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2018 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!

2018 Course Offerings
2018 Course Descriptions
How to Register
Discounts
Academic Credit


2018 Professional Development Course Offerings

Applied Grammar for Teachers:
Why, What, How & When?

June 18 – June 22, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
Mercy HS, San Francisco
Room 203
$545.00
Research, Writing & Technology
in a
Digital World

June 18 – June 21, 2018
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
3rd – Coll. Level Teachers
2121 Berkeley Way
Room 4500
$330.00
Write to Teach:
Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers

June 18 – June 20, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
All Teachers
Redwood HS, Marin
Multipurpose Room
$330.00
Tuning the Choir:
Facilitating Equity Conversations

June 18 – June 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – College Level Teachers
2121 Berkeley Way
Room 4101
$360.00
Supporting Elementary Writers:
Access & Communication

June 28 – June 29, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
CUES Elementary, Oakland
Room TBD
$330.00
*Dates updated 6/13/18
Teaching Writing in the
Secondary Classroom
July 9 – July 13, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
2121 Berkeley Way
Room 1215
$545.00
Challenges & Choices:
Writing Strategies for EL Learners
July 16 – July 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
2121 Berkeley Way
Room 4500
$545.00
Room to Write:
Exploring Short Forms
July 23 – July 27, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
2121 Berkeley Way
Room 1208
$330.00

2018 Course Descriptions

Applied Grammar for Teachers: Why, What, How and When? 
June 18 – June 22, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132]
$545.00
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.
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Research, Writing and Technology in a Digital World
June 18 – June 21, 2018
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
3rd – Coll. Level Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$330.00
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.
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Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers
June 18 – June 20, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
All Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939]
$330.00
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.
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Tuning the Choir: Facilitating Equity Conversations with Colleagues to Improve Campus & Classroom Climate
June 18 – June 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – College Level Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$360.00
Do you want want to deepen your understanding of equity in a supportive environment? Are you ready to strengthen your cadre of colleagues who not only understand foundational concepts of equity but also feel empowered to interrupt inequity as it arises in their own classrooms and around campus? Join us for a workshop that focuses on building equity inquiry groups among colleagues so that your choir can sing more harmoniously. Participants will engage in writing and relationship-building activities that serve as the foundation for sustaining this vital work. The presenters will share a framework that they have used to amplify an advanced awareness of equity across campus. By the end of the three-day session, participants will walk away with resources and an initial plan to take responsibility for interrupting inequity on their own campus community. The workshop is appropriate for K-College instructors. Participants are encouraged to sign-up in pairs from the same site to maximize the learning.

Carmen Johnston has over twenty five years of experience in education, youth development and teaching. Carmen is dedicated to providing anti-biased, anti-racist, equitable educational experiences for all students. She is the co-founder of the Change It Now! Social justice leadership learning community at Chabot College. For the last five years Carmen has worked with Kristin Land developing and supporting faculty inquiry groups focused on equity and leading equity retreats with faculty and staff at Chabot College.

Kristin Land has been teaching English literature and composition courses in Hayward, CA for 17 years. She has taught high school and community college. She aims to provide a culturally relevant, constructivist pedagogy and to engage linguistically diverse students in a rigorous, social justice oriented curriculum that honors their voices as writers and thinkers. Since 2012 and in partnership with Carmen Johnston, she has been supporting advanced equity conversations among her colleagues from a wide-range of disciplines, including faculty in STEM, ESL, English, social sciences, and business. Her practice is informed by principles from the National Equity Project, The Puente Project, and BAWP.
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Access, Communication and Self Expression: Supporting Writers in the Elementary Classroom
June 28 – June 29, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Community United Elementary School, 6701 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621]
$330.00
*Dates and times updated 6/13/18
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.
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Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom
July 9 – July 13, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$545.00
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.
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Challenges and Choices: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners
July 16 – July 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$545.00
Writing well is an essential component of academic success, but it is often challenging for English language learners.  In this intensive institute, we will bring together current research on second language acquisition with classroom- tested writing strategies and approaches for Common Core language arts instruction with English language learners.  We will focus on the needs of adolescent English learners as they develop both their English language proficiency and their confidence and skill as writers. Participants will receive a notebook full of teaching resources and ideas.

Dr. Greta Vollmer served as the Director of the Bay Area Writing Project (2012-2015) and is now a retired professor of English and Applied Linguistics (Sonoma State University), where she taught courses in English education, grammar and composition.  Her previous teaching experience included 10 years as a secondary ELD teacher in San Francisco and five years of teaching non-native speaker composition courses at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Room to Write: Exploring Short Forms
July 23 – July 27, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
UC Berkeley, Berkeley
$330.00
You’ve heard of a busdriver’s holiday? This course is a writing teacher’s dream vacation. A week of time set aside for your writing with a creative and supportive group. All you have to do is show up with something to write with and on. We encourage folks with all degrees of experience (or none) with expressive to come write with us. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists method of thoughtful positive response to first draft writing. Some time will be set aside each session to reflect on applications to our teaching situations and/or our own writing pursuits.

Participants will:

  • write, share and respond to one another’s writing
  • become familiar with the Amherst Writers & Artists method of responding to writing
  • explore a range of writing genres with a focus on sort forms
  • discuss applications of practices for our own writing and for our classroom practices

Marty Williams co-coordinates the Bay Area Writing Project’s monthly literary reading series, Writing Teachers Write. She served as BAWP Co-Director for many years, and spent 21 years as a teacher and literacy coach for San Francisco schools. Marty has also worked for many years community-based literacy projects with youth and adults. She teaches private writing workshops, coaches individuals in writing and works with children and adults in a range of writing workshops through BAWP. She is currently working on a collection of poems about her homeground on Kenai Lake in Alaska and her current hometown, Oakland, CA.
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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 $22.30) are included in the total online fee. Please email bawp@berkeley.edu with any questions or to be placed on the waitlist for any full courses.

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: 2018 Open Registration Form and pay with either a check or a school purchase order.

IMG_4952.jpgThe 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: 

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.


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. We cannot accept credit cards.