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Young Writers Camps win Gold!

PP Best Of Bay 2015 Logo GoldThanks for the GOLD San Francisco families!!!

The Bay Area Writing Project was the 2015 Gold winner of Best of Parents’ Press award by the readers in San Francisco for Best Academic Summer Camp!

While we are extremely proud, we are not surprised. We have amazing teachers and eager young writers who make our camps something special. Can’t wait until next summer! Until then, write on!

Check out the link to the 2015 Best Of results, http://www.bestofparentspress.com/2015-best-of-parents-press.html

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New SF Teen Camp — Join us!

We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Japanese American Historical Society and the San Francisco Presidio to offer Teen a writing camp. Join us!!!

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2016 Open Programs accepting registrations

2016 SUmmer Open ProgramsPlease join us for an intellectual adventure this summer! 

Plunge into your own writing, grab some new classroom strategies, explore new ideas and controversies.

All classes take place on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted; registrants will be notified of rooms.  Academic credit is available for some of our courses through Dominican University (15 hours or more required).

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 are offered to teams of teachers.

Visit our 2016 Open Programs page to register today!
June 13 – 17, 2016 June 20 – 24, 2016 July 11 – 15, 2016 August 8 – 12, 2016 
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2016 Open Registration Form (pdf)

Complete the registration form and submit with a check payable to UC Regents to register

Online payment We are excited to offer an online payment option for our Open Programs. An additional credit card use charge of $15 per registration and an online processing fee of $2.30 is included in the online fee. To avoid these additional fees, you can submit payment by check through the mail. Please email the office (bawp@berkeley.edu) with any questions.

How to register and pay online: Click on the workshop you want to register for. It will take you to the registration page. Thanks!

June 13 – 17, 2016

SUN_01PALM OF THE HAND STORIES
June 13 – 16, 2016
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grades: All
Registration Fee $330

Using contemporary short texts as models, we will create work of brevity and concision suitable for blog entries, as vignettes for professional writing, memoir, fiction or prose poem collections. Readings will include stories, flash fiction, prose poems, exquisite paragraphs and short reflective essays. Participants will write half a dozen or more short pieces over the course of the week, revise one or more and contribute to a digital chapbook of our work. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) approach in this workshop to create a supportive space to generate new writing. All writing is done during the workshop with optional prompts and suggestions from the instructor. Sharing is voluntary and we offer only positive feedback to this fresh, new writing. All levels of writing experience and practice welcome. Each session will include reflective writing time to explore applications to our personal and professional writing lives as well as our classroom practices.

Marty Williams is a poet and teacher retired from San Francisco Unified School District where she worked with students in and teachers of grades 2-12.. She coordinates several Teachers as Writers programs in the Bay Area Writing Project. Marty’s poetry has been published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Poetry East, Winged: New Writing About Bees, Bearing Witness: Teachers Write About Teaching, and online with BAWP’s Digital Paper. Her professional writing has been published in School’s Out and Teacher Research for Equity. Marty is a trained workshop facilitator in the Amherst Writer’s and Artists approach to teaching writing.

Realistic_Light-Bulb_Infographic_1ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING AND THE CODES OF POWER
June 13 – 17, 2016
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grades: 9th – College
Registration Fee $530

Argumentative writing is a tool, a foundational skill and can also be a gatekeeper. How do we effectively teach argumentative writing in the high school and college classroom, especially to underserved students including those developing basic skills and English language learners? As strong content and pedagogy are essential for student engagement, this week-long workshop will explore writing structures, sociocultural perspectives, and a variety of technological tools. Participants will learn concrete strategies to empower students to: engage with complex texts, participate in academic spaces with confidence, and produce analytical writing. Participants will also have opportunities to write and reflect on their teaching practice.

Carmen Johnston has been an English Professor at Chabot College for ten years. She is a BAWP fellow from the 2013 institute. She is also the co-founder of the social justice learning community Change It Now! at Chabot College.

Cherise Martinez-McBride teaches in the MUSE (Multicultural Urban Secondary English) program at UC Berkeley. She has taught high school, adult school and community college in the Bay Area for the past ten years and is a BAWP fellow from the 2013 institute.

 

grammarPEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR FOR TEACHERS: WHY, HOW AND WHEN? 
June 13 – 17, 2016
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grades: 6th – 12th
Registration Fee $530

This course looks at grammar in terms of student writing—it explores the best framework and specific classroom approaches to help students improve their writing at the sentence level and help teachers make informed choices based on their students and their curricular goals. It assumes that the best approaches to grammar instruction tend to be ones that most closely match what successful writers do when they compose and correct sentences. It also assumes that students learn best through constructivist pedagogy, embodied in such classroom practices as active problem-solving, collaboration, focused practice, and modeling, within an integrated, purposeful curriculum. We will inquire into the why, how and when of grammar instruction, developing robust pedagogical principles, examining specific strategies that work (activities, scaffolds and tasks), and working on plans for sequencing instruction. We will look at a variety of activities, deductive and inductive, which emphasize a balance of explicit instruction and unconscious acquisition, to best serve the needs of students, including language learners. We will focus on language variety, rhetoric and style, issues of correctness (diagnosing and responding to error), and planning—with a particular eye to being both systematic and contextual, sequential and flexible, in our approach to curricular design.

