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2017-18 Advanced Institute

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It is an opportunity to engage with the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program in order to:

  • Sharpen skills and pedagogy around teaching Argumentative Writing

  • Pilot CRWP to determine (quality) if we want to facilitate learning for other teachers to implement CRWP for the 2018-19 school year

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The College-Ready Writers’ Program was developed by the National Writing Project over the past three years to improve the argument writing of students in grades 6-12 by introducing teachers to new instructional practices.

  • The program involves intensive professional development to support classroom implementation.

  • Teachers receive a set of NWP-developed curricular resources including “mini-units” for argument writing.

  • There is regular use of formative assessment tools to focus teachers’ analysis of student work.

  • The CRWP focuses on recruiting participants who work with high-needs students.

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Summer Launch (1 graduate credit, 10 hours)

  • Aug 3 – 4, 2017 9am – 4pm at UC Berkeley

    • Understand the program

    • Gain background on argumentation

Academic Year 2017-18 (3 graduate credits, 30 hours)

  • 22 hours continued engagement throughout the school year (TBD):

    • Examine student work

    • Reflect on practice

    • Plan units of instruction

    • Participate in professional learning/development


Bay Area 6-12 grade teachers of any subject, and instructional leaders may apply. Participants who complete the entire program will be stipended $650


By April 30th, please submit linked application