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Open Institutes Summer 2022 • Grades TK-16

Meeting Students Where They Are (TK-8): Leveraging Students' Knowledge to Teach Writing Well

Dates:  March 3, 17 & April 14, 2022 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm • Zoom

Cost: $25 each participant for the 3-session series

Instructors: Christine Kane, Jamie Lanham, & Valentyna Banner

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite. k8open2022.eventbrite.com

Description: This open institute offers teachers 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 wculturally responsive mentor texts as scaffolds for writing instruction
  • draw on student knowledge and critical thinking skills to engage them as writers
  • learn inclusive strategies to develop students' writing fluency and confidence
  • accelerate a learning with a variety of critical thinking protocols
  • recharge In this time of teacher fatigue, teachers will have opportunities to reimagine writing intruction and cull personal voice and creativity, reinvigorating purpose and joy in the classroom

This San Diego Area Writing Project Open Institute program is made possible, in part or in whole, by the 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in schools. 

Meeting Students Where They Are (Secondary): Leveraging Students' Knowledge to Teach Writing Well

Dates:  January 10, 24 & February 7, 2022 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm • Zoom

Cost: $25 each participant for the 3-session series

Instructors: Divona Roy, Monique Lamphiere-Tamayoshi & Joe Ferro

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite. open2022secondary.eventbrite.com

Description: This open institute offers teachers 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 wculturally responsive mentor texts as scaffolds for writing instruction
  • draw on student knowledge and critical thinking skills to engage them as writers
  • learn inclusive strategies to develop students' writing fluency and confidence
  • accelerate a learning with a variety of critical thinking protocols
  • recharge In this time of teacher fatigue, teachers will have opportunities to reimagine writing intruction and cull personal voice and creativity, reinvigorating purpose and joy in the classroom

This San Diego Area Writing Project Open Institute program is made possible, in part or in whole, by the 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in schools. 

NOT OFFERED 2021-22 Building a Writing Community (K-8): Creating a Safe and Responsive Classroom for Student Writers

DatesTHIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN 2021-22 • 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: TBD

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite (registration pending updates regarding COVID-19)

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

NOT OFFERED 2021-22 Building a Writing Community (9-16): Creating a Safe and Responsive Classroom for Student Writers

DatesTHIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN 2021-22 • 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: TBD

Credit: UC Extension credit available for an additional fee

Registration: Registration is via Eventbrite (registration pending updates regarding COVID-19)

Description: This open institute offers educators 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