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June 2015

Friday, June 12th 

WriteEasy

Writing Group for Teachers (Open to the Public)

Mudraker’s Cafe 4:00-6:00 p.m. 2801 Telegraph Ave at Stuart in Berkeley, CA

Join us to write, share, chat, eat, drink and warm ourselves with words and with other teachers and writers. We’ll offer prompts, but you are always free to write what you want and need to write. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists response guidelines to give feedback to our fresh, unedited work.

Bring your pen, your computer, a prompt to share and get your writing on!

Sunday, June 14th

Writing Teachers Write

A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers reading from their own work. (Open to the Public)

Expressions Gallery  3:00-4:30 p.m.

2035 Ashby Avenue @ Adeline in Berkeley (very close to Ashby BART)

The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) is a collaborative program between the University of California at Berkeley and Bay Area schools, dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines. One of the founding principles of BAWP suggests that the best teachers of writing also write themselves. This monthly reading is a lively and unique place to hear the powerful voices of teachers and other writers in our rich and varied Bay Area communities.

Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us.
Please contact Judy Bebelaar at judy@judybebelaar.com or 510-845-5430 with any questions.

June 15th – 18th

Open Programs – Making Writers Workshop Come Alive with the Common Core Standards

This workshop is recommended for teachers of upper elementary students interested in using Writers’ Workshop as an instructional approach to teaching the Common Core genres of narrative, opinion, and informative writing. Teachers will be immersed in Writers Workshop – writing, sharing, and collaborating to learn and promote effective practices for creating a community of writers in the classroom.

Participants will:

  • Experience first hand the strategies for building a community of writers within the classroom.
  • Expand knowledge of the writing process and how to implement a Writers’ Workshop approach.
  • Deepen knowledge of Common Core upper elementary level writing standards.
  • Explore creative ways to instruct narrative, opinion, and informative writing.

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 15th – 19th

Open Programs – Express Yourself : A Week of Writing for Teachers

You’ve heard of a busman’s holiday? This course is a writing teacher’s dream vacation. A week of time set aside for your writing with a creative and supportive group. All you have to do is show up with something to write with and on. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists method of thoughtful positive response to first draft writing. All genres and degrees of experience with expressive writing encouraged. Relation to the Common Core? We will explore ways to incorporate expressive writing into our teaching by engaging ourselves in “creative and purposeful written expression.”

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 15th – June 26th

Teen camp – Flash Fiction @ UC Berkeley

Flash fiction is short! 500-750 words that tell a story. We will practice immersive and craft techniques or exercises borrowed from drama to produce work during and outside of the class, and follow a more in depth workshopping model in which participants question their own text, share it with others, and get feedback from a group setting. We will also explore opportunities for submission/publication.

For registration or more information, click here.

 

June 15th – July 3rd

Young Writers Camp – Petaluma @ Corona Creek Elementary 

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 15th – July 3rd

Young Writers  Camp – Oakland @ Westlake Middle School

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 15th – July 3rd

Digital Storytelling – Oakland @ Westlake Middle School

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 15th – July 3rd

Young Writers Camp  – San Francisco @ St. Vincent de Paul

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 15th – July 3rd

Hack Your Notebook – San Francisco @ St. Vincent de Paul

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 17th – 19th

Open Programs –  Teaching the College Essay

In an increasingly CCSS-aligned world, many students spend less time writing narratives and reflective essays than ever before, and yet are expected to write effective reflective essays for their personal statements for college. This workshop offers many approaches to teaching the reflective essay, either as a personal statement for college or as a personal essay for younger students. In true BAWP fashion, teachers will walk the reflective walk and write their own reflective essays over the course of this three-day workshop, stopping to deconstruct the process from a pedagogical standpoint along the way.

 

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 22nd – 24th 

Open Programs – Bringing the Argumentative Essay to Life

Helping students develop the academic literacy, thinking, and discussion skills necessary to write a thoughtful and coherent argumentative essay holds a place of privilege in the Common Core State Standards. This course will focus on the development and writing of an argument in both history and Humanities classrooms. We will explore, with an eye on student work: 1) how to develop a strong argumentative writing prompt, 2) how to thoughtfully analyze evidence, 3) how to, help students connect claim, evidence, and reasoning in support of an argument, and how to support this work with academic discourse structures.
To bring this work to life, participants will write a historical argument and also develop an argumentative writing lesson for their own classroom. This class will provide an opportunity for history and Humanities teachers to discuss and reflect upon what mutually supportive instruction, which fosters strong argumentative writing skills, might look and how to build bridges across the disciplines.

 

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 22nd – 24th 

Open Programs – Challenges and Choices: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners

Writing well is a key to academic success, but it can be a challenging for English language learners. In this intensive institute, we will bring together current research on second language writing with classroom- tested writing strategies and approaches for Common Core language arts instruction with English language learners. We will focus on the needs of adolescent English learners as they develop both their English language proficiency and their confidence and skill as writers.   Participants will receive a binder of teaching resources and the opportunity to participate in an ongoing inquiry group in the fall.

