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Information for SDAWP Fellows

SDAWP Fellows are teachers who have completed the Invitational Summer Institute (SI), SDAWP's cornerstone teacher leadership program. Since 1977, more than 400 teachers have participated in the SI and many remain active members of the SDAWP community. Socially responsible approaches to teaching writing provide for a variety of SDAWP-sponsored and collaborative roles for our teacher leaders, including local school and district reform efforts that support the education and success of San Diego's culturally and linguistically diverse student population.

April is National Poetry Month

An Invitation for SDAWP Fellows and Education Colleagues to Virtually Connect

We’re using the occasion of National Poetry Month as an excuse . . . a reason . . . an invitation to take up a daily writing practice as a tool for connection during this time of profound isolation and uncertainty. We want to provide a space where connections feel welcome, easy, and low stakes!

Attached you will find the link to the SDAWPoetry Padlet, a daily invitation through the month of April to write and connect with your broader SDAWP family and friends. You can come every day (we hope you will) or visit on occasion. You can be an active participant who eagerly shares your writing on our communal FLIPGRID platform, or one who stays more in the background, writing privately and still feeling those strong SDAWP connections.

And we hope you might also contribute, recording a writing invitation for your friends and colleagues that can be added to the Padlet. We are happy to launch this effort in the spirit of writing, poetry and community as we weather our coronavirus isolation together--virtually!



Study Groups

In addition to participating in the SI, many SDAWP Fellows and selected colleagues participate in teacher research Study Groups, which provide a powerful forum for dialogue and help to broaden understanding of reflective practices.

The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) continues to support teachers as they inquire into teaching and learning in their own classrooms. Monthly Study Group meetings (October-February) provide a forum for SDAWP Fellows and colleagues to engage in professional, informing conversations, collect observational and related data, write and respond in small groups, and read professional texts, articles, and case studies. Visit our Study Group Blog to learn more.

Groups are designed to assist and support teachers at all grade levels and in all subject areas as they examine how their students learn, with the intention of both improving their teaching practice and improving student learning.

Teacher researchers consider various approaches to classroom inquiry that focus on teacher observation, documentation, reflection, implementation, analysis, and articulation, both oral and written, as a recursive process.

Dates for 2020-2021 will be announced in September.

For more information about participating, please email SDAWP Director Kim Douillard.

For additional resources, visit the Teacher Research page.

A Strong Research Base

The SDAWP believes in the professionalism of teachers. As professionals we read, discuss and write about current research. Focusing on current issues related to teaching and learning, participants in our programs read books and articles on such topics as:

  • Teaching academic writing /writing to learn
  • Inquiry-based instruction
  • Enriching mandated curricula
  • Responding to student writing
  • Developing effective writing assignments
  • Using informal writing to scaffold learning

Academic research serves to broaden the knowledge base of participants in our programs and provide a classroom-based foundation for that knowledge.