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Are English Language Learners (ELLs) an increasing population in your class? Are you exploring ways to best meet their academic needs? This workshop dives into instructional practices and strategies that address the specific needs of ELL students and how to scaffold their language and literacy development. Collaborate with other teachers to learn engaging, student-centered activities so ELLs can read, write and speak confidently in your classroom.

Viet-Ly Gonzalez taught history and language arts in middle school for eight years in Oakland Unified. She currently works as a language specialist in the ELLMA (English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement) office of OUSD. Outside of work, she trains in martial arts and is always searching for new, delicious recipes.

Summer Institute 11July 24 – 28, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
4th – 12th GradeTeachers
*This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley

For more information and to register visit: bayareawritingproject.org/summerPD

Teacher Summer PD: Applied Grammar for Teachers: Why, What, How and When?

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This course takes a practical approach to grammar instruction, focusing on methods that work best to improve student writing.  We will look at exciting ways to advance students’ “sentence power” but also to improve their sentence correctness.  It assumes that the best approaches to grammar instruction tend to be ones that closely match what effective writers do when they compose and correct sentences.  It also assumes that students learn best through constructivist classroom practices such as inquiry, collaboration, focused practice, and modeling, integrated within a purposeful curriculum.

We will inquire into the why, what, how, and when of grammar instruction, building a logical and adaptable framework for planning and sequencing, and developing principles that will help teachers make informed choices for their students and their curricular goals. We will examine a variety of activities, scaffolds (deductive and inductive), and tasks to best serve students, including English language learners.  Sessions will focus on language variety, and code-switching; sentence rhetoric and style; issues of correctness (learning how to diagnose, prioritize and respond to error); and planning within and between lessons—with a particular eye to being both systematic and contextual in our designs.

cropped-nwp40anni0117.jpg June 19 – 23, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th grade Teachers
*This workshop takes place at UC Berkele

For more information and to register visit: bayareawritingproject.org/summerPD

Teacher Summer PD: Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers

Join us for a week of mornings writing, sharing, reflecting, reading, and revising. Become a better writer and a better teacher of writing. This workshop offers rich opportunities for teachers at all grade levels and any writing experience level to explore a range of writing genres and practical, classroom-tested writing strategies. The workshop fosters a warm and encouraging community of writers where participants read inspiring models, collaborate in small groups and collect ideas and materials for teaching. This year we’ll feature strategies for information and argument writing, reflected in the Common Core Standards. This class sits solidly on the Bay Area Writing Project’s belief that teachers become better teachers of writing by writing themselves. Participants contribute to an in-class anthology.

Meredith Pike-Baky has been involved in English language education for most of her career, planning and conducting programs for teachers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and more recently in Rwanda, Burundi and Singapore. Meredith created the Writing Workshop for Teachers out of her love of writing and belief in the power of teachers’ writing and telling their stories.

June 19 – 23, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
*This workshop takes place in Marin at Redwood High School in Larkspur

For more information and to register visit: bayareawritingproject.org/summerPD