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2018-2019 Advanced Course on Argument

AdvCourseWritingWe too often equate “argument” with the words of cable news talking heads who spout their own perspective without listening to other viewpoints on issues. Our year-long advanced course on argument invites students to see argument as a conversation exploring multiple perspectives and sources. Ultimately, we want our students to be engaged citizens who are motivated to better understand the complexity of issues important to them. We will engage with the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program in order to sharpen skills and pedagogy around teaching argumentative writing. The College, Career and Community Writers’ Program was developed by the NWP over the past five years to improve the argument writing of students in grades 6-12 by introducing teachers to new instructional practices. There is regular use of formative assessment tools to focus teachers’ analysis of student work.

StaufferFacilitator: Amy Stauffer is an instructional coach in the Oakland Unified School District. Amy first taught elementary school in San Diego to newcomer students for four years. After a year teaching in rural Honduras, she came to Oakland in 2006 and has been here ever since teaching and supporting middle school humanities. Amy believes there is great power in teacher collaboration and is excited to deepen her understanding of argument with a team of educators from around the Bay Area.

 

Douglas - PhotoFacilitator: Curt Douglas is a National Board Certified teacher and instructional coach in Oakland Unified School District.  His first ten years he taught high school English in West Contra Costa Unified–a mix of courses that ranged from freshman reading intervention to AP Language and Composition. Since 2015 he has worked as an instructional coach in Oakland with a focus on helping teachers grow students’ muscle as argumentative readers & writers. He’s continually grateful for opportunities like this one to gather together our best practices and push even higher our vision of what kids might be able to achieve.

What is the Advanced Course on Argument?
What is the College-Ready Writers Program?
When and where is the program?
Who can participate?
Cost of the course
How to register
Discounts
Academic Credits


What is the Advanced Course on Argument?

Engage with the NWP’s College-Ready Writers Program in order to:

  • Sharpen skills and pedagogy around teaching Argumentative Writing
  • Collaborate with educators around the Bay Area
  • Implement parts of the National Writing Projects C3WP mini units

What is the College-Ready Writers Program?

  • The College-Ready Writers’ Program was developed by the National Writing Project over the past four 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 C3WP focuses on recruiting participants who work with high-needs students.

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When and where is the Program?

Summer Launch

  • July 30th- 31st 9am – 4pm at UC Berkeley
    • Understand the program
    • Gain background on argumentation

Academic Year 2018-19

  • 20 hours continued engagement throughout the school year to:
    • Examine student work
    • Reflect on practice
    • Plan units of instruction
    • Participate in professional learning/development
    • Dates:
      • Thursday October 11th 5-7:30pm Edna Brewer Middle School
      • Thursday, November 15th 5-7:30pm Edna Brewer Middle School
      • Thursday, January 31st 6-7pm Google Chat
      • Saturday, March 9th 9am-4pm UC Berkeley
      • Thursday, April 4th 6-7p Google Chat
      • Thursday, May 9th 5-7:30 Edna Brewer Middle School

Who can participate?

6th-12th grade teachers of any subject, and instructional leaders. All participants who complete the institute will receive 3 Continuing Education Units through Dominican University.

Cost of the course

The cost for this year long course is $750.00 and includes 3 continuing education units.

How to register

We are excited to offer an online payment option for our Teacher Professional Development Courses. Please note that additional credit card and processing fees (of $22.30) are included in the total online fee. Please email bawp@berkeley.edu with any questions or to be placed on the waitlist for any full courses.

Option 1: Register Online with a credit card. Click on the title of the course to link to the payment portal.

Online payment portal: PAY ONLINE (credit card)

Option 2: Download the paper registration form: Adv Course Registration Form and pay with either a check or a school purchase order.

The Bay Area Writing Project is an authorized professional development provider under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (otherwise known as No Child Left Behind). Title II funds under this NCLB Act may be used by schools and school districts for “the improvement of the quality of student writing and learning … to improve the teaching of writing and the use of writing as a part of the learning process in our Nation’s classrooms.” (NCLB Act, Subpart 2, Sec. 2332 National Writing Project).Please check with your school district for approval and procedures.

Discounts

Schools and Districts: A discount of 20% is offered to teams of 3 or more teachers attending the same course. Registration must be made at the same time.

Academic Credits

Continuing Education Units are included in the cost of this course. All participants who complete the institute will receive 3 Continuing Education Units through Dominican University.