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Rubrics to Support the Craft & Conventions of Writing: Grades K-5
Joan Dabrowski

Friday, October 26, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

This workshop has been cancelled. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 with any questions. 

As writers grow and develop, they need support in both the craft and conventions of writing. Participants will dig into this topic to consider how rubrics can inform teaching and support student growth. Several rubrics will be shared as we consider the ways teachers might use these tools and how they can be applied across multiple genres.

Participants will:

  • reflect on their current approach for teaching writing
  • review and discuss research-based instructional routines for teaching writing
  • deepen and widen their knowledge of:
    • different options for rubrics/scoring guides
    • when, where, and how rubrics/scoring guides can support student writers
  • consider new ways for how rubrics can support and advance independent writing for students across multiple genres

This workshop is for teachers and literacy coaches, grades K-5.

Joan Dabrowski is the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Wellesley Public Schools. She has served as an elementary teacher, K-8 literacy coach, adjunct professor, national consultant, curriculum writer and author. She has conducted research in schools across the country and was the director of literacy for the Boston Public Schools. She co-authored, Checking In: Do Classroom Assignments Reflect Today’s Higher Standards?, which analyzed over 1,800 middle school literacy assignments in English language arts, history, and science. She has also written a book for teachers entitled, Interactive Writing Across Grades: A Small Practice With Big Results. Dabrowski began her career in Teach for America and earned a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned her doctorate of education in K-12 school leadership at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College.

Location of Workshop
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom, 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking and Public Transportation for the ISACS Classroom
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking, and public transportation.

Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

​Ground Transportation from O'Hare and Midway Airports
Taxis from O'Hare and Midway airports cost approximately $40-50 to downtown. Uber/Lyft options are offered at both airports and will be less expensive.

ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express (shared van shuttle service) for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations 
IISACS has secured discounted room rate of $249/night plus tax at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: a luxury boutique hotel for the night of Thursday, October 25. To make a reservation, please contact The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at (312) 649-2000 and make sure to identify yourself as a member with the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) and provide the Group Code: ISACS Workshop- Writing. Discounted rooms are available until October 12. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. If you would prefer to book online please click here to make your reservation. For directions to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, which also includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

If you are looking for another option or the room block is full, please take a moment to check out the other hotels which ISACS has partnered with in the Chicago area. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and, as a member of ISACS, you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs. 

Please note that you should make your reservations early. October is a busy month in Chicago. If you have any difficulties booking a room at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago or any of the other hotels listed, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $190 member fee
  • $250 non-member fee
  • The first person pays the full fee, each additional registrant from the same school receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Contacting the ISACS office
If you have any questions related to any aspect of your attendance or travel, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or email programinfo

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $250


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