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Welcome to the 2019 High AIMS Summer Institute! 

High AIMS is a consortium of 30 public school districts in southwest Ohio. Fairfield City Schools will serve as this year’s host to 2,000+ educators for our 6th annual Summer Institute. We will offer two nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and 250 breakout sessions as teachers and administrators immerse themselves in dynamic and inspiring professional learning.


                                          August 1-2, 2019                                                                                            Held at Fairfield High School
                                          8:30 am - 4:00 pm                                                                                           8800 Holden Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                   Fairfield, OH 45014

Keynotes:        August 1 - Hall Davidson
                         August 2 - Ron Clark

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Thursday, August 1 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
A Teacher Toolkit for Argumentative Writing (90 min) LIMITED

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To prepare students for argumentative writing on the EOCs, I created a unit based on my learning from the Ohio Writing Project (OWP) and several professional development books including Texts and Lessons, The Journey Is Everything, and 180 Days.

Participants will be led through the process of annotating articles, creating claims, identifying reasons, constructing a counterargument, producing a rebuttal, blending sources, and organizing their thoughts into a cohesive multi-paragraph essay. After completing the practice essay, I then continue the unit with an argumentative research paper where we follow a similar process for students to complete independently.

I plan to provide several strategies that could be used in a multitude of writing genres and materials that you can photocopy and use the next year.

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Cindy Deatherage

English Teacher, ELA Department Chair, Forest Hills School District
I started teaching in 2001 at Conner High School after completing my bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. I completed my master’s degree in Educational Administration at Xavier University in 2006 and received my principal’s license. I joined Anderson High... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
HS 3408