Summer Programs for Educators
The BAWP Summer Program for Educators is designed for teachers, both beginning and veteran, who would like to learn more about Writing Project best practices. The program is organized and facilitated by veteran BAWP Teacher Consultants.
Drawing upon their own classroom practice, the instructors will provide a broad and deep perspective on the teaching of writing. Through a close look at specific instructional practices and student writing the program highlights the central role that teachers play in sparking enthusiasm and developing skills in student writers.
Participating teachers will have the opportunity to adapt these best practices for their specific classroom context by generating or revising integrated reading/writing lessons and units of instruction.
Browse our offerings below!
Elementary Writing Design Lab
In elementary classrooms, writing can and should be happening in many spaces - in play-based centers and across all subjects. Writing is not just linguistic practice but also a social practice. So how might we engage students in many different kinds of writing and sharing opportunities? How do we learn about our students through their writing, and how might we assess writing differently?
Elementary Writing Design Lab participants will engage in writing for themselves and reflect on their own teacher writer identities. They will experience workshops on writing in elementary school settings and discuss how to build writing into the learning environment. Participants will walk away with some lessons and practices for building a community of writers that they can try out in the first six weeks of instruction.
Maria Pirner is a National Geographic Certified Educator with over 11 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education in China, Chile, and the United States. For the past seven years, she has worked as a TK/K teacher and STEAM Lead at Korematsu Discovery Academy in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Driven by her passion for meaningful pathways for young people into STEM, Maria has partnered with OUSD, KaiXR, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to create lessons, technological tools, and professional development that is deeply rooted in student interest, cultural relevance, and opportunities for amplification of student voice. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biology through Miami University focusing her research on gray whale response to climate change and human impact.
Rafael Meza Duriez is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. A Fulbright grantee, he specializes in early grade literacy, specifically identifying how preschool and elementary teachers provide liberatory writing instruction. His research focuses on determining the underlying pedagogical discourse of the literacy education curriculum in Nicaragua and on understanding the challenges of teaching reading and writing in rural schools. He also developed programs for Teacher Professional Development in Early Grade Literacy across Central America and the Caribbean.
Secondary Writing Design Lab
In the Secondary Writing Design Lab, participants will workshop practices in the teaching of writing through demonstration lessons, explore issues of equity and teacher identity, and write as a means of expressing ideas and experiencing what we ask of students. In the summer, the weeklong program will involve working closely with experienced BAWP teacher consultants, sharing learnings, and engaging in a range of writing practices - as part of a small cohort of teachers.
Chalida Anusasananan has just finished her 20th year working in public middle and high schools. She spent the first 11 years as a high school English teacher and the past nine as a Teacher Librarian and Creative Writing teacher. Chalida was part of the 2017 ISI. She is a regular teacher at Young Writers Camps in the summer, a core organizer with Teachers 4 Social Justice where she facilitates an educators' book club and writing group, and a proud UESF member. Chalida loves the endless joy and the struggles of teaching.
Sara Rousseve comes from a long line of educators, artists and social service professionals. She has over 20 years in the educational field and has taught in LA, Detroit, Dominican Republic, and the Bay Area. She is currently working as an Executive Functioning Coach and Learning Specialist, helping neurodivergent students and their families understand the beauty of their brains and how to navigate traditional forms of learning. Her daily inspo is her 9 year old daughter, Mayla, whose impromptu dance parties keep her moving forward, one silly, beautiful step at a time.
Apply to Participate in Our Ethnic Studies Critical Literacies Institute
July 17 - July 28, 2023
Times vary (see description below)
Location: Hybrid (see description below)
6th - 12th Grade Level Teachers
Registration Fees: No Cost - $1,000.00* Stipend Available
*If you are able to join the Ethnic Studies Critical Literacies Institute and you participate in the entire summer program, you will be eligible for a $1,000.00 stipend.
Space is limited to 30 teachers.
If interested we encourage you to apply to join this group by completing this application.
From July 17 - July 28, 2023, we are convening a group of teachers of Ethnic Studies to think together about the relationship between literacy instruction and Ethnic Studies. This institute is designed for teachers who have at least a foundational understanding of Ethnic Studies and want to think more deeply about improving the themes, outcomes, and pedagogy of their courses.Participants will be in conversation with each other about the critical literacies including theories, frameworks, praxis, pedagogies, and identity work that support Ethnic Studies competency and instruction.
Teachers from the Bay Area and greater Sacramento area will join together for two weeks of collaborative learning.
During the two weeks you will:
participate in daily discussions to reflect on scholarship and literature that supports Ethnic Studies instruction
discuss content knowledge and instructional strategies in small groups.
learn teaching strategies and community-based pedagogies from local community partners engaged in literacy work with youth
participate in workshops around content knowledge, self-reflection, theory, and praxis.
Here are further logistical details about the program:
The program is hybrid. Our in person dates are Monday, July 17th at UC Berkeley from 9-1; Friday, July 21st at UC Berkeley or UC Davis from 9-3; and Friday July 28th at UC Davis from 9-1.
Our virtual dates are July 18-20 and July 24-27 from 9-1
We will announce virtual meet-up dates in the 2023-2024 school year at a later date.
A $1,000 stipend awarded to all those who complete the program
California History-Social Science Project
Department of History
Bay Area Writing Project
Graduate School of Education