OHIO'S interscholastic WRITING LEAGUE for adolescents & young adults

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There's a lot to love about PenOhio. It's why we've tripled in size year after year.

Registration is only available online this year. No mail-in registrations will be accepted. Registration is open from now through December 31, 2018. 

PenOhio is a curriculum-centered program. We believe in helping teachers become connected with tools and resources to improve writing instruction throughout the academic year. We use tournament experiences to help identify outstanding works that can be used as models of excellence in the classroom.

Schools and teachers who join PenOhio can look forward to the following major benefits in the 2018-2019 membership year:

  • PenOhio's 8-Week Online Workshop Series begins Tuesday, October 9, 2018. These after-school sessions are made available to all PenOhio member schools. We will try to tape sessions and post them to YouTube for those of you who cannot attend live webcasts. Early Registration is encouraged so Schools can benefit from instruction, as it helps Teams succeed in competitions. Please see the Workshops Page for more details.

  • The 2018 edition of PenOhio's original eBook of Winners, an interactive teaching tool linking winning tournament works to ODE Standards, is scheduled for release in October. The eBook contains Teaching Tips that make it an classroom companion.

  • PenOhio's Regional Tournament Championship Series kicks of January 18 & 19, 2019, at Oberlin College & Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. Major Regionals serving 7/8 & 9-12 Divisions will be offered throughout Ohio from January through March, 2019. PenOhio stages Regional Championship Tournaments based on total Registration. Therefore, Regional Tournament sites will be announced in November 2018.

  • PenOhio's 2019 State Tournaments for 7/8 and 9-12 Divisions will take place on April 12-13, 2019. State tournaments are being held earlier on the school calendar this year in order so that winners can cite accomplishments on college applications, and so that there will be room for a National Finals within the school year calendar. The first National Finals Writing Tournament is scheduled for 2020.

What Does An Investment In PenOhio Buy Teachers & Students?

Register now for PenOhio and your investment will pay great dividends for your students, teachers, and school! 
This brief article is intended to help you understand what it means to belong to Ohio's Interscholastic Writing League for Adolescents & Young Adults.

The hub for your PenOhio experience is right here at penohio.org. You can manage your membership here, and download all the tools and resources you need to coach and manage your team(s).

In 2018-2019, PenOhio is significantly expanding its emphasis on Grade 7-12 instructional support, and will place tournament sites around Ohio only based on school demand. These advancements are designed to assure that PenOhio's three Core Program Units work in unison to meet the needs of high school teachers and students in light of rising Learning Standards and expectations.  To be clear: PenOhio emphasizes instruction. The tournaments we offer support instruction.

PenOhio's Core Program Units are (1) Pre-tournament Online Writing Workshops (8 weeks in the fall); (2) Regional Interscholastic Writing Tournaments (January through early March); and (3) Recognition of the Best at PenOhio's State Tournament in April, and through our eBook of Winners.

eBook of Winners

The eBook of Winners publishes best works from PenOhio tournaments as teaching tools for classroom use. A sample of the eBook of Winners is available below. Simply click on the image to view a sample of the latest edition. The eBook chronicles essays written at PenOhio tournaments, each of which has been analyzed according to ODE's New Learning Standards for WritingEach essay is also adjoined by a page of Teaching Tips, so each can be used as a classroom lesson. The full book is available to all PenOhio teacher-coaches with membership. The eBook can be downloaded as a PDF, or as an iBook from the members portal on the PenOhio website. The iBook version can be particularly valuable as an interactive in-class teaching tool.

Download your FREE SAMPLE of The 2017 PenOhio eBook of Winners here. Your download includes the four chapters of the 30-chapter book. When you join PenOhio, the full version of the eBook is made available to you as part of your annual membership fee.

2017 PenOhio eBook of Winners.Free Sample.ibooks

2017 PenOhio eBook of Winners.Free Sample.pdf

Online Workshops

Please visit the Workshops Page for an in-depth discussion of PenOhio's 8-Week Online Writing Workshops, which takes place beginning October 9, 2018. The workshops consist of mini-lessons hosted by award-winning PenOhio teacher-coaches and are a perfect mini-course to ready team(s) for tournament competition. Please view the sample below to get an idea of what sessions are about.

Interscholastic Tournaments

Based on school demand, PenOhio will be seating Regional Tournaments throughout the State which are within easy reach of all high schools. Regional Tournaments will take place from January through early March 2019. Approximately 50% of the best performers at Regionals will be invited to attend the PenOhio State Finals in April 2019. 

Schools should check the Tournaments Tab on the PenOhio website for the latest Regional and State Tournament scheduling information. 

PenOhio will offer major Regionals in four quadrants of the State, plus Central Ohio. PenOhio's policy is that no tournament can take place in any region unless there are 10 teams enrolled in a division. In the event that Registration closes on December 31 and less than 10 teams are enrolled in any division at any tournament location, registered schools will be given the opportunity to attend their choice of alternate locations. Should a school choose not to attend another Regional, PenOhio does not offer return of membership fees. Please check the Tournament Tab regularly for the most up-to-date information on 2018-2019 scheduling.

Coaches' Corner

Upon Registration and Payment, PenOhio members gain access to the password-protected page on the PenOhio website called the Coaches' Corner. 

The Coaches Corner contains a library of valuable information to help PenOhio coaches do their jobs well, including The PenOhio Tournament Rules of Competition Handbook, Coaches Manual, practice prompts, and eBook of Winners (PDF and iBook downloads). Also contained there is a wealth of information on practical topics, like how to go about raising money to help support your school's writing team, and how to recruit your team. Plus, we've added information to help teachers understand the Holistic Evaluation System that is used to judge work at PenOhio competitions.  And finally, The Coaches Corner contains a directory, so members can connect with other PenOhio teachers in their region, share, and learn from one another.

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    PO Box 13291 
    Akron, OH 44334


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