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Cheryl York McDonough

Cheryl York McDonough became a consultant/presenter for Collins Education Associates in 2002. That role evolved into her current positions as School Improvement Facilitator and Online Coordinator.  She started her career in education as an English teacher and went on to become a humanities department chair, a curriculum director, a school principal and most recently the director of a project-based alternative middle/high school which was named the New Hampshire School of Promise. She has always been committed to creating a variety of learning options for all students as a way of supporting her belief that one size fits all education does not work.

A New Hampshire native, Ms. McDonough graduated from Keene State College with a degree in English and completed work on both a principal’s and a superintendent’s certificate through Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire.  She is also an attorney, having earned her Juris Doctorate Degree at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts. For nine years, Ms. McDonough served as the Chair of the Kensington New Hampshire School Board and was also both chair and member of the SAU 16 (Exeter Area) Joint Board. Ms. McDonough has been included several times in Who’s Who Among America’s Educators and also in the Who’s Who of American Women.

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The Collins Writing Program delivers high-quality, professional development and student materials to improve critical thinking,  written communication skills and subject area knowledge. We are committed to the notion that writing should not be isolated to the ELA classroom.  We believe that students can only become competent and confident writers when they realize that writing is a skill that crosses disciplinary and/or departmental lines.  We have worked with thousands of schools, a quarter million teachers and countless students over the last 30 years.  We have used our K-12 cross disciplinary approach to improve instruction and assessment, as well as build student writing stamina and fluency.

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Writing in Career and Technical Programs

This is a writing course which is appropriate for integration in any CTE program.
Grades 9 - 12  

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Overview

Literacy is an essential skill for career readiness. The Collins framework provides teachers with the tools for incorporating both reading and writing into any career or technical area. Students will complete assignments authentic to their area as they practice the writing necessary for success in their career or technical focus. The lessons and assignments not only encourage literacy, they demand strong career and technical understanding.  Teachers in these areas will be given the tools to instruct, assess and support writing appropriate to their areas.

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Outcomes

This course supports student success in career and technical areas. The Units include:

Communication in the Workplace, Including

Email, Memo, and Letter Writing Telephone Skills

Getting the Job, Including

Resume Writing, Cover Letter, Interview Preparation, Follow-up

Writing to Learn in a CTE Program

Describe a Tool or Piece of Equipment, Interview and Describe an Expert, Read and Summarize Technical Articles, Compare/ Contrast Essential Tools and Processes

Becoming an Expert

Make Recommendations for Future Students, Create a How-To Guide, Complete a Safety Inspection

End of Course Portfolio

Students Will Leave with a Portfolio Highlighting Achievements

Identifying Personal Strengths
Identifying and Overcoming Challenges
Building Self-Advocacy
Developing Self-Determination
Interpersonal Skills
Setting Personal Goals
Cultivating Communication Skills
Exploring Career Options
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Rationale

Current research in education aligns with the Collins education foundational premise that literacy is a measure of genuine college AND career readiness.  We know that students cannot be proficient in literacy without practicing the necessary skills in all areas.  We are aligned with state and national standards. The Collins framework has been used by hundreds of schools, and thousands of teachers and students over the last 30 years. We have used our K-12 cross disciplinary approach to improve instruction and assessment results as well as build student writing stamina and fluency in many CTE schools nationwide.

Testimonials

"Collins Writing is a cross curricular, easy to implement, writing program. It can be effectively used for all grades and all ability levels. Focus Area Corrections (FCAs) are differentiated to meet student needs and Collins Writing provides terrific organization to your course writing requirements. Writing performance improves through the additional practice through all subjects."

Gina Russell
Reading Specialist
Airport Community Schools, Michigan

"We are a non-traditional and project-based learning environment.  Collins Writing has given our faculty the opportunity to use common language in the creation of projects, which always include writing,  across the curriculum. The assignment templates provide students with all the information they need to successfully exhibit the knowledge they have gained in their courses. The focus correction areas are well-suited for measuring competence in the common core standards and other learning targets and provide teachers in any area with the tools necessary to assess writing effectively.  Focus areas also clarify for students and parents what is being assessed.  Students like knowing what is expected of them and what it is they will be assessed on." 

Stacey Clark, M.A., M.A.T.
Assistant Director for Curriculum/Alternative Learning Pathways
English Teacher
Project Coach and Adviser
Great Bay School
Exeter, NH

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Writing in Career Technical Programs

This course is applicable to all CTE programs. Lessons and assignments are authentic to each career or technical focus. Students will develop the skills necessary for effective writing in their area. The lessons and assignments will not only encourage literacy, they will demand strong career and technical understanding and application. Teachers are given the tools to instruct, assess and support writing appropriate to their CTE course.  

Professional development and coaching is available to support implementation of Collins Writing. For additional information, call: (800) 932-4477.

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Cheryl York McDonough

Cheryl York McDonough became a consultant/presenter for Collins Education Associates in 2002. That role evolved into her current positions as School Improvement Facilitator and Online Coordinator...

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