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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.

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Power Up for Online Teaching

SMWP Fall 2020 Online PD Series

We are here to share what we learned on our summer vacation!  We had two online summer institutes and learned a lot about remote teaching and learning. We will model online teaching in each workshop and share tips for remote teaching. This free workshop series is supported by funding from the California Subject Matter Project

Details may change; for the most up-to-date information, visit this planning page.

 Workshops require a minimum of 10 participants to run. 

Register for Workshops

Contact Laurie with any questions or concerns.

Workshop Dates and Information:

  • Creating and Sustaining Community in Online Environments | Aug. 10, 12:30-2pm

    A short presentation by Noel Stewart (Grapevine Elementary, Vista) followed by a discussion of what we learned building community online while teaching and learning online this summer.  (Appropriate for all grades)

  • Offering Choice in Writing while Maintaining Curriculum Fidelity | Aug. 15, 9-10:30am

    Carla Trupp ( Felicita Elementary, Escondido) describes her journey of adapting her curriculum last year and how it impacted her writers.  She’ll share how she is adapting her curriculum online this year. (Elementary examples but adaptable for all grades)

  • Making Connections through Writing: Writing Camp Teachers' Go-To Writing Lessons | Aug. 17, 9:30-11am

    Cathy Lachel and Allison Preve, Highland Ranch Elementary, Poway 

    In a time when we cannot be face to face, it is highly important to make connections and writing allows us that opportunity. This summer we facilitated our first Virtual Writing Camp, grades 2nd - 7th, and found a way to build community by using writing as a way to get to know each other. The following lessons are a sample of some writing tasks you can use in the first 20 days of school. These lessons could also provide you with a common language you could use in other subject areas, throughout the year.  (Elementary examples but adaptable for all grades)

  • Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts | Aug. 22, 8:45-10:15am

    Laurie Stowell, Director San Marcos Writing Project, Cal State San Marcos. (Appropriate for all grades)

  • Using Mentor Texts for Writing Dialogue | Aug. 22, 10:30am-12pm

    Bailey Steinhardt, King Middle School, Oceanside.

    While sharing effective writing strategies, Bailey will also incorporate Nearpod, Google docs, and Zoom breakout rooms for students to demonstrate their understanding and collaborate with their peers. (Appropriate for all grades) 

  • Planning the Learner’s Journey with HyperDocs | Aug. 29, 10-11:30am

    Kim Frazier, retired, Army and Navy Academy.

    This workshop will provide a brief overview of HyperDocs and then highlight how HyperDocs can be designed with the learner’s journey in mind, emphasizing the value in planning a sequence of activities that guide students through the process of exploring, practicing, and mastering new concepts and/or skills. HyperDoc templates that represent a variety of paths to learning will be shared so that participants can practice this approach to distance and in-class instruction and apply it to their own curricula. (Appropriate for all grades) 

  • Teaching Writing through Individual Writing Conferences in Online and Face-to-face Environments | Sept. 12, 10-11:30am

    Carrie Targhetta, El Camino High School, Oceanside.

    Carrie will share how she uses google forms to set up and track her writing conferences. (Middle and high school examples will be shared but adaptable to elementary classrooms.)

  • Writing-to-Learn Hyperdocs: Planning the Learner’s Journey | Sept. 19 10:00-11:30am

    Kim Frazier, retired Amy and Navy Academy

    In his book The Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey, Jim Burke identifies the function of various types of writing-to-learn activities and identifies the skills they require. He also underscores the value of mindfully designing the user’s journey by envisioning the students’ destination and then mapping out how they will get there. This workshop explains how HyperDocs that incorporate writing-to-learn experiences can be sequenced. HyperDoc templates that focus on various types of writing-to-learn activities will be shared so that participants can practice this approach to distance and in-class instruction and apply it to their own curricula. (High school examples but adaptable for all grades)

  • Follow your Passion: Literacy through Inquiry | Oct. 10, 1-2:30pm

    Jody Ordonez, Vista High School

    Passion projects and the research and writing through blogging that can come as a result.  Middle and High school student examples will be shared but adaptable to elementary classrooms.

  • Peer Feedback: Responding using Lenses | Oct. 17, 9-10:30am

    Jenna Wilson, Valley Center High School

    How to set up middle and high school students to respond to each other’s writing by using different lenses by giving them ways to view a text to give targeted feedback 

  • The Elastic Essay: Moving Through and Blending Genre | Oct. 24, 9-10:30am

    Emilie Vancelette, Vista High School

    The strategies are based on a book for elementary teachers: The Story of my thinking by Gretchen Bernabei in combination with a book we read this summer: Story Matters: Teaching Teens to use the tools of narrative to argue and inform by Liz Prather. (Middle and high school examples will be shared, but adaptable to elementary classrooms.)


Details may change; for the most up-to-date information, visit this planning page.

 Workshops require a minimum of 10 participants to run. 

Register for Workshops

Contact Laurie with any questions or concerns.


 

SMWP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Postponed

  • Postponed until Spring or Summer 2021. Details to be released.

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Contact Us

Laurie Stowell, SMWP Director
lstowell@csusm.edu

Nancy Pace-Skinner, SMWP Co-Director
mspsret@gmail.com

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