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.

Thank You 2022 Participants!

Check back in March to see our offerings for summer 2023. Interested in the types of courses we offer? Browse our 2022 offerings below!

Teaching Writing in the Secondary English Classroom

June 27 - July 1, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Berkeley Way West, Room TBD, UC Berkeley
6th - 12th Grade Teachers
Registration Fees: $500.00

If you are seeking an opportunity to re-energize your in-person teaching, particularly in the area of writing instruction, this course is for you. This week-long class on the UC Berkeley campus provides a broad perspective on the teaching of writing and the inherent challenges of instructing struggling to advanced writers, often in the same classroom. Through interactive, hands-on teacher demonstrations, you will experience classroom-tested and research-based approaches to the teaching of writing. You will have a chance to write and share writing in small groups, and this course also provides time and support to generate lessons based on established, as well as new, curriculum and district-approved texts. The course will also look at the State Standards and how they relate to writing instruction at different grade-levels.

M. Clare LePell has taught high school English for 37 years in Castro Valley and has been a BAWP Teacher Consultant since 1993. Ms. LePell was the keynote speaker at BAWP's 1st Forum in 2016, has been a frequent workshop leader across the Bay Area, and has taught BAWP's secondary writing course for multiple summers.    

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

June 28 - 30, 2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Remote via Zoom
K - 8th Grade Teachers
Registration Fees: $300.00

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 BAWP Teacher Consultants who are longtime bilingual educators, teachers will also have the opportunity to explore how to best inspire and assist English Learners in their classrooms.

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.

Telmo Vasquez is originally from Peru and considers himself a long-life multilingual learner. His area of interest and expertise is on Spanish-English biliteracy development. As a content specialist in ELD and Spanish-English biliteracy, he collaborates with elementary school teachers to deepen our community knowledge of research-based biliteracy instruction, curriculum, and assessment to support the needs of multilingual learners.

Teach YR!

July 25 - 29, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Remote via Zoom
6th - College Grade Level Teachers
Registration Fees: No Cost - $300.00* Stipend Available

*If you are able to join the Teach YR Community of Practice (Spring-Fall 2022), you will be eligible for up to a $2,000.00 stipend.

Space is limited! If interested please email Dr. Cherise McBride

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 is leading a collaboration between YR Media 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 the community, participants will develop materials for teaching and learning. You can expect to practice multimodal composition and collaborative media creation in both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

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.

Book Arts Studio: Art and Writing Across the Curriculum

August 4th and 5th, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Berkeley Way West, Room TBD, UC Berkeley
All Grade Level Teachers
Registration Fees: $240.00

This summer, take a walk on your creative side! Build books that fold, pop up, twist, hide, and fit in the palm of your hand! Books are a vehicle (both real and metaphoric) for carrying ideas and understandings. They provide a structure for bringing together content understandings from more than one discipline, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and the arts. They motivate young writers and are ideal for publishing students’ work.

This workshop focuses on publishing, Common Core connections, and Studio Habits of Mind. It promises to be fun, inspiring, and practical. We invite teachers to learn new structures and new ideas, together. Participants will leave with a collection of sample projects and ideas that are applicable across grade levels (T-K – 12) and curricular areas; and the tools they need to get started right away.

Linda Block has been teaching and learning with students and colleagues for the past 35 years. She has facilitated book arts workshops for students, teachers, and artists for many years! Linda has been a Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project since 1991; and was a Teacher-In-Residence at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, where she experienced the “interconnectedness” of art and science across the curriculum. Linda began incorporating book arts into her teaching as a way to encourage reluctant writers, and to include arts education. Now, she uses book arts extensively across the curriculum. She has seen the transformative power making books has for children.

Time to Write! Prompts and Guided Feedback for Writers

July 11 - 15, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Remote via Zoom
All Grade Level Teachers
Registration Fees: $400.00

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.

Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay: Helping students use multiple genres to develop and demonstrate historical understanding

July 12 - 14, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Berkeley Way West, Room TBD, UC Berkeley 
6th - 12th Grade Teachers
Registration Fees: $240.00

Join us in investigating how, in the service of historical inquiry, students might explore the wide variety of genres that make up the historical record - i.e. biographies, documentaries, graphic histories, poetry, photographic essays, music and multimedia presentations. And then, through genre analysis, demonstrate their historical understandings in works that mirror these genres.

This course offering grows out of work by middle school and high school teachers associated with both the BAWP and the University of California Berkeley History Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) of Berkeley. This work began with a discussion around questions of student engagement, turned to the role of traditional academic writing in history, its strengths and limitations, and then, to how we might expand opportunities for students to work with the multiplicity of genres in which history might be presented.

In this workshop, we will start off by exploring two examples of historical investigations that combine genre awareness and historical inquiry - the Harlem Renaissance and the Japanese American Incarceration during WW2. We will also hear from teachers who have created their own units in the past two years. During the school year, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own units by taking part in a collaborative study group that will provide coaching and a forum for sharing work.

Jeannie Kohl has been a teacher, a mentor and coach, and a history and literacy specialist with Oakland Unified School District for 28 years. Jeannie became a BAWP Teacher Consultant in 2015. She is committed to helping students and teachers reveal historical understanding through writing and other genres. 

Katherine Suyeyasu joined the Bay Area Writing Project in a leadership capacity after 16 years of teaching (middle school Humanities and upper elementary) and one year as a school administrator. A teacher consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project since 2003, she has led professional development workshops, taught courses in BAWP’s summer Open Programs, and worked with youth in the Digital Storytelling and Young Writer’s Camps. Katherine holds a Master’s degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Education from Swarthmore College.

Stan Pesick taught 11th grade American History and 12th grade American Government/Economics course in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), 1976 – 1994. Between 2001 and 2011, he co-directed OUSD’s history/social studies department. Between 2011 and 2014 he co-directed the Oakland Unified School District/Mills College History-English Language Arts (ELA) Collaborative on Writing the Argumentative Essay. Since 2014 he’s worked as a curriculum consultant to the National Japanese American Historical Society and National Park Service. He recently completed work with the National Writing Project that developed materials to support students’ civically engaged writing.