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Open Institutes Summer 2019 • Grades K-16

Students as Thinkers, Students as Writers: Preparing Students to Meet the Challenge of Academic Rigor & Civic Engagement (9-16)

Dates:  June 18-20, 2019 • 8:00am - 3:00pm • UC San Diego

Cost: $395 each participant (or $350 each for school teams of 3 or more) for the 3-session series, including materials (parking fee not included)

Instructors: Monique Lamphiere-Tamayoshi, Sarah Martin and Divona Roy

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite (registration opens April 1)

Description: Whether you're a high school instructor looking to better prepare your students for the college composition classroom, or a college instructor looking to support students in writing high-quality, source-based arguments, this interactive 3-day program will address your professional development needs. Strategies and topics addressed will foster a classroom culture where students thrive as thinkers and writers.

Participants will explore writing as a foundational key to student academic success as they engage in:

  • community building in the classroom
  • writing to promote rigor, access and ownership
  • critical thinking skills and routines
  • writing to establish credibility and awareness of civic issues
  • rhetorical reading and writing to advance an argument
  • socially and culturally responsive teaching practices

If we could institute only one change to make students more college ready, it should be to increase the amount and quality of writing students are expected to produce. (Educatiional Leadership, 2007)

Building a Writing Community (K-8): Creating a Safe and Responsive Classroom for Student Writers

Dates:  July 9-11, 2019 • 8:00am - 3:00pm • UC San Diego

Cost: $395 each participant (or $350 each for school teams of 3 or more) for the 3-session series, including materials (parking fee not included)

Instructors: Valentyna Banner, Stacey Goldblatt and Jamie Lanham

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite (registration opens April 1)

Description: This open institute offers teachers the opportunity to develop authentic writing experiences that build a community of writers from the beginning of the school year.  Using personal writing as a catalyst for understanding the importance of developing community, participants will:

  • understand what it means to write in a safe and responsive classroom
  • draw on student knowledge and experience to write from abundance
  • learn strategies to develop students' writing fluency and confidence
  • utilize a variety of mentor texts as supports for writing instruction
  • identify ways to support all students, including ELLs, GATE, and developing writers

Writing, Revision and Mentor Text (K-8)

Dates: This program will not be offered in summer 2019, 8:00am - 3:00pm @ UC San Diego

Cost: $395 each participant (or $350 each for school teams of 3 or more) for the 3-session series, including materials (parking fee not included)

Instructors: Instructors TBD

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite (registration opens April 1)

Description: This open institute program is for teachers who have participated in a previous SDAWP professional development experience or who have experience using mentor text in the classroom. Using personal writing as a catalyst for understanding writing and revision, participants will:

  • explore mentor texts and student writing as tools for revision possibilities
  • learn to differentiate between meaning/correctness and revision/editing
  • experiment with a variety of revision strategies throughout the writing process
  • examine the value of choice to encourage student engagement during revision
  • identify ways to support all students, including ELLs, GATE, and developing writers