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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.

How to get credits through Dominican University (information coming soon)

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 June 20 – 24, 2016 July 11 – 15, 2016 August 8 – 10, 2016 
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August 8 – 10, 2016

AUGUST 8 – 10, 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grades: 3rd – 12th
Registration Fee $330
1635 Tolman Hall – UC Berkeley Campus

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.

Completed summer courses: 

June 13 – 17, 2016

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.


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.

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

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.

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.


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[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.

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 

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.

Information on how to get credits with our courses will be available soon.