Professional Development

We welcome opportunities to engage educators individually or entire school programs in SIWI Professional Development (PD). The PD experience is welcoming of all professionals who collaborate to support the writing and language development of deaf students (e.g., teachers, ASL specialists, SLPs, administrators, bilingual specialists).

Prior research has shown that implementation occurs with higher instructional fidelity if there is participation in PD workshops and ongoing coaching

Introductory Workshop 

The SIWI introductory workshop is designed to prepare educators for initial implementation of SIWI. It provides an overview of the SIWI driving principles and engages teachers in contextualized practice with guidance and support. There are three options available: 

OPTION 1: In-person provided at your school

  • for groups of up to 25 educators
  • 4 days of on-site PD
  • $2500/day 
  • includes access to SIWI materials and website
  • email to set up PD

OPTION 2: Hybrid (asynchronous modules with in-person meetings) 

  • for groups of up to 25 educators
  • 19 hours of asynchronous PD 
  • 2 days of contextualized practice and support 
  • $6,000 fee plus $150/teacher 
  • includes access to SIWI online modules, materials, and website
  • email to set up PD

OPTION 3: Online (asynchronous modules with synchronous meetings)

  • for individuals or school programs 
  • 19 hours of asynchronous PD
  • 11 hours of synchronous meetings
  • $500/educator (financial assistance is available)
  • includes access to SIWI online modules, materials, and website
  • click here to enroll

Contact us at if your program has a group larger than 25 educators that you would like to enroll in the PD.


Coaching is provided during the school year, with 3 sessions recommended per semester. It involves individualized or small group support to teachers in their teaching/learning contexts. It may consist of collaboratively planning lessons and units, setting up classroom spaces for implementation, evaluating students’ writing samples to set appropriate objectives, or co-teaching lessons. 

Coaching is $250 per 1 hour consultation (online or in person) with 1-3 teachers. 

Customized PD Sessions

Customized professional development sessions are offered to school programs on various topics. Sessions range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, or can be individually tailored to meet the needs of the school program. 

Topics include:

  • An overview of SIWI driving principles
  • A summary of SIWI research and trajectory
  • An overview of the Language Zone and how to meet students’ various language needs
  • Writing and language assessment & setting instructional objectives
  • Group interactive writing
  • Strategy instruction for writing process and skills
  • Guided, shared, and independent writing
  • Integrating English and/or ASL mentor text
  • Planning a SIWI unit
  • SIWI implementation Q&A

Customized PD sessions are $250 per hour. Contact us at to schedule.

Advanced Workshop

The advanced workshop is available following the completion of the introductory workshop and at least one year of SIWI implementation. It is designed to deepen a teacher’s understanding of SIWI principles and to enhance their implementation of SIWI. Participants are expected to bring at least one videotaped SIWI unit to the workshop. A SIWI unit begins with the initial lesson establishing purpose and audience and concludes with the students’ publication. Videotapes are used for teacher reflection and analysis only and will not be shared. 

Contact us at for more information about the advanced workshop.

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