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Now Registering: Feb 8 Weekend Workshops

Come join practicing Teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms. The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the teaching of writing.

February 8, 2020 Registration ($25.00) HERE

—  Groups of 3 or more get a 20% discount (must register at the same time and the discount automatically deducted during check out)

February 8, 2020 Weekend Workshop

Writing Across the Disciplines

Writing has never been the exclusive domain of English teachers. Teachers of all subjects have the potential to not only offer students space to make sense of ideas, but also to build comfort with the kinds of writing that exist in different disciplines. These workshops explore the importance of consistently embedding writing into content lessons across disciplines. Workshops will focus on routines, strategies and tools for understanding content and developing composition skills.

This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

Location: UC Berkeley, 2121 Berkeley Way (Brand new Graduate School of Education building), 1st floor foyer
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free Saturday street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce or metered parking ($) on streets surrounding the building.
Campus ($) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



Check-in and Coffee: 8:45 am
Opening Remarks: 8:50 am
Session 1: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Session 2: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

February 8, 2020

Session 1:

Don’t Think Twice—Prince vs. Michael Jackson: Argumentative Writing in the Humanities
Presenter: Carla Williams-Namboodiri

Two iconic musicians who topped the charts of the 1980s helped redefine looks, attitudes and designs of a decade. In retrospective, their careers seemed like shadow boxing. But who would win? Using primary and secondary sources, participants examine artifacts of Prince and MJ’s lives. Considering the historical significance of two artists, we will assess the validity of our own thinking, while anticipating counter evidence and opposition to asserted claims. This workshop is geared toward middle to high school teachers interested in historical writing that addresses social and cultural movements.

New Literacies & Pop Culture
Presenter: July Westhale

This workshop explores how to construct a textbookless classroom utilizing popular culture, media, and new literacies as a way of increasing access. The focus is on creating a “live” classroom that is not bound by traditional disciplines. Content centers on work with community college students, but is easily modified for all grade levels.

Session 2:

Presenter: Jodi Freedman

In this workshop, teachers will learn how to incorporate simple tools into the writing process to make literary or historical figures come alive. Through examining their own teacher practices and beliefs, teachers will discover how to help students find their own voice and connections to literature and history. This workshop is appropriate for grades 5 through high school and can be incorporated into English, history, humanities or acting classrooms.

State Your Claim
Presenter: Aijeron Simmons

In this workshop we will try out strategies to support students to write across the science genres. These strategies include science notebooks, science posters, and journal publishing. We will explore sensemaking strategies that support students to write about what they are learning. This workshop is most applicable to elementary and middle school teachers.

Future Workshops

Voice, Identity, Access and Equity –  April 25, 2020

Classrooms can provide courageous spaces for exploring collective and individual identities.  Writing often plays a critical role in this exploration and provides a humanizing lens through which students can see each others’ experiences. These workshops will focus on strategies, protocols and content that support students to contribute their stories, share their truths and invite others into conversation through writing.