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Excellent summer PD for teachers

2019 OPEN Header.jpgPlease join us for an intellectual adventure this summer. Plunge into your own writing, grab some new classroom strategies and explore fresh ideas!

2019 Course Offerings
2019 Course Descriptions
How to Register
Discounts
Academic Credit


2019 Professional Development Course Offerings

Applied Grammar for Teachers:
Why, What, How & When?

June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
Mercy HS, San Francisco
Room TBA
$545.00
Room to Write: A time and space to celebrate TeacherWords
June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$330.00
Beyond the Research Paper: Methods to Elevate Civic Discourse
June 24, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – College Level Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$100.00
Tuning the Choir:
Facilitating Equity Conversations

June 25 – June 28, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – College Level Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$440.00
Building a Writing Program in the Elementary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$330.00
Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$545.00
Argumentative Writing for College, Career and Community
July 29 – August 1, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$280.00
Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers
August 5 – August 9, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
Redwood HS, Marin
Multipurpose Room
$330.00

2019 Course Descriptions

Applied Grammar for Teachers: Why, What, How & When?
June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132]
$545.00

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.

Paul Morris is an assistant professor of English at San Francisco State University where he coordinates the English education program and teaches composition.  Previously, he taught English at secondary school in the UK.  He has presented at national conferences (NCTE, CEE) and published in peer-reviewed journals, on a range of topics: teacher education and learning transfer, reading strategies (annotation), and writing processes (prewriting; editing).  He is particularly interested in the intersections of literacy, grammar, and rhetoric.  He is currently writing articles on inquiry-approaches to composition and on planning principles for grammar instruction.
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Room to Write: A time and space to celebrate TeacherWords
June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$330.00

Have you been attending to the writing of students you teach, not finding room to write yourself? Have you been storing up ideas all year for your own writing? And when you do have a moment to write and reflect, could your writer’s mind use a jumpstart? Have a book, a play, a blog in mind for yourself?

Room to Write might be the answer. A week-long writing workshop for and with other teachers. Your chance to reflect and write about things you have been wanting to get out and onto the page. An opportunity to play with words, images, ideas. Inspiration from a range of prompts and your fellow writers.

Join this writing and response workshop held on the UC Berkeley campus and make the room to write in your life.

Sessions provide the opportunity to:

  • generate new writing in response to short literary, visual or audio “invitations”
  • claim the time and space to write
  • share and receive thoughtful feedback on this fresh writing

This workshop is appropriate for writers with all levels of experience writing in all genres. Come ready to write, receive response, and to respond to others. Learn strategies to support your own writing all year long.

Space will be provided for conversation with other interested teachers about translating your experience as a writer into your practice as a teacher. All grade levels. Writers not in the classroom are encouraged to enroll as well.

Marty Williams, poet and Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, has taught writing in public schools, community projects, and small groups with writers of all ages. She is a trained Amherst Writers & Artists workshop facilitator. Marty is is currently working on a manuscript of poems about her hometown, Oakland, CA, and her homeground, where she grew up in Alaska. She loves writing with others and believes writing can change our lives and the world around us. Marty has co-coordinated the Writing Project’s monthly literary reading series for 23 years, and is always looking to support writers, children and adults, in their sharing of the word.
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Beyond the Research Paper: Project-Based Methods to Elevate Civic Discourse 
June 24, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – College Level Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$100.00

Now more than ever teachers need to design writing prompts that aim to elevate civic discourse. In this session, participants will experience project-based, student-centered methods that promote critical questioning and bring the researched argument to life – especially for Long-Term English Learners. Each practice is designed to spark lively student-to-student discussion about complex text. Ultimately, these discussions serve as bridges to authentic argumentative writing. By emphasizing the reading, writing, speaking connection, project-based methods honor the diverse linguistic assets our students possess and encourage them to advocate for changes needed in their communities. Texts used during the workshop will focus on the theme of restorative justice, but materials are easily adaptable to other themes. The session is ideal for humanities and English courses taught at the secondary or college level.

Kristin Land has been teaching English literature and composition courses in Hayward, CA for 17 years. She has taught high school and community college. She aims to provide a culturally relevant, constructivist pedagogy and to engage linguistically diverse students in a rigorous, social justice oriented curriculum that honors their voices as writers and thinkers. Since 2012 and in partnership with Carmen Johnston, she has been supporting advanced equity conversations among her colleagues from a wide-range of disciplines, including faculty in STEM, ESL, English, social sciences, and business. Her practice is informed by principles from the National Equity Project, The Puente Project, and BAWP.
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Tuning the Choir: Facilitating Equity Conversations with Colleagues to Improve Campus & Classroom Climate
June 25 – June 28, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – College Level Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$440.00

Do you want want to deepen your understanding of equity in a supportive environment? Are you ready to strengthen your cadre of colleagues who not only understand foundational concepts of equity but also feel empowered to interrupt inequity as it arises in their own classrooms and around campus? Join us for a workshop that focuses on building equity inquiry groups among colleagues so that your choir can sing more harmoniously. Participants will engage in writing and relationship-building activities that serve as the foundation for sustaining this vital work. The presenters will share a framework that they have used to amplify an advanced awareness of equity across campus. By the end of the three-day session, participants will walk away with resources and an initial plan to take responsibility for interrupting inequity on their own campus community. The workshop is appropriate for K-College instructors. Participants are encouraged to sign-up in pairs from the same site to maximize the learning.

Carmen Johnston has over twenty five years of experience in education, youth development and teaching. Carmen is dedicated to providing anti-biased, anti-racist, equitable educational experiences for all students. She is the co-founder of the Change It Now! Social justice leadership learning community at Chabot College. For the last five years Carmen has worked with Kristin Land developing and supporting faculty inquiry groups focused on equity and leading equity retreats with faculty and staff at Chabot College.

