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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.

In Memory of Jim Gray “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

Written by someone who left teaching…

The problem with teaching as a profession is that every single adult
citizen of this country thinks that they know what teachers do. And
they don’t. So they prescribe solutions, and they develop public policy,
and they editorialize, and they politicize. And they don’t listen to
those who do know. Those who could teach. The teachers.


Article: You think you know what teachers do.

What the Tech Series – Saturday, February 22nd!

Join us for What the Tech is Going On?, the third event in a unique technology series for K-12 teachers, hosted by the Bay Area Writing Project in partnership with UC Berkeley. Upcoming sessions will be held on March 15th and April 19th.  All sessions  focus on deepening writing instruction through the use of technology in order to meet Common Core writing standards.

COST $20 cash or check to “UC Regents”
LOCATION University of California Berkeley – Tolman Hall- Rooms 2319 and 2326
SCHEDULE     9:00 to 9:30 Coffee and pastries
9:30 to 11:00 Breakout sessions (A and B)

Space is limited. Sign up now at

Saturday, February 22nd!

Session A: Geeking Out with Wikis

Invite students to engage in relevant current debates by geeking out on a three dimensional collaborative project. Using a wiki, students share and broaden their concept of “precious knowledge” by exploring a current controversial issue, posting analytical and argumentative written responses, and designing unique artistic creations. The wiki platform allows students to go in multiple directions as well as to include video, art, and other media into their project. The presenter will provide an overview of the collaborative assignment and share sample student posts. Participants will try out the basic functions of Wikispaces, learn effective strategies to design their own wiki, and share troubleshooting tips. The workshop is appropriate for upper elementary to college.
Kristin LandKristin Land loves to teach reading, writing and critical thinking at Chabot Community College in Hayward. Her work is heavily influenced by The Puente Project, a program in which she has taught for the past 13 years at the secondary and college level. She is a strong advocate for Teacher Inquiry/Research which she first discovered while earning her Masters Degree in Education through the MUSE program at UC Berkeley. She is the current co-director of BAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute.

Session B: Vivid Word Choice: Leave the Thesaurus Back in the Triassic Period

What free online resources can support students in selecting the “right word” or revising word choice so that it is precise as well as academic? We’ll investigate tools, including concordances, select online dictionaries, and a vocabulary profiler that draws from the Academic Word List, to boost word choice accuracy, variety, and sophistication without compromising voice or clarity. We’ll discuss effective ways to teach complex lexical skills to our students and convince them to leave behind the thesaurus method of revising!
Michelle Baptiste 2Michelle Baptiste has a B.A. in English with an Education concentration from Carleton College and a Masters degree in English as a Second Language from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught writing to multilingual students at the University of Hawai’i, as well as to Navajo (Dine) teachers on the Navajo Nation through Northern Arizona University. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and loves to interact with people from diverse cultures. Since 2002 she has taught full time in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley as a multilingual student writer specialist.

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