Nurturing Our Youngest Writers

Mo Gaffney November 9, 2018

Presented at:
2018 SCL Annual Conference


"In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God" (John 1:1). Come learn about research on beginning writers and how to develop early writing skills beginning in Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade. This session goes beyond handwriting and spelling. Our youngest learners are full of stories and are inspired by beautiful literature. Learn how to build an effective program and develop Grammar School teachers to create a classroom that inspires students to make the transition from oral to written language. You will see samples of student work, recommendations for further reading and learn how to get started.


Classical Education Classroom Development Grammar School Learning Literature Students Teaching Writing


Mo Gaffney
Dr. Mo Gaffney has served as Head of the Lower School at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA, for the past four years. Before coming to TCS, Mo taught primary grades in both public and private schools. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate in Elementary Education, all from the University of Virginia. While at U.Va., she did extensive research in elementary classrooms and served as a literacy coach. She has led professional development workshops in reading and writing and has presented at national conferences. Mo and her husband Jeff have four children.

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