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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
760.750.4286

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2018 Invitational Summer Institute

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 CA ELA/ELD standards
  • learn to use and integrate digital tools that support reading and writing.
  • share and learn approaches for teaching writing and critical literacy across disciplines.
  • develop our leadership skills

Dates: June 18-July 19, 2018 Monday - Friday, 8:30-4:00 pm
More details and to apply: Flier and Registration Form 
Deadline to apply: May 12, 2018

New Teacher Institute on Writing

The San Marcos Writing Project is pleased to offer a new summer workshop for new teachers, including those who just completed the credential program.  Participants will learn effective writing strategies aligned with the ELA/ELD standards that will increase student engagement and autonomy. Participants will deepen their knowledge of and become comfortable with the philosophy, pedagogy, and implementation of a writing process approach in their elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

  • Dates: June 13,14,15, 2018 from 8:30-3:30pm
  • Location: Cal State San Marcos, University Hall 4th Floor
  • Deadline to register: June 1, 2018 
  • Questions? Email lstowell@csusm.edu

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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, annotated student samples and other curricular resources to use in their classrooms that easily adapt to existing curriculum.

  • Dates: June 25-27, 2018 from 8:30-3:30pm
  • Location: Cal State San Marcos
  • Deadline to register: May 31, 2018 
  • Questions? Email lstowell@csusm.edu

Learn more about the College Ready Writers Institute

Workshops

Writing 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: June 11-13, 2018 from 8:30-3:30pm
  • Location: Cal State San Marcos
  • Deadline to register: June 1, 2018 
  • Questions? Email lstowell@csusm.edu

Learn more about the Writing Workshop for All Students

Preparing College Ready Writers

The San Marcos Writing Project is pleased to offer five sessions to collaborate and align the skills, knowledge and ability students need in writing to meet California ELA and ELD State standards and to make a successful transition from high school to higher education and to the world of work. High school teachers and college faculty will meet and discuss the topic of the day.

Dates:

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Writing Across the Disciplines 
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Developing Effective Prompts and Assignments and ProvideEffective Feedback
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 - College Research Ready 

Times for all workshops:

  • 9:30 - 9:00 am - Check-in, Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00 - 3:00 pm - Workshop 

More details and to apply: Flier and Registration Form

Space is limited - please register soon! 

Holocaust Educators Network Summer Workshop

The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

Young Writers' Camp

High School - College Essay Writing Seminar

El Camino High School, Room D201
June 11-15, 2018
8:30-1:00pm
Questions? Email  carrie.targhetta@oside.us

Elementary, Teen, and High School 

Highland Ranch Elementary School
Students entering grades 2-6
July 16-20, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Teen, and High School - Teen Writers' Camp

Oak Valley Middle School
Students entering grades 6-10

  • Week 1: July 23-26, 2018
  • Week 2: July 30-August 2, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

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