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2014-2015 Professional Collaboration Network (PCN)

The Work of the Professional Collaboration Network

Teachers working with TeachersInsuring that BAWP’s PD programs are teacher driven and informed by classroom practice is one of our top priorities. BAWPs Professional Collaboration Network (PCN) will help support this effort. Begun during 2013-14 school year, the PCN – under the strong leadership of Michelle Baptiste – provided a supportive place for a number of TCs to try out and get feedback on both new and previously developed workshops.   These were important sessions as many of the workshops conducted in PCN sessions have already been successfully presented to teachers in a number of school districts – Solano County, Napa Unified, Antioch Unified, and San Francisco Unified.

For long-time consultants and presenters, we want to the PCN to be a place for you to try out a new presentation, or refine one you’ve already developed. For TC’s who have not yet had a chance to present, we’d like the PCN to be an opportunity for you to further develop ideas and presentations put forth at your summer institute.   For all of us, the collegial support at the center of the PCN is intended to help us work confidently with colleagues as we support continued growth as teachers of writing and teachers of content such as history and science.

Providing Support for Presenters

To support this work, each PCN presenter will get coaching before the workshop, feedback on the workshop from colleagues attending the session, and additional time to debrief and refine the workshop.   Our hope is that the PCN will become a key component of how BAWP supports and expands the number of TCs successfully conducting strong and thoughtful workshops as we work to meet the increasing number of professional development requests coming in from across the Bay Areas.

Each session will be an opportunity for

  • One TC to present and get feedback on his or her workshop
  • Participating TCs to come together as a collegial “response group” for the presenter
  • Participating TCs to reflect on their own practice as they learn from their colleagues’ workshops.

Session #1 – Saturday, September 27, 9 AM – 12 PM, 3635 Tolman Hall

This session will kick off our work for the year. The presenter, Rebekah Caplan, will focus on refining her workshop designed to introduce, through a series of writing activities, key Common Core standards.

Below, in addition to our first session, are the dates (all Saturdays, from 9 -12, in Tolman Hall at UC Berkeley) for this year’s meetings.

  • September 27
  • October 25
  • December 6
  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • May 2

Please send questions and your RSVP to stanley.pesick@gmail.com

PCN Invitation 2014 (pdf)

Seminar: Paths to Freedom: Acts of Resistance to the Holocaust and Other Historical Events

Date: June 16 to 20, 2014
Location: San Francisco, California

Resistance during the Holocaust took place across a wide spectrum, and this seminar will work to create the broadest possible picture of this aspect of the history. We will also seek to make connections to issues that are relevant to contemporary teachers in California’s Bay Area. Our understanding of the Holocaust will inform our consideration of the treatment and exclusion of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, and the later internment of Japanese Americans. For our students, this connection is important. Local examples of injustice help to minimize the distance between “us” and the “other” and can therefore aid students in empathizing with other groups. Because education can itself be viewed as an act of resistance, we want our students to recognize the common thread in discrimination–the limiting and even paralyzing view of the “other”–and to have the tools to recognize it and to effect change.

San Francisco Sat Seminar flier 2014

Online Application

Contacts (please reference Paths to Freedom in the subject line of the email):

Tosha Tilotson toshatillotson@gmail.com

Julie Dearborn jdearborn@mercyhs.org

Katy Spicer katy.spicer@gmail.com

San Francisco Sat Seminar flier 2014

BAWP Summer Open Programs – Accepting Registrations!!

2014 Summer Open Programs are here! Sign up today!

Our classes listed below. Find out how to register here!



Grades: Secondary / College

Instructor: Nelson Graff

June 16 – 20, 2014

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $500

(2 optional credit units from Sonoma State University)

This course will focus on alternatives to the traditional grammar teaching approaches of sentence parsing and labeling. According to the California Common Core Standards, students “must come to appreciate that language is as at least as much a matter of craft as of rules and be able to choose words, syntax, and punctuation to express themselves and achieve particular functions and rhetorical effects.” We will consider grammar from the perspectives of both correctness and sentence power, examining how syntax functions rhetorically and how we can help students engage strategically and mindfully with language as they read and write.



