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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.

$22.30 registrationFebruary 9, 2019 Registration

—  Groups of 3 or more get a 20% discount (must register at the same time and the discount automatically deducted during check out)

February 9th Weekend Workshop 2010 (pdf flyer)

2018 – 2019 Weekend Series Workshop (pdf flyer)
*Credit available for purchase if you attend all 3 workshops


February 9, 2019 Weekend Workshop

Common Core: Writing Across the Disciplines

Writing has never been the exclusive domain of English teachers.  Common Core reinforces the importance of consistently embedding writing into content lessons across disciplines.  Writing opportunities provide students space to make sense of ideas and build comfort with the kinds of writing that exist in different disciplines.  Workshops will focus on routines, strategies and tools for understanding content and developing composition skills.

This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

Location: UC Berkeley, 2121 Berkeley Way (Brand new Graduate School of Education building), 1st floor foyer
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free Saturday street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce or metered parking ($) on streets surrounding the building.
Campus ($) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



Check-in and Coffee: 8:45 am
Opening Remarks: 8:50 am
Session 1: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Session 2: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

February 9, 2019

Session 1:

Texts in Conversation: Connecting Texts and Students
Presenter: Kira Bearss

One key practice aimed at increasing the depth of student learning is to bring academic study and real-world issues into conversation in the classroom. This workshop focuses on the connections from text to text, and from texts to students’ lives. In this workshop, teachers will read short excerpts from multiple texts, and practice discussion alongside short writing activities to put texts into “conversation” with each other–drawing points of connection between each text and relevant present-day events. This workshop is most applicable to middle and high school teachers.

What do you see? How images and texts reveal argument and tone
Presenter: Sarah Trott

Young people live in a world dominated by visual texts. This workshop uses photographs and written texts to reveal how tone and argument are shaped by a writer or artist to reveal a larger argument. We will wrestle with the question: How can teachers deepen students’ visual literacy skills while also showing them how to transition these skills to textual analysis and writing? This workshop is most applicable to high school teachers, but middle school teachers might also find relevance.  

Session 2:

Writing Narrative Fiction
Presenter: Theodisa Battiest

What are the best strategies for helping students write original narrative fiction?  In this workshop, teachers will examine their role as writer and given the opportunity to use strategies used with students to write a short narrative fiction piece.  We will be examine the use of graphic organizers, including the story arc to develop characters and plot. We will be using an adapted fourth grade Lucy Calkins lessons, but can be adapted for any grade level where students are writing narrative fiction.

Student Perspectives: Helping Students Create Meaningful Writing and Find Their Voice
Presenter: Myra Anderson

Students need opportunities to express their voices and recognize that their perspectives matter. Having an authentic audience helps, too. What better way to combine these elements than in the KQED Perspectives format? In this workshop, teachers will explore how to get students thinking and writing about meaningful topics, as well as compare narrative writing to the KQED Perspectives genre. This workshop is most applicable to middle and high school teachers.

April 13, 2019 Weekend Workshop

Voice, Identity, Access and Equity

Classrooms can provide courageous spaces for exploring collective and individual identities.  Writing often plays a critical role in this exploration and provides a humanizing lens through which students can see each others’ experiences. These workshops will focus on strategies, protocols and content that support students to contribute their stories, share their truths and invite others into conversation through writing.