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 22nd – 25th

Open Programs – Google Drive Meets the English Classroom

Digital composition tools provide teachers with great opportunities for leading students through process writing. This course will focus on helping participants develop the skills and knowledge necessary to take advantage of these great digital opportunities. Join us for an in depth training on using Google Drive to improve your online writing instructional practice. Following a Writer’s Workshop model, participants will learn how to use Google Apps to compose, peer edit & revise and publish their own writing as well as how to lead students through the same activities.

 

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 22nd – 26th

Open Programs – Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom

We all want our students to write more and to greater effect, but how do we make this happen? How do we build memorable and meaningful writing lessons that generate thoughtful content and address the needs of both our strongest student writers and our most struggling student writers? What are strategies for helping English Learners and for building students’ skills that meet the new Common Core Standards? What about cultivating academic language in the classroom? And how do we do all of this without drowning in paper? In short, how do energize or re-energize ourselves as teachers of writing so that we can engage students in the power of the written word? Join this class led by veteran educator, M. Clare LePell where she’ll address these questions and more. In a highly collegial setting:

    • experience interactive teaching demonstrations that will give you new ideas and greater confidence in your lessons
    • acquire hard and soft copies of specific instructional strategies for immediate use with your students
    • write frequently and share your writing in small groups
    • explore questions about the teaching of writing through discussions of selected readings
    • develop lessons using your own curriculum and texts and ready to use in the fall.

Please note that there will be some homework assignments, including: reading articles, drafting personal writing, and developing curriculum.

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 22nd – 26th

Open Programs – Write To Teach

Join us for a week of mornings writing, sharing, reflecting, reading, and revising. Become a better writer and a better teacher of writing. This workshop offers rich opportunities for teachers at all grade levels and any writing experience level to explore a range of writing genres and practical, classroom-tested writing strategies. The workshop fosters a warm and encouraging community of writers where participants read inspiring models, collaborate in small groups and collect ideas and materials for teaching. This year we’ll feature strategies for information and argument writing, reflected in the Common Core Standards. This class sits solidly on the Bay Area Writing Project’s belief that teachers become better teachers of writing by writing themselves. Participants contribute to an in-class anthology.

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register online (with credit card processing fees) click here

 

June 22nd – 26th

Open Programs – They Have So Much to Say: Successful Strategies for K-2 Writers

This course will be taught in two separate, but complementary sections.
Participants may sign up for Part I, or Part II, or both Parts I & II
Grades: K-2

Part I: Teaching Narrative and Opinion Writing Through Literature and the Writing Process

Participants will:

  • Deepen their knowledge of the Common Core Text Types
  • Expand their resources for teaching writing as a process
  • Expand instructional practices for using literature with students to facilitate narrative and opinion writing
  • Learn and apply strategies for addressing opinion writing
  • Observe lesson demonstration on the use of mini-lessons in writer’s workshop
  • Understand stages of writing development for ELL, and strategies for teaching writing to ELLs

Part II: All About Context: Teaching Informative Writing Through Science and Social Studies

Participants will:

  • Learn about the “genre approach” and the stages of the integrated curriculum cycle: 1. Building the field, 2. Modeling the text type, 3. Joint construction, and 4. Independent writing
  • Learn how this approach meets the needs of ELs and all young learners
  • Learn how this approach addresses the Common Core Standards for writing, speaking and listening, and language
  • Experience a condensed version of the integrated curriculum cycle
  • Come away with a wealth of practical strategies to use in their classrooms

Registration Form (Make check payable to UC Regents)

To register for Parts I & II online, click here

To register for Part I online, click here

To register for Part II online, click here

 

June 22nd – 26th

Teen Camp – The Personal State: From Zero to Bang! in 5 Days @ UC Berkeley

Session #1

Excited about college, but scared of writing the personal statement for the application? Not sure how to show off your strengths without looking like, well, a show-off? Want to stand out as an individual without coming across as a weirdo? Struggle with writing in a way that is clear and coherent, yet innovative and interesting? Then this is the workshop for you! You will walk out of this workshop with a draft of your personal statement for both the Common Ap and the UCs. Just imagine, you could start your senior year with THIS crossed off your “To Do” List!

For registration or more information, click here.

 

June 22nd – July 3rd

iStories – San Francisco @ St. Vincent de Paul

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 22nd – July 10th

Young Writers Camp – Albany @ Albany Middle School

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 22nd – July 10th

Young Writers Camp – Kentfield @ Bacich Elementary School

BAWP is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our yearly Young Writers Camps! With locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Petaluma, Oakland, Albany, Kentfield, and San Ramon, be sure to check out the one nearest you!

For registration or more information on this specific site, click here.

 

June 29th – July 3rd

Teen Camp – Teenage Reporter: Backpack Journalism in the 21st Century @ UC Berkeley

Journalism is changing. No longer confined to a newsroom, journalists report from cafes, street corners, and sports venues and all over the world. Hone your skills in this class so that you are ready to report on the go.

In this course we will explore the fundamentals of writing a strong article for the public eye. This includes developing our reporting skills by writing lead (headline or front page) news stories, opinion columns, personality profiles as well as a variety of other stories. Sports fans, don’t worry, the camp will also include day trip to the Oakland Coliseum for a visit to the press box and an A’s game. Course fee includes technology and field trip costs.

For registration or more information, click here.