Kristin Land has been teaching English literature and composition courses in Hayward, CA for 17 years. She has taught high school and community college. She aims to provide a culturally relevant, constructivist pedagogy and to engage linguistically diverse students in a rigorous, social justice oriented curriculum that honors their voices as writers and thinkers. Since 2012 and in partnership with Carmen Johnston, she has been supporting advanced equity conversations among her colleagues from a wide-range of disciplines, including faculty in STEM, ESL, English, social sciences, and business. Her practice is informed by principles from the National Equity Project, The Puente Project, and BAWP.
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Building a Writing Program in the Elementary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$330.00

In this workshop we will explore research based routines, structures, and strategies for building a robust writing program for young writers. Strategies include writing to build community, writing as sense making, writing in academic forms, and writing for self expression and reflection. We will consider issues of equity as well as incorporate aspects of social and emotional learning standards throughout each session. Teachers will have time to plan and support one another by sharing personal expertise and experiences.

Aija Simmons spends her time coaching teachers and supporting the many BAWP programs designed to improve 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.
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Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$545.00

We all want our students to write more and to greater effect, but how do we make this happen? How do we build memorable and meaningful writing lessons that generate thoughtful content and address the needs of both our strongest student writers and our most struggling student writers? What are strategies for helping English Learners and for building students’ skills that meet the new Common Core Standards? What about cultivating academic language in the classroom? And how do we do all of this without drowning in paper? In short, how do energize or re-energize ourselves as teachers of writing so that we can engage students in the power of the written word? Join this class led by veteran educator, M. Clare LePell where she’ll address these questions and more. In a highly collegial setting:

  • experience interactive teaching demonstrations that will give you new ideas and greater confidence in your lessons
  • acquire hard and soft copies of specific instructional strategies for immediate use with your students
  • write frequently and share your writing in small groups
  • explore questions about the teaching of writing through discussions of selected readings
  • develop lessons using your own curriculum and texts and ready to use in the fall.

Please note that there will be some homework assignments, including: reading articles, drafting personal writing, and developing curriculum.

M. Clare LePell is celebrating her 31st year as a classroom teacher in Castro Valley and has been a BAWP Teacher Consultant since 1993. As the former head of a school/university partnership with a focus on adolescent literacy, Ms. LePell has developed secondary reading and writing curricula and led multiple professional development activities.
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Argumentative Writing for College, Career and Community
July 29 – August 1, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$280.00

Argument is everywhere!  Whether speaking and writing on-demand in school and on the job, or composing a text for publication in magazines or blogs, the ability to construct evidence based, nuanced claims and acknowledge the strengths and limits of multiple perspectives is crucial.  The National Writing Project’s College, Career and Community Writing Project Program (C3WP) provides an entry point into the teaching strategies that can support the growth of argumentative thinking, discourse, and writing.  In these four half-day sessions, we will explore NWP’s College, Career and Community Writing Project Program, practice argument, and develop an approach to teaching argument in our classrooms.  You will be able to implement this program immediately in the 2019-2020 school year!

Ari Dolid is an Instructional Coach in the San Leandro Unified School District, focusing on English Language Arts, Project Based Learning, and strategic integration of technology. He has led C3WP Professional Development for the Bay Area Writing Project for two years, for middle and high school teachers in the Bay Area.
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Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers
August 5 – August 9, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939]
$330.00

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.
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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 $20.00) 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.

Option 2: Download the paper registration form: 2019 Open Registration Form (pdf) and pay with either a check or a school purchase order.

2019 Open Registration Form (pdf)

IMG_4952.jpgThe 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 Credit: 

Continuing Education Units are available for all of our courses through Dominican University. How to get credits through Dominican University: All credits are optional and are provided through Dominican Universities School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Enrollment forms for the units will be available on the first day of class and can be paid with either a check or cash. We cannot accept credit cards.

One credit is awarded for each 15 hours of class time. Partial credits available for courses running less than 15 hours.

 

Teen Writers – join us on Friday evenings

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Have you ever felt that sense of discovery when you have written your thoughts down? Do you need a creative outlet away from the pressures of grades and competition? Whether poetry, journaling or fiction, or a mash up of all of them, this class is a place to play! With many provocative, artistic experiments, we will unleash your creativity to help you explore who you are. Each class will invite you to try something new, read, and make art in a low pressure environment.

  • Dates: Fridays, 10/19/2018 – 12/14/2018 (no 11/23/18)
  • Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West (new GSE building)
  • Times: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Grades: 9th through 12th
  • Cost: $225 (paper form, check and cash only) $245 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Teen Writing. Food for the Soul Registration Packet (pdf)

Teacher bio:

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 8.39.12 AM.pngAryn Faur is a passionate, veteran Berkeley high school English teacher who lives a double life as an editor of her friends and former classmates. She has taught the BAWP’s young writer’s camp and teen camps for many summers. She also has a stack of her own writing that gets written in between bedtime stories, the 5 minutes her kids are in the bath, and the rare moments her two small children are actually asleep.  She believes in the power of writing to help young people integrate difficult/transformational experiences and to help them craft their own identity. 

Fall: Young Writers Workshop – now accepting registrations!

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During our 8 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: Wednesdays, 10/17/2018 – 12/12/2018 (no 11/21/18)
  • Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West (new GSE building)
  • Times: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Grades: 4th through 8th
  • Cost: $225 (paper form, check and cash only) $245 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Young Writers Workshop 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.