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Teacher Summer PD: Access, Communication and Self Expression: Supporting Writers in the Elementary Classroom
In this workshop we will spend time exploring research based routines, structures, and strategies for building a robust writing program for supporting young writers. Strategies include writing to build community, writing to make sense of content, scaffolding argument writing, and writing as self expression. We will consider issues of equity and ways to support language development in the writing classroom.
Workshop led by Aija Simmons: As the Co-Director of BAWP, Aija spends her time
coaching teachers, facilitating the Weekend Workshop and Saturday Seminar Series and creating the Invitational Summer Institute in the Teaching of Writing. She has been teaching in urban public schools for 15 years. She also facilitates teacher inquiry groups through the Mills Teacher Scholars program. Aija enjoys creative writing and blogging in her down time.
June 26 – 30, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
*This workshop takes place in Oakland at Community United Elementary School
For more information and to register visit: bayareawritingproject.org/summerPD
Spring Writing Workshop!
invigorate your writing – respond to prompts across several genres
refine your instruction – explore strategies to promote fluency
enrich your collegial circle – learn about writing programs throughout the Bay Area and form small groups to coach and encourage
reflect, redirect, renew – enjoy the energy and inspiration BAWP offers
Both classes facilitated by BAWP TC Meredith Pike-Baky and held at Redwood High School in Larkspur, conveniently located off 101 and strategically situated at the hub of three independent bookstores (!)
“…a wonderfully enriching week of writing and thinking on the teaching of writing!”
“…a wealth of ideas to work from in designing a great writing program…”
“…extremely useful, fulfilling and renewing processes for teachers…”
Register now and tell your friends! *Note – all classes held in Larkspur at Redwood High School
Spring’15 Write toTeach Registration Form (
$300 Now $250 – make check payable to UC Regents)
Online Registration (
$315 Now $265 – includes credit card processing fees)
Spring Write to Teach (pdf)
Registration Questions? Contact BAWP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Workshop Questions? Contact Meredith Pike-Baky (email@example.com)
2035 Ashby Avenue at Adeline in Berkeley (very close to Ashby BART)
Sunday, February 9, 2014 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Writers from Cancer in Other Words
Since 2005, Autumn Stephens has led Cancer in Other Words, an ongoing series of expressive writing workshops for cancer survivors in the East Bay. She also teaches private writing classes and is a former co-editor of The East Bay Monthly magazine. The author of the Wild Women series of women’s history and humor, she has edited two anthologies of personal essays, Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick and The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wed Wives. Autumn is a trained Amherst Artists and Writers workshop facilitator. She lives in Berkeley with her nuclear family.
Lauren Carley sings early music with the Renaissance quintet Schola Adventus, teaches The Joy of Singing for UC Berkeley and SF State, leads community choruses and maintains a private vocal studio. This September she will lead a Venetian singing retreat punctuated by walks along the calles of mystery writer Donna Leon’s protagonist Detective Brunetti.
Tina Cavallaro, an Oakland resident for the last six years, is originally from the L.A. area. Her writing has appeared in the Clothesline Project through the L.A. Women’s Council and in a calendar for cancer patients.
Carol Dorf’s poems appear in Antiphon, Qarrtsiluni, Spillway, OVS, Canary, Sin Fronteras, In Posse Review, Poemeleon, Fringe, Moira, Unlikely Stories, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, Maintenant, The Prose Poem Project, and The Mom Egg. They have been anthologized in Not A Muse, Best of Indie New England, Boomer Girls, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing.
Lior Jacober has been writing under Autumn’s tutelage for seven years. She especially enjoys the camaraderie and cross-pollination of writing in group. When not writing, she can be found teaching second graders how to write (and do math,) hiking around the Bay Area, and baking pies.
Patricia Reynolds Sorbye is a certified Hypnotherapist, in private practice in Oakland, California. Diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, she is now cancer-free, and has happily found support and creative outlet at Cancer In Other Words.
Dorrie Slutsker lives in Oakland, California with her sister, two dogs and two cats. She came to writing through Cancer in Other Words to cope with her cancer experiences. She is working on her memoirs.
Inbal Kashtan is trying live her dreams for as long as she can, including writing plays, long and short, a few of which have been seen lately on both coasts. B.C. (before cancer), she co-founded a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world that works for all, a passion that now infuses her writing. Her family is an ongoing dream come true.
Nancy McKay received a terminal diagnosis twenty years ago. She gives spiritual direction, writes haikus in Hawaii, and delights in her grandchildren.
The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) is a collaborative program between the University of California at Berkeley and Bay Area schools, dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines. One of the founding principles of BAWP suggests that the best teachers of writing also write themselves. This monthly reading is a lively and unique place to hear the powerful voices of teachers and other writers in our rich and varied Bay Area communities.
Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us.
Please contact Judy Bebelaar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-845-5430 with any questions.