Summer Programs for Educators

Summer Programs for Educators

Registration and Discounts

How to Register

Option 1: Register online with a credit card.

Option 2: Register with a School Purchase Order
  • Groups of 3 or more teachers from one school get a 20% discount! If paying online, discount will be automatically applied. If registering and paying with a school PO, apply discount to total.
I feel like my eyes have opened. I have been on a constant learning curve, yet I still got so much from this workshop. I think that teachers—new, veteran and in-between— can all benefit from the specific strategies for supporting English learners as writers from the get-go. I think this workshop happens at the right time for the summer, because with time off, I am excited about planning and implementing what I’ve learned.
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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.

Remote Summer Programming

All 2021 Summer Courses will be remote and require that participants have a zoom account. If you don't already have a zoom account, please register for free at

Connecting Language, Thinking, and Student Writing: Envisioning Student Learning in the Months and Years Ahead

June 21 - 25, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Grades: All 
Registration Fees: $400.00

As we re envision schooling this fall, we must respond to our students’ needs, academically and socially and emotionally. This course is designed for beginning and veteran teachers alike who would like to learn more about instructional practices that connect language development and student writing, while also establishing classrooms and experiences that contribute to safe, healthy, and collaborative relationships. In this context, our focus is on developing writing skills as an essential tool for all students so that they can explore and comment in-depth on the questions and topics at the heart of our curricula.

Participants will experience teachers at the center, first as presenters of classroom-tested and researched-based approaches to writing instruction and then as facilitators, applying lessons to different classroom contexts. In break-out groups, participating teachers will generate or revise a lesson which they can implement during the school year. Guided by veteran BAWP Teacher Consultants, teachers will also have the opportunity to explore how to best inspire and assist English Learners in their classrooms.

Amy Stauffer is a secondary language specialist for the English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement office in the Oakland Unified School District. In this role, Amy collaborates with Oakland's brilliant middle school educators to improve instruction and outcomes for English Language Learners. Amy taught in San Diego and Honduras before coming to Oakland in 2006. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher and language specialist, Amy was also a site based instructional coach in Oakland. 

Luz Salazar understands and embraces the writing process as central to her inquiry practice. While a graduate student at Mills college, she looked at art as the context for writing for English Language Learners. Later, as a teacher at Melrose Elementary, Bridges Academy and Melrose Leadership Academy, she consistently examined the writing process in the context of Spanish and English language learners.

Time to Write! Prompts, Models and Feedback for Aspiring Writers Who Never Have Enough Time

June 28 - July 2, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grade Levels: All, from beginning writers to many-times published veterans
Registration Fees: $300.00

Five mornings of responding to timely topics, taking on intriguing prompts and engaging in rich discussion. We’ll explore why we must write; we’ll offer each other helpful feedback and we’ll complete one short piece to contribute to our anthology. Take away some teaching and writing strategies, inspiration and your own revised writing and departure points!

Meredith Pike-Baky is a teacher trainer and writer with many years’ experience working in the U.S. and overseas. She has just published a Peace Corps memoir, Tales of Togo, as well as two books for writing teachers, Prompted to Write and Rain and Steam & Speed. She will bring fresh insights and inspiration from writing group partners who have used writing as an especially important form of expression during the last year.

Teach YR!

July 26 - 30, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am (live via zoom) + 1hour asynchronous learning
Grade Levels: Secondary to College Instructors
Registration Fees: $300.00

Join us this summer for a week-long dive into youth voices as a catalyst for our digital pedagogies. In partnership with YR Media (formerly Youth Radio), we’ll explore digital tools & youth-content, and co-design learning segments for students.

Dr. Cherise McBride (educational researcher and BAWP TC) is leading a collaboration between YR Media (formerly Youth Radio) and BAWP to deepen inquiry around how we cultivate and sustain youth-centered digital pedagogies. Recognizing teachers as designers, the course will offer space for exploration of digital tools and media content. Through co-design with community, participants will develop materials for teaching and learning in our new pandemic realities. We’ll practice digital annotation, multimodal composition, and collaborative media creation in both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences that we can take to our own practice.

Expanded by our time together, questions will include: What new learnings do we uncover when we center youth media creation in our design of learning? What literacies can we leverage from our own experiences in our design processes? And how might we continue to iterate building on our pandemic learnings? Course participants will also be eligible to continue in the emergent “Innovation Lab” to follow in the fall.

Cherise McBride received her Ph.D. from Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her research lies at the intersection of literacy, digital technologies, and teacher development. She has taught courses on Digital Pedagogy, Urban Education, and English Education Practicum at UC Berkeley and Stanford, as well as English Composition at the community college level. Prior to joining the GSE, Cherise was a high school English teacher and teacher-consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, where she continues to lead professional development with K-12 teachers. She has presented her research on numerous occasions including at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, the American Education Research Association, and the National Writing Project.

Course Canceled: Centering Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom 

July 7, 8, and 9, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grade Levels: K - 12th Grade Educators
Registration Fees: $300.00

Despite an increased emphasis on the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in many schools and districts, SEL practices are often not fully realized. As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, it is clear that social-emotional learning is a critical need for achieving equitable outcomes for students. A shared sense of urgency towards improving SEL practices and implementation will guide our work this summer. The program will focus on embedding rich SEL practices in our classrooms. Together, we will plan and prepare for the 2021-22 school year, focusing on growth in better meeting the SEL needs of all students.

Aija Simmons, Program Manager for Social-Emotional Learning in OUSD