Grades: 6-12

Instructors: Katherine Suyeyasu and Stan Pesick

June 17 – 20, 2014

Tuesday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $400

(1 optional credit unit from Sonoma State University)

Helping students develop the academic literacy, thinking, and discussion skills necessary to write a thoughtful and coherent argumentative essay holds a place of privilege in the Common Core State Standards. This course will focus on the development and writing of an argument in both history and ELA classrooms. We will explore, with an eye on student work: 1) how to develop a strong argumentative writing prompt, 2) how to thoughtfully analyze evidence, 3) how to, help students connect claim, evidence, and reasoning in support of an argument, and how to support this work with academic discourse structures.

To bring this work to life, participants will write a historical argument and also develop an argumentative writing lesson for their own classroom. This class will provide an opportunity for history and ELA teachers to discuss and reflect upon what mutually supportive instruction, which fosters strong argumentative writing skills, might look and how to build bridges across the disciplines.



Grades: K-2

Instructor: Michelle Kellman

June 23 – 27, 2014

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Fee: $300

(1 optional credit unit from Sonoma State University)

English learners 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, literature, and the arts. This course will offer an in-depth look at how to create a workshop-style writing curriculum that helps K-2 students develop their language skills, meet the demands of the Common Core writing and language standards, and experience the joys of writing. Participants will come away with a wealth of practical tools and techniques to use in their classrooms.



Grades: All

Instructors: Meredith Pike-Baky

June 23 – 27, 2014

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $300

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. Class held in Larkspur.



Grades: K – 2

Instructor: Siu-Mui Woo

June 26, 2014


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $150

This one-day workshop is for K-2 teachers interested in learning ways to use children’s literature to teach narrative, informational and opinion types of writing. Participants will develop, collaborate on and share mini-lessons and writing ideas. They will be introduced to the following:

Connections to oral language, reading and writing, especially for English Language Learners, in the Common Core State Standards
Introduction to engaging literature which will facilitate narrative, informational, and opinion writing
Demonstration of mini-lessons in writer’s workshop



Grades: Secondary / College

Instructors: Carmen Johnston and Cherise McBride

July 7 – 10, 2014

Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $380

(1 optional credit unit from Sonoma State University)

To address equity, this class outlines and embodies a two-pronged approach: 1) how concrete writing tools and structures can serve as a practical means to educate for social justice and 2) how socio-emotional awareness and supports can make a difference to that end, especially in light of new Common Core State Standards that require academic discourse and performance tasks. We will practice using writing strategies that demystify the writing process, highlight rhetorical considerations, and provide structure while allowing flexibility. We will also develop our own writing as teachers through the lens of equity (possibly for publication!).



Grades: All

Instructor: Patrick Delaney

July 7 – 11, 2014

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $300

New, nationally driven education reforms are taking hold in California and the Bay Area. The U.S. Department of Education promises that CCSS will bring “…more opportunities for genuine, authentic teacher leadership that don’t require giving up a daily role in the classroom.” Such leadership requires educators to stay informed about the shape and progress of CCSS-based reforms. Using texts, web readings, group discussions, and guest speakers, we will research and review information sources on some of the coming reforms and their impact on educators. Topics covered will include: CCSS; Smarter Balanced Consortium testing; California districts’ CORE waiver; data-driven curriculum development and instruction; evaluation options, including value added measures; for-profit, non-profit, and charter reform models; possible changes to promotion, salary and retirement conditions; philanthropic contributions to school-related elections and legislation. Participants will leave with an efficient system for staying informed on prioritized issues during the inevitably busy school year.



Grades: All

Instructor: Marty Williams

July 14 -18, 2014

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $300

You’ve heard of a busman’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 use the Amherst Writers and Artists method of thoughtful positive response to first draft writing. All genres and degrees of experience with expressive writing encouraged. Relation to the Common Core? We will explore ways to incorporate expressive writing into our teaching by engaging ourselves in “creative and purposeful written expression.”



Grades: K – 1

Instructor: Linda Luzar

July 28 – 30, 2014

Monday – Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $300

(1 optional credit unit from Sonoma State University)

Reclaim the delight in teaching young children! This course will explore creative strategies to teach the Common Core State Standards in a developmentally appropriate way where all levels, including English Language Learners, can find success in a safe writing environment. Teachers will learn how to effectively integrate the narrative, information, and opinion writing standards throughout their curriculum with critical thinking and authentic writing activities

* All optional credits are provided through Sonoma State University’s School of Extended Education.Payments for the units must be paid to Sonoma State, so please do not bundle the registration fee and the credit unit payments together. Enrollment forms for the units will be available on the first day of class and you may pay with a check.