katie McKay

  • Employing Multi-Modal Tools to Document and Share Process-Based Teaching and Learning

    Employing Multi-Modal Tools to Document and Share Process-Based Teaching and Learning

    With support from a LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant, our team of 6 elementary teachers from Bastrop, Texas and I, a Teacher Consultant with the Heart of Texas Writing Project, embarked on a year-long journey of deep professional development to bring Connected Learning to our Writing Workshop classrooms. The 2017 Challenge invited educators “to imagine engaging…

  • Today’s Reasons Why We Need Students to Write for Authentic Audiences

    Today’s Reasons Why We Need Students to Write for Authentic Audiences

    Our educational context today is drastically different than it was at the turn of the century. And, unfortunately, those changes have not all been positive. NCLB, enacted in 2001, was built upon deficit beliefs about culturally and linguistically diverse students. Ironically, the high stakes testing that was branded as a policy to help our most…

  • Resilient Writers!

    Resilient Writers!

    Bastrop ISD and Heart of Texas WP have partnered to form the Choice and Voice team for the LRNG grant. Our work is underway as we link Bastrop, TX K-4 teachers with community leaders to find innovative ways to share young students’ writing out in the community. Check out our work so far!

  • Do Our Students Have Access?

    Today, the integration of technology in public school classrooms is as much about teaching for equity as it is about effective pedagogy. True, technology motivates my English Language Learners to learn the curriculum and helps me differentiate for diverse learners. Yes, digital media provides an audience for my students’ passions, convictions, and stories. But, no,…