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January 20, 2018: Early Literacy Weekend Workshops

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January 20, 2018 Weekend Workshop line-up:

Early Literacy

Young children have fantastic imaginations and are amazing storytellers. Workshops will support primary classroom teachers to support students to understand how their oral composition skills connect to the writing process. Teachers will experience lessons that connect the creative aspects of writing and the mechanics of writing.

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

Location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce
Campus (Fee) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



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

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.

December 2, 2017

Session 1:

Writing in Conversation

Presenter: Liz Murray

Dialogue journal writing helps us communicate and build bonds with our students. Through a written conversation, both teacher and student learn more about each other’s life, interests and particular skills, in a low stakes environment. Emergent writers can engage in dialogue journal writing using a variety of tools including symbols, drawings, beginning print, all of which convey meaning. In this workshop we will engage directly with dialogue journal writing and we will explore its usage in the early elementary grades.

Moving Beyond “I’m Done!”: Leveraging Relationships to Support Elaboration

Presenter: Susannah Young

How can I engage students in meaningful writing experiences?  Beginning with the idea that in order to write students need to feel like their experiences and perspectives are interesting, this workshop will model using student-student conversations as a catalyst for writing longer and stronger.

Session 2:

The Power of Pencils… To Sketch, Note Take, Plan, and Develop Powerful Writing

Presenter: Carol Siddle

In this workshop participants will look at the many writing opportunities students can experience through project based learning and integrating curriculum. Through looking at a real world challenge for first graders,  teachers will explore a multi-sensory and multiple intelligence approach to create a classroom environment that is inclusive of our students’ various strengths as learners.

Genre Writing in the Primary Grades

Presenter: Carrie Johnson

Do you want your students to enjoy writing?  Are you hoping to increase their fluency writing in different subject areas?  Do you struggle with how to increase the conventional accuracy of their texts without stifling their voice? We will share ideas about teaching different genres and across different subjects. This workshop will also touch on using partner talk to help student writers construct ideas and narratives.

$20.00 registration→ 1/20/2018 Registration

Jan. 20th WWorkshop 2018 (pdf flyer)

Teaching Digital Writing in the age of the SBAC

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Click HERE to Register Online (credit card/ additional fees)

Print 2018 SBAC Registration Form to Register through the mail (check or school PO)

Digital writing not only involves typing proficiency, but also a unique approach to crafting, organizing, and revising content and language.  How can we simultaneously develop students’ skills to engage in this 21st century competency, and also prepare them for completing the performance task writing on the SBAC?  Join BAWP for this four session hybrid open program course where you’ll go through a cyclical process to engage in digital writing experiences, draft an overarching strategy for supporting digital writers in your classroom, implement activities in your classroom, and reflect on your teaching practice.

This open program is appropriate for educators in grades 3-12
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

January 25, 2018: Characteristics of Digital Writing in Life and On the Test
February 1, 2018: The Digital Writing Process
February 8, 2018: Balancing Process and Product – ONLINE MEETING
February 15, 2018: Timed Writing and Process Writing

All sessions, except February 8th, will take place at
San Leandro High School, 2200 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro CA 94577.  Room TBD.
Cost: $220

Email Ari Dolid (adolid@gmail.com) with questions about the content. Email (bawp@berkeley.edu) the main office with questions about registration.

After School Writers Club: Now Accepting Registrations


Join an after school club of enthusiastic young writers! During our 10 weeks together, you’ll work toward personal writing goals and learn more about the craft of writing with the support of expert writing teachers. Each session will include an opportunity to write, get feedback, and share among peers who love writing as much as you do. Invite your family, friends, & fans to our final session, a public reading to celebrate your writing.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 1/9 – 3/13
  • Location: Tolman Hall, Room 3635 (UC Berkeley)
  • Times: 4:00 – 5:30p
  • Grades: 4th through 8th
  • Cost: $250 (paper form, check and cash only) $265 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Writers Club Registration Packet (pdf)

Teacher bios:

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 3.45.09 PMMarty Williams has taught writing for three decades, in schools, community projects, and writing workshops. A poet, she is is currently working on a manuscript of poems about her current hometown, Oakland, CA, and her homeground, where she grew up in Alaska.  She loves writing with others and believes we can help one another so our writing can change our lives and the world around us.


Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 3.45.16 PMA storyteller at heart and a teacher by training, Sara Niesen delights in fanning the writing flames in young people. Sara taught for 10 years and now, as founder of Mind My Education, she helps students take charge of their learning – so they can write the stories of their lives instead of simply playing the roles laid out for them.