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How do I earn credit? (Michigan educators only)

  • State continuing education credits may be issued to school guidance counselors, teachers, and administrators who hold a PIC number. (As of August 2015, your PIC number is required to have SCECH credits uploaded to MOECS.)
  • Counselors must hold a valid Michigan license or certificate.
  • Register using the email address listed in the MOECS system.
  • Attend 100% of the online workshop.
  • After completing the workshop, you will receive an email with detailed instructions and a link to complete the MDE evaluation.
  • Complete and return the evaluation by email within 30 days of receiving it.
  • Once we receive the completed evaluation, the SCECHs will be added to your MOECS account.

Workshop Descriptions

College Essay Coaching – Getting Students Started with Limited Time

High school counselors are often called upon to guide students through the college essay writing process. Lacking sufficient time to guide students from beginning to end, they generally focus on one of two things: 1) Helping students choose topics; or 2) Reviewing completed essays. This course focuses on selecting meaningful topics, and provides insight into what colleges are looking for and how counselors can use their limited resources to help their students write application essays that stand out.This course consists of three webinars and resources from Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute. There are a total of 5.0 training hours to equal 5.0 SCECH hours.

  • Webinar 1: Listening 201: Elements of a Great Idea
    Get that great idea on paper without feeling like you’re pulling teeth. We discuss brainstorming techniques, student voice and how to help young people recognize their own best ideas. We also talk about how to align student, parent and professional expectations to make the most of the essay-writing process.
  • Webinar 2: What We Say and What They Hear
    What do you mean when you tell students to share their passions? Avoid clichés? Stay away from controversial subjects? What do these statements mean to young writers? We will discuss strategies for clarifying your essay-related messages so students understand exactly what colleges are looking for and how they can stand out. We explore messages, meaning and misinterpretation to help you conserve time and energy, and get better results.
  • Webinar 3: Brainstorming Techniques that Work Like Magic 
    We ask our students to come to their brainstorming appointments with at least four story ideas. What happens when those ideas are weak, cliché or incomplete? We’ll use real examples to demonstrate how we turn uninspired ideas into meaningful essay topics by focusing on process instead of product. Learn how to encourage reflection so students own their ideas and write better first drafts.

College Essay Coaching – Review Student Essays Like an Admissions Rep.

High school counselors are often called upon to guide students through the college essay writing process. Lacking sufficient time to guide students from beginning to end, they generally focus on one of two things: 1) Helping students choose topics; or 2) Reviewing completed essays. This course focuses on essay reviews, and provides insight into what colleges are looking for and how counselors can use their limited resources to help their students write application essays that stand out. This course consists of five webinars and resources from Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute: There are a total of 7.0 training hours to equal 7.0 SCECH hours.

  • Webinar 1: When Students Believe They “Can’t Write”
    Have you ever heard, “I can’t write”? Whether they are math and science geniuses, or ESL students, kids who lack confidence and find the essay daunting present challenges to all of us. We’ll discuss ways to help struggling writers find and love their voices, and feel comfortable and confident about their words and messages.
  • Webinar 2: Get In, Get Out and Get It Right: The 30-minute Essay Review
    It should never take more than 30 minutes to review a student essay if you know what to look for and what to set aside. We’ll show you how to create guidelines and templates to simplify your review process so you can comment on content first, followed by structure and then polish. You’ll learn to clarify content issues up front, encourage more creative structure and address poor writing skills among native and non-native speakers.
  • Webinar 3: Early Drafts: Embracing the Messy Middle
    What does it mean to think like a writer, and why should you try? We talk about non-linear revision and how to improve student drafts by noticing everything, then parceling out suggestions a few at a time.
  • Webinar 4: Dismantling the Scaffold: Dull Openings and Other Structural Problems
    Learn how to move seamlessly from content to structure by helping students do the hard work with pride and purpose. We explore what to do when the essay’s best line is buried in the third paragraph, and other common challenges.
  • Webinar 5: Enough Is Enough: Letting Go of the Imperfect Essay
    Streamline your editing skills to save time and aggravation. We discuss polishing essays without going too far, along with how to prepare students to respectfully deal with well-meaning adults who ask to read their finished essays.

College Essay Coaching – Getting Students Started with Limited Time

English teachers are often called upon to guide students through the college essay writing process. Without insight into how college application essays differ from other types of school writing assignments, they unknowingly point students in the wrong direction, emphasizing the quality of the writing over the depth of reflection. This course focuses on how English teachers can help students choose meaningful topics, and provides insight into what colleges are looking for so students can write application essays that stand out. This course consists of three webinars and resources from Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute. There are a total of 5.0 training hours to equal 5.0 SCECH hours.

  • Webinar 1: Listening 201: Elements of a Great Idea
    Get that great idea on paper without feeling like you’re pulling teeth. We discuss brainstorming techniques, student voice and how to help young people recognize their own best ideas. We also talk about how to align student, parent and professional expectations to make the most of the essay-writing process.
  • Webinar 2: What We Say and What They Hear
    What do you mean when you tell students to share their passions? Avoid clichés? Stay away from controversial subjects? What do these statements mean to young writers? We will discuss strategies for clarifying your essay-related messages so students understand exactly what colleges are looking for and how they can stand out. We explore messages, meaning and misinterpretation to help you conserve time and energy, and get better results.
  • Webinar 3: Brainstorming Techniques that Work Like Magic
    We ask our students to come to their brainstorming appointments with at least four story ideas. What happens when those ideas are weak, cliché or incomplete? We’ll use real examples to demonstrate how we turn uninspired ideas into meaningful essay topics by focusing on process instead of product. Learn how to encourage reflection so students own their ideas and write better first drafts.

College Essay Coaching – Review Student Essays Like an Admissions Rep.

English teachers are often called upon to guide students through the college essay writing process. Without insight into how college application essays differ from other types of school writing assignments, they unknowingly point students in the wrong direction, emphasizing the quality of the writing over the depth of reflection. This course focuses on how English teachers can most effectively review student essays, and provides insight into what colleges are looking for so students can write application essays that stand out. This course consists of five webinars and resources from Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute: There are a total of 7.0 training hours to equal 7.0 SCECH hours.

  • Webinar 1: When Students Believe They “Can’t Write”
    Have you ever heard, “I can’t write”? Whether they are math and science geniuses, or ESL students, kids who lack confidence and find the essay daunting present challenges to all of us. We’ll discuss ways to help struggling writers find and love their voices, and feel comfortable and confident about their words and messages.
  • Webinar 2: Get In, Get Out and Get It Right: The 30-minute Essay Review
    It should never take more than 30 minutes to review a student essay if you know what to look for and what to set aside. We’ll show you how to create guidelines and templates to simplify your review process so you can comment on content first, followed by structure and then polish. You’ll learn to clarify content issues up front, encourage more creative structure and address poor writing skills among native and non-native speakers.
  • Webinar 3: Early Drafts: Embracing the Messy Middle
    What does it mean to think like a writer, and why should you try? We talk about non-linear revision and how to improve student drafts by noticing everything, then parceling out suggestions a few at a time.
  • Webinar 4: Dismantling the Scaffold: Dull Openings and Other Structural Problems
    Learn how to move seamlessly from content to structure by helping students do the hard work with pride and purpose. We explore what to do when the essay’s best line is buried in the third paragraph, and other common challenges.
  • Webinar 5: Enough Is Enough: Letting Go of the Imperfect Essay
    Streamline your editing skills to save time and aggravation. We discuss polishing essays without going too far, along with how to prepare students to respectfully deal with well-meaning adults who ask to read their finished essays.

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