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Teacher Talk: Earning the Elusive Sophistication Point

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

In light of the fact that 1 out of every 850 test takers earn the sophistication point, many teachers and students have come to dismiss it as a mere phantom construction of the College Board.  But with intentional and focused Word Study Academies, heavy emphasis on the explicit teaching of nuance, and equipping students with heuristics, it definitely is teachable and within reach. This webinar provides ready-made approaches for teachers  to shore-up some of the compositional basics while aiding students to grow and mature as sophisticated writers.

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Facilitator: Kristian Kuhn

For the past couple of decades, Kristian Kuhn has called Rochester, NY home where he teaches both high school and college composition.  In addition to this role, he is a lead teacher for the National Writing Project as well as the host of the highly popular YouTube Channel: Kristian Kuhn ... The "Bob Ross" of Composition.  A champion of writing heuristics, he also is an expert in gamification and edutainment.

Facilitator: Dr. Brandon Abdon 

Dr. Brandon Abdon is a former English teacher who has been doing instructional design, school coaching, and professional development around the intersection of composition, literacy, literature, pedagogy, and technology for over a decade. A fellow of the National Writing Project, Brandon believes in the power of writing daily in the classroom.  He also knows that all students have a path to literacy when engaged and challenged suitably.  He likes to read and play sports but does both of them slowly and only one of them well. He has been married to his brilliant wife, Angela, since 2008 and has two sons, Hilton and Dorian.

He has consulted for or served in some capacity with a number of organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, the Bluegrass Writing Project, the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English, the National Math-Science Initiative, and others.  In addition to consulting and professional development, he has been on staff with the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and Savvas K-12 Learning Services (Formerly Pearson K-12 Learning Services).  While at the College Board, he led the development of the current course and exam descriptions for both Advanced Placement English courses, including creation of course skills, revision of exam guidelines, and the development of analytical scoring.

Along with experience in an array of organizations, he holds advanced degrees in both English and Education - including a Doctorate in English Pedagogy - and certification as both a teacher and an administrator.  During his full-time work in high school classrooms, he was recognized with the National Council of Teachers of English “High School Teacher of Excellence” award in 2010.  He has also worked at the University of Kentucky and Georgia State University teaching courses including English Composition 1, Introduction to Literature, Literature for Teachers, Composition for Teachers, and others.


March 5
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
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Applied Practice
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