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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.

Resources for Educators during School Closings due to COVID-19

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:

  • 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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