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Open Institutes Summer 2017

College-Ready Writers Program (6-16)

Dates:  June 19-21, 2017 • 8:00am - 3:00pm • UC San Diego

Cost: $375 each participant (or $325 each for school teams of 3 or more) for the 3-session series, including materials (parking fee not included)*

Instructors: Joe Ferro, Elizabeth Lonnecker and Sarah Martin

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Download the College-Ready Writers Program (6-16) Registration Flier PDF

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

*Register for any two 3-day open programs at the same time and save $50 per program.

Building a Writing Community (K-6)

Dates:  June 27-29, 2017 • 8:00am - 3:00pm • UC San Diego

Cost: $375 each participant (or $325 each for school teams of 3 or more) for the 3-session series, including materials (parking fee not included)*

Instructors: Margit Boyesen, Jamie Jackson-Lanham and Wendy Schramm

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Download the Building a Writing Community (K-6) Registration Flier PDF

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

*Register for any two 3-day open programs at the same time and save $50 per program.

Writing, Revision and Mentor Text (K-6)

Dates: July 11-13, 2017, 8:00am - 3:00pm @ UC San Diego

Cost: $375 each participant (or $325 each for school teams of 3 or more) for the 3-session series, including materials (parking fee not included)*

Instructors: Valentyna Banner, Matt Jewell and Nicole Rios

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Download the Writing, Revision and Mentor Text (K-6) Registration Flier PDF

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

*Register for any two 3-day open programs at the same time and save $50 per program.