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The San Jose Area Writing Project is proud to once again host our Summer Open Professional Development for Educators. Each Summer Open Session is a four-day event led by some of our premier teacher consultants and writing instruction experts. All programs will be offered for two units of credit at $150 per unit, a total of $300. Participants can elect to add a third unit by writing an “extra credit” paper for $150 (a total of $450).Please note that Eventbrite tickets are distributed for event planning purposes, but all registration will take place on campus during the first day of each Summer Open Session, at which point payment will be collected.

Susan Seyan
Grades 3-5 – Education for Empathy: Creating a Writing Classroom Where All Students Flourish

Monday - Thursday
July 9 - July 12, 2018
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -Maya Angelou

How do we create a classroom where all students feel accepted? Encourage risk-taking and Growth Mindset? What do we do when conflict among students arises? How do we reach students who feel they do not fit the academic “mold”?

As passionate professional educators, we know much about the nuts and bolts of Writer’s Workshop and the pieces we need to put together to help students be successful writers. We are less able to articulate what makes a classroom feel great, and how to encourage a teaching environment that our students want to write-or even be-in. In this Open Session, we will learn how to create the kind of environment where all students reach for their personal best while supporting others to achieve theirs: 1) Step Up your Writer’s Workshop game with Multi-Genre Writing; 2) Classroom Management from the Trauma-based Perspective; 3) Mindfulness Techniques for the Classroom.

Susan Seyan

Rachel Carson Elementary School

San Jose Unified School District

Teacher Consultant – San Jose Area Writing Project

Grades K-2 – Hybrid Informational Writing

Monday - Thursday
July 30 - August 2, 2018
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

A cross between narrative and expository has many overlapping characteristics that highlight visuals, accuracy and a delightful writing style.

Teachers will be able to show students how to write in an engaging writing style for nonfiction. Teachers will use nonfiction picture books to help students explore the many different ways they can learn about a topic. In addition to teaching organization, they will experience how to teach students to notice how authors grab readers attention. They will explore new ways to clearly explain new terms. Teachers will be exposed to new creative ways to present information that will encourage students to write so that readers have interaction with text.

Margarite Galvan

Ellis Elementary School

Sunnyvale School District

Teacher Consultant – San Jose Area Writing Project

Grades 6-9 – Launching Reading & Writing Workshops

Monday - Thursday
July 30 – August 2, 2018
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

Do you yearn to implement instructional practices that honor students’ voices and choices while integrating standards into the curriculum? Do you want to meet all of your students where they are while nudging them to fulfill their potential as readers and writers? Join us for four days of rigorous study and walk away prepared to launch reading and writing workshops that are developmentally appropriate for those glorious students in the middle.

Kate Flowers
Grades 9-12 – Make It Stick: Teaching Powerful Analytical Writing

Monday - Thursday
June 11 - June 14, 2018
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

Has there ever been a time when our students’ ability to think and write analytically has been more important? Teaching students to do so may be one of the greatest challenges a writing teacher faces. How can we embrace both literature and non-fiction –and the interests of our students– to teach analysis in ways that stick with students, that transfer from topic to topic, content area to content area? We will explore the four pillars of analysis that invite challenge and passion. Build your tool box of analytical reading and writing strategies with quick mini-lessons that layer complexity to reach a wide range of ability levels. Learn revision practices that deepen students’ self-reflection, helping them analyze their own work and give meaningful feedback. You will leave with lessons, text sets, and experiences, with the confidence that you can empower students through analytical writing that will stick with them long after they leave your classroom.

Kate Flowers

Santa Clara High School

Santa Clara Unified School District

Teacher Consultant – San Jose Area Writing Project

Nancy Kennet
Grades 9-12 – Joyful Noise: Creating Joy in the Classroom

Monday - Thursday
June 18 - June 21, 2018
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

Have you felt that the relentless focus on standards and testing has sucked the life out of your teaching? Never fear! There are ways to recapture the joy without sacrificing one iota of rigor.

Come out this summer and learn techniques for inspiring students every day of the year. Your classroom can become the one they look forward to each day. Each one of these techniques is designed to deepen students understanding of literature and develop the underlying structures of writing in many genres, from the informative and explanatory essay to the college admissions response. Activities include: 1) Debate, both in literature and in current events- Students turn their debate brief into a focused, well-researched argument essay; 2) Sentence composing as the essential building block of all writing; 3) Immersing students in figurative language, imagery, and vocabulary in creative ways that give them the ability to identify, explain and recreate these essential elements of literature.

Nancy Kennett

Piedmont Hills High School

East Side Union High School District

Teacher Consultant – San Jose Area Writing Project

Grades 6-12 – Raising Our Voices: Teaching Writing As Activism

Monday - Thursday
June 25 - June 28, 2018
9:00 am - 3:15 pm

Has there ever been a time when our students’ ability to think and write analytically has been more important? Teaching students to do so may be one of the greatest challenges a writing teacher faces. How can we embrace both literature and non-fiction –and the interests of our students– to teach analysis in ways that stick with students, that transfer from topic to topic, content area to content area? We will explore the four pillars of analysis that invite challenge and passion. Build your tool box of analytical reading and writing strategies with quick mini-lessons that layer complexity to reach a wide range of ability levels. Learn revision practices that deepen students’ self-reflection, helping them analyze their own work and give meaningful feedback. You will leave with lessons, text sets, and experiences, with the confidence that you can empower students through analytical writing that will stick with them long after they leave your classroom.

Jane Gilmore

Crittenden Middle School

Mountain View Whisman School District

Teacher Consultant – San Jose Area Writing Project

 

 

As I head towards graduation and begin the process of deciding what path to take towards teacher certification, these Saturday Seminars have been invaluable in allowing me to learn from experienced teachers in a collaborative environment where they discuss the challenges and successes they experience daily in a classroom.

Mackenzie Rodriguez - SJSU Credential Candidate

2018-05-09T07:00:34+00:00

Mackenzie Rodriguez - SJSU Credential Candidate

    As I head towards graduation and begin the process of deciding what path to take towards teacher certification, these Saturday Seminars have been invaluable in allowing me to learn from experienced teachers in a collaborative environment where they discuss the challenges and successes 
 

 

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.
 

 

Every Saturday workshop gives me inspiration and ideas on how to launch writing pieces, engage students in their writing, and more importantly, how I need to change my strategies and teaching techniques to be a positive influence in their writing adventure.

Adam Throm - 4th Year teacher at the elementary level

2018-05-09T07:01:53+00:00

Adam Throm - 4th Year teacher at the elementary level

    Every Saturday workshop gives me inspiration and ideas on how to launch writing pieces, engage students in their writing, and more importantly, how I need to change my strategies and teaching techniques to be a positive influence in their writing adventure.
 

 

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 
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.