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Please join us for an intellectual adventure this summer! 

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.

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.

2017 Open Registration Form (pdf)

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

2016 SUmmer Open ProgramsOnline payment – We are excited to offer an online payment option for our Open Programs. An additional credit card use charge of $20 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 19 – 23, 2017 June 26 – 30, 2017 July 10 – 14, 2017 July 24 – 28, 2017 August 7 – 11, 2017
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June 19 – 23, 2017

[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
June 19 – 23, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grades: 6th – 12th
Registration Fee $545

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.

[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939]
June 19 – 23, 2017
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 26 – 30, 2017

[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Community United Elementary School, 6701 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621]
June 26 – 30, 2017

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: K – 5th
Registration Fee $330

In this workshop we will spend time exploring research based routines, structures, and strategies for building a robust writing program for supporting young writers. Strategies include writing to build community, writing to make sense of content, scaffolding argument writing, and writing as self expression. We will consider issues of equity and ways to support language development in the writing classroom.

Aija Simmons: As the Co-Director of BAWP, Aija spends her time coaching teachers, facilitating the Weekend Workshop and Saturday Seminar Series and creating the Invitational Summer Institute in 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.

July 10 – 14, 2017

[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]

July 10 – 14, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grades: 6th – 12th
Registration Fee $545

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.

July 24 – 28, 2017

[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
July 24 – 28, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades: 4th – 12th
Registration Fee $330

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.

August 7 – 11, 2017

[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]

August 7 – 10, 2017
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.

img_4952ACADEMIC CREDIT is 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.