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2020 Summer PD for Teachers

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

2020 Course Offerings
2020 Course Descriptions
How to Register
Discounts
Academic Credit


2020 Professional Development Course Offerings

BAWP “Write” Now: Professional Development for Teachers, Grades K-12
June 22 – June 26, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – 12th Grade Teachers
University of California, Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
Room TBA
$545.00
Contemporary Novels in the Classroom
July 27 – July 31, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
9th – 12th Grade Teachers
Berkeley High School
1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Room TBA
$445.00
Reading and Writing Graphic Novels
July 27 – July 29, 2020 (3 days)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
University of California, Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
Room TBA
$245.00

2020 Course Descriptions

BAWP “Write” Now: Professional Development for Teachers, Grades K-12
June 22 – June 26, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – 12th Grade Teachers
University of California, Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
Room TBA
$545.00 Check or PO Payment // $565.00 Online Credit Card Payment

Main Description: This course provides a broad perspective on the teaching of writing, acknowledging the central role that teachers play in sparking enthusiasm and developing skills in young writers. Participants will experience teachers at the center, first as presenters of classroom-tested and researched-based approaches to writing instruction and then as facilitators, applying lessons to different classroom contexts. Guided by veteran BAWP Teacher Consultants, teachers will have the opportunity to work with colleagues of similar grade levels and to explore how to best inspire and assist English Learners. In addition, teachers will have a chance to write themselves, share and publish their work as well as talk about and raise questions related to the teaching of writing. The course is designed for beginning and veteran teachers alike who would like to learn more about Writing Project best practices and will provide time and support for teachers to generate lessons based on district or site-approved texts. In the afternoon groups will break out into Secondary and Elementary groups. Support for teaching English Language Learners will be woven throughout the program with flexibility to meet the needs of the group.

Tentative Schedule of the day/s:

Day Morning
(whole group)
Afternoon (breakout groups)
Monday – Wednesday – Writing into the Day
– Keynote and/or Demonstration
– Discussion / Applications to the Classroom
– EL connections
– Breakout groups
– Writing time and Writing groups
Thursday – Work Day
– Coaching on Instructional Units
– Writing Groups
Friday – Sharing of Instructional Units – Author’s Chair

Lead Facilitator: 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.

Elementary Facilitator: 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.

Secondary Facilitator: 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.

ELL Facilitator: Amy Stauffer is a secondary language specialist in the Oakland Unified School District. Amy has been teaching and learning with students and educators in San Diego, Honduras, and Oakland for the past 19 years. Amy believes there is great power in teacher collaboration and that the classroom can be a transformative space.
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Contemporary Novels in the Classroom
July 27 – July 31, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
9th – 12th Grade Teachers
Berkeley High School
1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Room TBA
$445.00 Check or PO Payment // $465.00 Online Credit Card Payment

Main Description: This course will help educators plan writing focused units centered on contemporary novels. Units will integrate canonical texts, non-fiction texts and social justice issues. Key outcomes of the course is alignment of learning objectives, standards and assessment. Please bring two contemporary novels of your choice to the course.

Lanette Jimerson bio coming soon.
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Reading and Writing Graphic Novels
July 27 – July 29, 2020 (3 days)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th – 12th Grades
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Room TBA
$245.00 Check or PO Payment // $265.00 Online Credit Card Payment

Main Description: Popular yet underestimated by its rigor for over a century, graphic novels, also known as sequential art, are now recognized by California state standards as a legitimate form of reading text and writing medium for middle and high school classrooms. In our first session, we will break down the strategies readers use to analyze and understand comic panels, gutters, and the combination of words and visuals. You will walk out one session with not only a better understanding of comics, but also a list of reading strategies and knowledge of when to apply them to best support, engage, and challenge all reading levels. The following sessions will focus on standard based graphic novel writing. You will walk away with a prompt, rubric, and both student and teacher powerpoint versions for writing a dystopian graphic novel at either middle or high school writing level.

Tentative Schedule of the day/s:

Day 1: Exploring the Comic and Graphic Novel Genre
  1. What are comics and graphic novels? 
  2. Rationale and the rise of comic books in the classrooms. 
  3. Comics hitting and reaching standards. 
  4. Comics and graphic novels across all content areas: math, science, english, and social studies academic comics and graphic novels  
  5. Research comics you could use for a unit in your curriculum- this is what we will work on as your personal focus and comic assignment for the week.
Day 2: Reading Comics
  1. How you can use comics to support reading comprehension for all readers, including struggling readers and ELD students. 
  2. Reading strategies: 
    1. Inference
    2. Implicit/ explicit main ideas
    3. Supporting details
    4. Literary devices
    5. Analysis
Day 3: Writing comics
  1. Using the dystopian writing genre, we will go through a standard based writing assignment. 
    1. Resources to help you teach comics
    2. Rubric
    3. Various ways students can create comics (written and apps)
    4. Creating rubrics 
    5. Backwards planning the main purpose

The 21st century demands visually literate citizens that can process both words and pictures as a form of communication. Therefore, Rachel Hudson uses the familiar written, verbal, and visual mediums of comics, graphic novels, cartoons, and YouTube clips to bridge standards based writing and reading assignments.
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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. 

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: 2020 Open Registration Form and pay with either a check or a school purchase order.

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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. Online registrations will be automatically deducted at the time of payment. For check or PO payments, deduct 20% from the final payment.

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.

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