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Professional Development in Schools

The Bay Area Writing Project’s professional development programs are designed to suit the needs and interests of individual schools and districts. In addition to our work with schools, BAWP offers a series of Open Program courses every summer on the UC Berkeley campus; districts and schools are encouraged to send a team of teachers to participate and can contact us regarding group tuition rates. 

BAWP offers professional development series, workshops and consultations focused on the following areas:

  • Establishing a writing-based classroom
  • Teaching writing as a process (from prewriting, revising and editing to publishing) for emergent through fluent writers
  • Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards; focus on the major shifts for writing instruction
  • Using technology effectively in the teaching and production of writing (addressing Common Core Standards)
  • Writing to learn and writing across the curriculum: principles and strategies
  • Teaching the Common Core Standards text types:  opinion/argument, informational/explanatory & narrative
  • Integrating grammar instruction effectively
  • Responding effectively to student writing; research-based principles and practices
  • Evaluating student writing at all grade levels; creating authentic assessments for writing
  • Addressing the needs of language learners in acquiring academic language (oral and written)
  • Anticipating Smarter Balanced writing assessments in classroom practice

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Professional Development

What kinds of programs does BAWP offer individual schools?

To the extent possible, we design programs to suit the needs and interests of individual schools and districts, including the previous experience the teachers may have had with BAWP’s professional development programs.  We make every effort to match the expertise of our teacher-consultants with the needs of the school(s).

When and where are the sessions held?

Workshops are usually held at the school site and are offered at times most convenient for the school, most often after school. BAWP also offers workshops during staff inservice days, Saturdays or during the summer months.

What kinds of professional programs does BAWP offer?

  • Multiple-session series of interactive workshops, generally about three hours long. These hands-on workshops focus on successful classroom-tested, research-based approaches to the teaching of writing and using writing to learn.  All are designed to address the Common Core Standards
  • School-site coaching. Coaching is usually done in conjunction with a series of workshops. BAWP coaches can provide services such as in-class teaching demonstrations, classroom observations with debriefing, facilitation of teaching inquiry groups, guided examination of student work or lesson study groups.
  • School-wide writing assessment. BAWP works with schools to develop and provide support for writing assessments which are tied to school and district writing programs and goals as well as to the Common Core State Standards.
  • On-site summer programs. BAWP provides intensive summer programs where teachers learn more about teaching writing, read and discuss current research, and participate as writers. These programs can be linked to school-site summer programs for students as well.

Pricing is variable, depending on hours, number of participants and type of professional program requested.  If you are interested in discussing professional development for  your school or district,  please contact us for a consultation:

Rebekah Caplan, Associate Director of Professional Development: rebekah22@me.com

Main Office: 510-642-0971