Paul Morris is assistant professor of English at San Francisco State University where he coordinates the English education program as well as teaching composition. In a previous life, he taught English at secondary school in the UK for nine years. He is particularly interested in the teaching of literacy and rhetoric.

Corazonesx3MAKING WRITERS WORKSHOP COME ALIVE WITH THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS
June 13 – 16, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: 3rd – 6th
Registration Fee $301

This workshop is recommended for teachers of upper elementary students interested in using Writers’ Workshop as an instructional approach to teaching the Common Core genres of narrative, opinion, and informative writing. Teachers will be immersed in Writers Workshop – writing, sharing, and collaborating to learn and promote effective practices for creating a community of writers in the classroom.

Participants will:

  • Experience first hand the strategies for building a community of writers within the classroom.
  • Expand knowledge of the writing process and how to implement a Writers’ Workshop approach.
  • Deepen knowledge of Common Core upper elementary level writing standards.
  • Explore creative ways to instruct narrative, opinion, and informative writing.

Marion Wallach is retired after teaching grades 1-4 in the Oakland Public Schools for 38 years. She has served on numerous curriculum development committees and has worked with student teachers and mentor teaching programs. Marion has been a leader in BAWP’s elementary program and developed its first summer program focused on elementary teaching.

geometric2RESEARCH, WRITING AND TECHNOLOGY IN A DIGITAL WORLD
June 13 – 16, 2016
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grades: 3rd – 12th
Registration Fee $330

Join us for this exciting four day workshop to explore how the age-old research based writing project can be augmented, modified and redefined using digital tools. In four half-day sessions participants will learn about and experiment with digital tools and platforms that will facilitate the transition to writing in digital spaces. Participants will also explore best practices for conducting online research with students, and will engage in the writing process for a digital research-based writing project. Bring your own device(s) for this excellent workshop on preparing students for researching and writing in the digital age.

Ari Dolid is an instructional coach in the San Leandro Unified School District, and has taught English Language Arts for 15 years. While at San Leandro High School, Ari served as Department Chair, participated on Common Core Curriculum Development teams, and co-founded the Social Justice Academy, for which he developed interdisciplinary curriculum since its founding in 2007. Having participated in the BAWP Summer Institute in 2014, Ari is excited to carry on the tradition of learning and growing with other expert teachers.

June 20 – 24, 2016

ELsALL ABOUT CONTEXT: SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR K-2 ENGLISH LEARNERS
June 20 – 24, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: K – 2nd
Registration Fee $330

English learners and all young children succeed at writing when they have a content and language-rich environment to draw from–when writing is taught in the context of learning about science, social studies, and other content areas. This workshop is for K-2 teachers who want to create a fun and effective writing curriculum that immerses students in learning about the world and our language.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the “genre approach” and the stages of the integrated curriculum cycle:
    1. building the field, 2. modeling the text type, 3. joint construction, and 4. independent writing
  • Learn how this approach meets the needs of ELs
  • Learn how this approach addresses the Common Core Standards
  • Experience a condensed version of the integrated curriculum cycle
  • Come away with a wealth of practical strategies to use in their classrooms

Michelle Kellman has 20 years of experience as a K-3 classroom teacher, literacy and ELD coach, and student teacher supervisor in Oakland and Hayward. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (English as a New Language) and former Project GLAD trainer. This is her eighth year as a BAWP Teacher Consultant.

Various_06_MEMOIR THROUGH HISTORY’S LENS
June 20 – 24, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: 6th – 12th
Registration Fee $331

This course focuses on the writing of narrative, expository and argumentative texts in grades 6-12 History and ELA classrooms. Ideas and relevant instructional practices will focus on memoir as both a genre and model. Participants will work with examples of the genre by Marcel Proust,Ta-Nehisi Coates, ​Jacqueline Woodson and Thannha Lai. ​Texts from earlier periods, including accounts from kings and nomads, help to introduce early memoir to younger learners. Through reading, discussion and analysis of these and related historical and literary texts, participants will develop lessons and activities designed to engage learners in writing standard essays.

Carla Namboodiri-Williams is a Humanities Instructor with Oakland Unified School District’s Home and Hospital Program. Previously she was the Social Studies Chairperson for Skyline High School. Carla is a Reader for the AP World History Exam and participated in the BAWP Invitational Summer Institute in 2010.

