Second session starts August 14
August 11, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Melissa Gigliotti of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., a Mount Saint
Mary College graduate student on the education track, learns a new
literacy technique during the recent Mount workshop.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Collaborative for Equity in Literacy
Learning (CELL) wrapped up the first session of a two-week literacy
workshop for educators on August 11.
The workshops are focusing on the Picturing Writing and Image
Making techniques. To a casual observer, it might look like an art
class. But according to technique developer Beth Olshansky, these
techniques help meet the literacy needs of students with diverse
The first week-long session focused on the Image-Making
technique, which uses picture books as mentor texts to teach the
art of writing. Students create picture books, often tied to the
science or social studies curriculum, using their own portfolio of
hand-painted papers. The art always precedes the writing, explained
The second session, devoted to Picturing Writing, will take
place August 14-18. Picturing Writing gives students access to
multiple modalities for thinking and expressing their ideas. It can
be used to address English language arts core standards in a way
that reaches a wide range of learners, and is easily integrated
into the social studies and science curriculum.
There’s still time to attend this second session. Register
online by visiting cell.msmc.edu and clicking the “Picturing
Writing” tab on the left. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 845-569-3431.
Established in 2012, CELL provides tutoring and out-of-school
literacy activities for children pre-school to grade 12 with a
focus on reading, conversation, and activities. It explores
multicultural books, offers family literacy programs, and more.
Each semester about 60 Mount teacher candidates, graduate and
undergraduate, help instill a love of reading in local youth as
part of their community fieldwork requirement.
Mount literacy programs are held in the Newburgh Armory on
Saturday mornings, weekday mornings in the summertime, and weekday
afternoons during the fall and spring semesters. Other events, such
as Family Literacy Night, are held throughout the year.