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San Marcos Writing Project

San Marcos Writing Project

The San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP) is one of 190 sites of the National Writing Project (17 in California), which is a professional development network of teachers whose goal is to improve student-writing achievement by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's schools.

The writing project is a resource for teachers and school districts. During the school year, writing project teachers can also provide professional development workshops for other teachers in their schools and communities. We host Open Institutes around relevant topics for two weeks in the summer or two to three day workshops during the school year. We also host Young Writer's Camps for two weeks in the summer at school sites around North San Diego County for students in grades two through eight.

Contact Information:
Laurie Stowell
SMWP Director

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In our Summer Institute, we will:

  • write, share our writing, and develop confidence in our own writing.
  • learn research based reading and writing strategies that can improve the academic achievement of native English speaking students and non Native English speakers.
  • read and have conversations about current research, policy and assessment.
  • build content-based curriculum based on the CCSS.
  • learn to use many digital tools that support reading and writing.
  • share and learn approaches for teaching writing and critical literacy across disciplines.
  • develop our leadership skills.

Summer Institute Dates: June 26 to July 20, 2017
More details and to apply: Flyer & Application
Deadline to apply: May 12, 2017


College Ready Writers Institute

The San Marcos Writing Project is pleased to offer a 3 day institute for 6-12 teachers about effective argument writing.  The three days will include research based strategies and curriculum that aim to improve students’ ability to write arguments based on what they’ve read.  Participants will receive multiday lesson plans, texts, formative assessment tools, and other curricular resources to use in their classrooms that easily adapt to existing curriculum. 

Join to the workshop ready to brainstorm and collaborate!  You will connect with other teachers in your grade level to apply ideas and materials from the workshop to your individual classroom and students' needs, ensuring that you won't finish with just another binder of good ideas to add to your shelf!

CRW Institute Dates: June 26-28, 2017
More details and to register: Flyer & Registration
Deadline to register: May 30, 2017

Holocaust Educators Network Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education & Social Justice at Cal State San Marcos

The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

A thematic seminar that will interweave content related to both the Holocaust and present-day experiences of intolerance and persecution. The seminar is inquiry-based, inviting teachers to acknowledge and incorporate the culture of their students into their curriculum and the broader classroom experience. The program takes a writing-based approach to Holocaust and social justice education. | Led by Michelle Sadrena Clark and Jennifer Howard High Tech High North County Educators and San Marcos Writing Project Fellows

Speakers and events will include:

  • Testimony from a Holocaust Survivor
  • Authors & Speakers from Facing History and Ourselves, Echoes and Reflections
  • Speakers from the USC Shoah Foundation
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Museum of Man

Dates: July 23-29, 2017
More details and to register: Flyer

Teaching Writer's Workshop for all students

The San Marcos Writing Project is pleased to offer a new summer workshop.  Participants will deepen their knowledge of and become comfortable with the philosophy, pedagogy, and implementation of a writing workshop in their elementary and middle school classroom. Since all students are reading and writing at their own level during workshop teaching, the very design makes this format especially amenable to differentiation. Participants will learn the essential methods, tools and principles to guide you as you implement a writing workshop approach.

Dates: July 24-26, 2017
More details and to register: Flyer & Registration
Deadline to register: June 30, 2017


Stone Ranch Elementary School: June 12 - 23, 2017 | Students entering grades 2nd-8th Flyer Registration
Highland Ranch Elementary: July 17-21, 2017 | Students entering grades 2nd-6th Flyer Registration


Oak Valley Middle School: July 10-13, 2017 and/or July 17-20, 2017 | Students entering grades 6th-10th 



San Elijo Middle School: August 1-10, 2017 | Students entering grades 6th-9th



High School

El Camino High School: June 19-23, 2017 | College Essay Writing Seminar  Flyer & Registration
Rancho Bernardo High School: July 10-14, 2017 | High School Writing Camp | Students Entering grades 9th-12th  Flyer Registration