FP-0105WHAT HAPPENS TO THE LEARNING PROCESS WHEN MICROAGGRESSIONS REAR THEIR UGLY HEADS?
June 20 – 24, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: All
Registration Fee $330

This course examines microaggressions – visual, verbal, and written – and the impact they have on both the learning process and students in a classroom and on the world outside of the classroom. We will discuss the many ways that microaggressions show up and how they are either unnoticed, overlooked, or successfully managed by educators.

Chriss Warren Foster, Phd I began my teaching career in 1991, teaching English in the Richmond Unified School District, which led to a teaching position with the National Hispanic University Upward Bound Program, preparing high school students for college. I began teaching in the Peralta College District in 1993 as an adjunct English Instructor and hired full time in 1999 as an English Instructor; I have striven to address the needs of students, assisting their progression from basic skills to transfer-level courses. In the doctoral program at Mills College, the direction of my studies was the impact of negative instruction – experiences with stereotype-threat, subtle discrimination, and microaggressions. I learned that there are both intentional and unintentional outcomes in classroom instruction and program design. If the climate and culture of a college is not considered the programs developed for assure success can become the obstacles the prevent success and as such, these strategically placed obstacles coupled with inadequate instruction or instruction that students are unable to grasp, result in student failure. I would like to coordinate an effort that directs its attention to student success on all levels including basic skills programs.

Summer background with a sun symbolWRITE TO TEACH: SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939]
June 20 – 24, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: All
Registration Fee $330

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.

poetryPOETRY FOR THE PEOPLE
June 20 – 24, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: 7th – College
Registration Fee $331

In this course we will focus on poetry’s power to speak the truth, create a community of trust, and engender transformation. Exploring poetic traditions from multiple cultures and disparate voices, we will read, discuss,  draft and workshop poems together.  Responding to poets such as June Jordan, Joy Harjo, Francisco Alarcon, or Lee Young Lee, we will also try out hand at various forms we can use in our classrooms, including the Blues, Affirmation poems, the Ghazal and the Tanka. Participants will leave with several packets of poems and a few exercises they can use in their own classrooms, as well as some writings to map their own worlds.

Lauren Parsons Muller currently teachers Poetry for the People and Trauma and the Arts at City College of San Francisco, where she chairs the Interdisciplinary  Studies Department. She has co‐facilitated BAWP writing retreats in the past and looks forward to the  electricity of teachers writing and thinking together. She co-edited June Jordan’s Poetry for the People (Routledge Press, 1995) and Reckonings: Short Fiction by Native American Women (Oxford UP, 2006).

July 11 – 15, 2016

secondaryTEACHING WRITING IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM
July 11 – 15, 2016
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grades: 6th – 12th
Registration Fee $546

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 30th 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.

blogBLOG TO LEARN: BLOGGING TO IGNITE LEARNING IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
July 11 – 15, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: All
Registration Fee $330

In this workshop students will use the writing process to develop a blog about a burning question from their professional or personal lives. We will generate ideas, outline, draft, revise and publish at least two blog posts. Experienced bloggers will get the impetus to revitalize their current blogs and/or generate ideas for new ones, while novice bloggers will depart with a live blog on WordPress.com, and a working knowledge of basic free blogging. The workshop includes writing activities that can be used directly with students grades 2-12.

Michelle Quraishi Hackel has enjoyed presenting workshops as a BAWP Teacher Consultant since 2001. A former Spanish bilingual kindergarten in San Francisco and 2/3 Head Teacher at Mills College Children’s School, she’s now focused on her career as a children’s book writer. She maintains two blogs—A Mom Next Door: Reflections on marriage, life with children, writing for children and other transformations; and Words Like Rain, her new Author Website/Blog. She also enjoys teaching at BAWP Young Writers Camps each summer.

August 8 – 12, 2016

googleGOOGLE DRIVE IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM 
AUGUST 8 – 11, 2016
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grades: 3rd – 12th
Registration Fee $330

Right now, most students type their writing individually on digital platforms and pass around laptops through a lengthy drafting and revision process. But digital composition tools provide teachers with great opportunities for leading students through process writing and using collaborative writing strategies to more effectively teach students how to talk, think and communicate as writers for continuous drafting and revision and stronger writing. This course will focus on helping participants develop the skills and knowledge necessary to take advantage of these great digital opportunities. Join us for an in depth training on using Google Apps for Education to improve your online writing instructional practice. Following a Writer’s Workshop model, participants will learn how to use Google Apps to compose, peer edit & revise and publish their own writing as well as how to lead students through the same activities.

Ari Dolid is an instructional coach in the San Leandro Unified School District, and has taught English Language Arts for 15 years. While at San Leandro High School, Ari served as Department Chair, participated on Common Core Curriculum Development teams, and co-founded the Social Justice Academy, for which he developed interdisciplinary curriculum since its founding in 2007. Having participated in the BAWP Summer Institute in 2014, Ari is excited to carry on the tradition of learning and growing with other expert teachers.


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