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The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) at UC San Diego is dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing. The SDAWP believes that writing is critical to learning and a vital tool for communication and should occur regularly in all classes and across the curriculum.

Program Highlights

Invitational Summer Institute 2022 Applications Available Now!

This leadership institute is for the K-16 community of educators interested in expanding their understanding of an role in promoting equity, diversity and socially responsible approaches to the teaching and writing for all students. 

The SI is designed for educators with 5 years of teaching experience (or educational equivalent), K-college, who have experience with teaching writing and a desire to learn more.  Applicants should have an interest in becoming part of a professional community of practitioners.  All grade levels and disciplines are invited to apply, including teachers of math, science, English, art, social studies/humanities, English Language Development, music, PE, special education, and foreign language.  Participants will explore the impact race, language, poverty, and privilege have on equity in teaching and learning.  Successful completion of the SI offers opportunities for ongoing collaboration, professional development, and a variety of leadership roles.

Summer Institute – June 24 - July 8, 2022 (10 days total; 8am-3pm)

Click here to download the application today! Application Submission Deadline is January 22, 2022. 

Register Now! Open Institute 2022: Meeting Students Where They Are: Leveraging Students' Knowledge to Teach Writing Well

This writing institute offers educators the opportunity to develop foundational teaching practices using mentor texts with an equity lens, writing fluency exercises, and critical thinking protocols. Participants will engage with strategies that support differentiation for all learners along the writing continuum.

During the sessions, participants will:

  • Utilize culturally responsive mentor texts as scaffolds for writing instruction
  • Learn inclusive strategies to develop students’ writing fluency and confidence
  • Draw on student knowledge and critical thinking skills to engage them as writers
  • Accelerate learning with a variety of critical thinking protocols
  • Recharge: In this time of teacher fatigue, teachers will have opportunities to reimagine writing instruction and cull personal voice and creativity, reinvigorating purpose and joy in the classroom.

TK-8 Dates & Time
Thursdays, March 3, March 17, & April 14, 2022 from 4:00-5:30 pm via Zoom
Register now for $25: k8open2022.eventbrite.com

Secondary Dates & Time
Mondays, January 10, January 24, February 7, 2022 from 4:00-5:30 pm via Zoom
Register now for $25: open2022secondary.eventbrite.com

This San Diego Area Writing Project Open Institute program has been made possible, in part or in whole, by the 2020 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in schools.


Join Us in the Fight Against Hate in Schools

#USvsHate is an educator- and youth-led messaging project designed to counter bigotry in schools, create welcoming classrooms, and embrace inclusion and justice for all in our diverse schools and society. #USvsHate aims to provide easy-to-implement curricula and action steps to support educators and students in resisting hate in their communities. Visit usvshate.org to learn more about how this program got its start in San Diego, California, and how you can bring #USvsHate to your school!

Smart Tech Use for Equity Series 

UC San Diego CREATE and the San Diego Area Writing Project (in CREATE) came together for a Smart Tech Use for Equity professional development series in fall 2021, designed to sustain and inform educators after a year of teaching remotely. In each event, the facilitating teacher engaged participants in trying and debriefing one "smart" pandemic tech use strategy with ahas for this year. Using the Smart Tech Use for Equity framework.

Watch the series recordings: https://schooltalking.org/pd-events/

Professional Development for TK-16 Educators

Customized School and District Professional Development

The SDAWP offers a variety of year-round professional development opportunities for K-16 teachers. Based on the specific needs of participating teachers, experienced SDAWP Teacher Consultants present practical strategies and approaches in workshop format, designed to improve student writing.

To read more click here

The SDAWP is one of the California Subject Matter Projects, a professional development community for teachers.


The SDAWP recognizes that writing is a catalyst for the broad expression of ideas and opinions. We consider written expression by participants in our programs to be an opportunity for further dialogue and discussion.

News & Updates

NWP WriteNow

NWP Write Now + Medium 
NWP Write Now celebrates the power of writing to advance clear thought and meaningful connection. Write Now is a newsletter of the National Writing Project and includes Medium and NWP Radio. Join us!

UC San Diego Education Studies
Graduate M.Ed./Credential Programs; M.A.; Doctor of Education

Condemning Anti-Asian Racism
Hate Talk Escalates to Violence: #USvsHate Condemns the Spike in Anti-Asian Racism. Article includes student work, lessons for deeper history and other resources to address anti-Asian bias.