Come join practicing Teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms. The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the teaching of writing.
2017 – 2018 Season of Weekend Workshops starts September 23rd!
$20.00 Register→ 9/23/17 Registration coming soon!
September 23, 2017 Weekend Workshop line-up coming soon:
This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.
Location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops
Check-in and Coffee: 8:30 am
Opening Remarks: 9:00 am
Session 1: 9:20 am – 10:50 am
Session 2: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thank you to those who joined us in 2016-2017. Check out last year’s workshops below.
April 29, 2017
The Role of Self-Reflection in Student Revision
Presenter: Rebecca Taylor
How do you support students to revise their writing in a significant way? One of the most difficult aspects of using a workshop model in the classroom is encouraging students to revise in ways that significantly improve their writing. Using student checklists to guide self-reflection can be a powerful tool in this environment. In this workshop we will analyze narrative student writing and students’ use of checklists to revise. Participants will also explore using a checklist to reflect on their own writing.
Supporting Resilience in Learners of All Ages: Writing for Social-Emotional Health
Presenter: Meredith Pike-Baky
Join eager and engaged colleagues as we practice classroom activities to develop a range of responses to challenging situations. Inspired by a BAWP Saturday Seminar that focused on trauma our students face, this workshop builds writing skills by guiding students to expand perspectives, think strategically about approaching a topic, and focus on audience awareness. Teachers will participate in reading and writing activities that show how careful listening and empathetic response can lead to validation and constructive outcomes. The workshop features reading selections and writing models appropriate for all levels.
4/29/17 Session 2:
Metacognition: Write about your thinking… become a better thinker!
Presenter: Sara Niesen
Fostering a Growth Mindset is about more than celebrating effort. To help your students become successful learners, they need to see their thinking grow and chart their progress. In this workshop, we’ll explore metacognitive writing across the curriculum, transcending subject area. You’ll try out & craft scaffolded prompts that will not only help your students learn how to learn, but give you valuable insights so you can differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all your students.
Dealing with Loss: Exploring a Universal Theme in order to Analyze a Complex Text and Promote Rigor in the ELL Classroom
Presenter: Casey Moore
How can we help our students deal with loss in their lives and learn from their trauma? Workshop participants will experience how to craft an inquiry-based lesson model around a mentor text that leads into a rich writing experience and promotes emotional well-being in their students. We will examine and annotate a high-level mentor text from Anne Bradstreet, a seventeenth century Puritan poet, and explore how this can prompt student engagement, deep reflection and powerful writing. This poem is used to demonstrate the high-level of critical thinking that English language learners can reach, and to underscore the timeless theme of loss, helping students identify with a vibrant past, and experience the healing power of poetry.
Thank you to those who joined us for our earlier workshops:
February 25, 2017
Let’s Talk Story! Using Oral History Interviews, Auto-ethnography Essays, and Counter Narratives.
Presenter: Candice Fukumoto
Turning Empathy into Activism — Envisioning Equity for Transgender Youth
Presenter: Eva Oliver
Growing Dendrites through Dend-writes
Presenter: Sara Rousseve
Hip Hop Goes Global
Presenter: Damion McNeil
December 3, 2016
The Pre-Writing Foundation for Primary Grade ELL Writing
Presenter: Siu Mui Woo
Replacing the Scaffold with a Ladder: The Ladder of Abstraction and its Applications for ELs
Presenter: Molly Davidow
Talk to Me: Using talk in the ELD classroom to support academic language acquisition
Presenter: Maureen Sullivan
Creating Opportunities for Meaningful Participation and Engagement for Emergent Bilingual Students
Presenters: Eva Oliver and Maggie Sheffer
September 17, 2016
Avoiding the Single Story
Presenter: Courtney Goen
Tiny Writing for Argument Building
Presenter: Jessica Forbes
How to Use Creative Writing to Develop Student Voice
Presenter: Jill Kolongowski
The Real World at the Core
Presenter: Aijeron Simmons