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Open Institutes Summer 2018

Preparing College-Ready Writers Program (6-16)

Dates:  June 19-21, 2018 • 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: Joe Ferro, Matt Jewell and Sarah Martin

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite

Description: This open institute answers the contemporary call for respectful argumentative discourse to prepare students for college, career, and civic engagement within an equity framework. Designed to improve teachers' ability to teach to college- and career-ready writing standards, with a specific emphasis on improving student's skill in writing arguments based on non-fiction texts, participants will:

  • learn to engage students in writing high-quallity, source-based arguments
  • examine curricular resources, rhetorically-based methods, and demonstration lessons
  • utilize research-based methods of formative assessment to analyze student work
  • identify ways to support all writers, including ELLs, GATE, and struggling students

Building a Writing Community (K-6)

Dates:  June 26-28, 2018 • 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

Description: This entry level 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: July 10-12, 2018, 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: Matt Jewell and Susan Minnicks

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite

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