Help Improve Your Child’s Writing Skills!

Do you have a child at home that needs to improve his or her writing?  Join the ECE Parent Network and Parent Academy for Guest Speaker, William Van Cleave’s presentation: “Cognitive Overload: the Multiple Demands of the Student Writer” on March 14th at 7 pm in the auditorium. 

All of us would like to improve our students’ writing abilities.  In this lively and engaging program, keynote presenter William Van Cleave will use current research on writing to help participants understand the issues confronting struggling writers.  William Van Cleave is in private practice as an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression. A nationally-recognized speaker, he has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country since 1995. While his own background is in language-based learning difficulties, the strategies William promotes are effective for students of all skill levels and abilities.

During Van Cleave’s talk, he will emphasize working memory and the number of simultaneous demands the writing process makes on students of all ages. He will include an overview of the following components of writing: transcription skills (the motor component, spelling, and mechanics), syntax, vocabulary, oral language, text structure, and the recursive processes (revising and editing).  Throughout the presentation, Van Cleave will provide participants with recommendations to help students improve their writing skills.