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Professional Learning Community

The San Jose Area Writing Project offers teachers the opportunity to join a Professional Learning Community (PLC) as part of the Saturday Seminar series. These PLCs offer pre–service and in–service teachers the opportunity to participate in professional conversation and collaboration, while earning reasonably priced graduate-level credit and developing teacher-leader skills.

 

There will be two PLC cohorts, one for K-6 and a second for 6-12 teachers. Both will be led by SJAWP Associate Directors.

All PLC participants will attend all three Saturday Seminars in a season. In addition, PLC members will attend cohort meetings. For $150, participants will earn one unit of graduate credit by attending three Saturday Seminars in a season, participating in the first two PLC cohort meetings, and completing the written requirements. For $300, participants will earn two units of graduate credit by attending three Saturday Seminars in a season, participating in all PLC cohort meetings, and completing the written requirements. For $450, participants will earn three units of graduate credit by attending all three Saturday Seminars in a season, participating in all PLC cohort meetings, and completing the written requirements. See below for specific credit requirements.

 

Registration will take place during Saturday Seminars after a discussion with Dr. Lovell

Three Units

Three upper-division/graduate-level semester units are available for $450 (includes registration fees for Saturday Seminars) after joining the Professional Learning Community. The SJAWP provides PLCs that offer pre–service and in–service teachers the opportunity to participate in professional conversation and collaboration, while earning reasonably priced graduate level credit.

Join the Professional Learning Community by September 29,2018
Attend three Saturday Seminars in a season
Participate in all PLC cohort meetings
Submit 7 pages of lesson plans and reflection
2 pages must be reflection
The other 5 pages can be any combination of lesson plans and/or additional reflection (i.e. a participant may submit 2 pages of reflection + 5 pages lessons, or 3 pages of reflection + 4 pages of lessons, etc.)

Two Units

Two upper-division/graduate-level semester units are available for $300 (includes registration fees for Saturday Seminars) after joining the Professional Learning Community. The SJAWP provides PLCs that offer pre–service and in–service teachers the opportunity to participate in professional conversation and collaboration, while earning reasonably priced graduate level credit.

Join the Professional Learning Community by September 29,2018
Attend three Saturday Seminars in a season
Participate in all PLC cohort meetings
Submit 5 pages of lesson plans and reflection
2 pages must be reflection
The other 3 pages can be any combination of lesson plans and/or additional reflection (i.e. a participant may submit 2 pages of reflection + 3 pages lessons, or 3 pages of reflection + 2 pages of lessons,, etc.)

One Unit

One upper-division/graduate-level semester unit is available for $150 (includes registration fees for Saturday Seminars).

1. Join the Professional Learning Community by September 29,2018
2. Attend three Saturday Seminars in a season
3. Participate in the first 2 PLC cohort meetings
4. Submit 3 pages of lesson plans and reflection
2 pages must be reflection
The other page can be a lesson plan or an additional page of reflection

 

 

I am grateful for the Saturday Seminar program because it has truly opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person and as a future professional. I can now improve the way students write papers, work with different kinds of students with different needs, learn how to adapt to generational gaps, and facilitate a healthy learning environment.

Rhett Cooksin - Pre-service English teacher

2018-05-09T07:03:11+00:00

Rhett Cooksin - Pre-service English teacher

    I am grateful for the Saturday Seminar program because it has truly opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person and as a future professional. I can now improve the way students write papers, work with different kinds of students with 
 

 

I learned more at the SJAWP Summer Open Program that any other institute. The methodologies Marty Brandt covered are going to be extremely helpful in my classroom next year.
2018-05-09T06:59:15+00:00
    I learned more at the SJAWP Summer Open Program that any other institute. The methodologies Marty Brandt covered are going to be extremely helpful in my classroom next year.
Here is always singing new songs and expressing new ideas he learned at school.
2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00
Here is always singing new songs and expressing new ideas he learned at school.
 

 

I have loved the workshop model with live students this year. It has been a great reminder of how much students already know and are capable of doing when given the tools, supports, and mentor texts they need to express their own truths. As I wrap up this school year and prepare for the next, I hope to continue building a more student-centered, authentic classroom through implementation of the methods and model text types for teaching reading and writing I have been exposed to through my experiences with the San Jose Area Writing Project.

Ariel Sarver - Veteran high school English teacher

2018-05-09T07:03:57+00:00

Ariel Sarver - Veteran high school English teacher

    I have loved the workshop model with live students this year. It has been a great reminder of how much students already know and are capable of doing when given the tools, supports, and mentor texts they need to express their own truths. 
 

 

My participation in the Saturday PLC program reinforces my belief that effective teachers must frequently re-examine their pedagogy and continuously explore new ways to reach students. What works well one year may fall flat the next time around, and then it’s time to sign up for the next Super Saturday workshop. Even better. One can reinvigorate one’s own writing and writing instruction by devoting a summer to participating in an Invitational Summer Institute. Sometimes a 25 yr veteran of the classroom is in as much need of inspiration as a newly credentialed teacher.

Mike White - 25 Year veteran High School English teacher

2018-05-09T07:02:30+00:00

Mike White - 25 Year veteran High School English teacher

    My participation in the Saturday PLC program reinforces my belief that effective teachers must frequently re-examine their pedagogy and continuously explore new ways to reach students. What works well one year may fall flat the next time around, and then it’s time to