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Better Than Before: Strategies to Support Growth in Student Writers (Grades 7-12)

June 21 - June 24

For Educators of Students in Grades 7 – 12

June 21-24, 2022

In person on the UCLA Campus June 21, 22, 24 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Virtual – June 23 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Workshop Facilitators:
Marlene Carter, UCLA Writing Project Co-Director of Professional Development
Kate Rowley, UCLA Writing Project Fellow, English Teacher at Culver City High School

You’ve done a great job this year supporting your students. And next year will be even better. Join us as we look ahead to 2022-2023.  We’ll revisit writing instruction and make adjustments that offer students the most fitting strategies for developing their competence and confidence in writing.  We’ll start by considering the wealth of knowledge our students bring with them to the classroom.  Then we’ll build on that knowledge.

Among our focus areas:

  • Making writing a positive, satisfying activity
  • Supporting and encouraging students who are reluctant to write
  • Curating strategies that lead to writing improvement
  • Responding to student writers with comments they can put to good use
  • Creating culturally relevant lessons and units that connect to all students

Also included: lessons that acknowledge the strengths and next steps for English Learners, Standard English Learners, and GATE students.

Participants will also receive

  • a letter verifying 16 hours of professional development attendance
  • choice of a professional or literary or young adult book
  • access to materials and strategies developed by the California Writing Project’s Improving Students’ Analytical Writing Team

Workshop Fee:   $250

Marlene Carter is Co-Director of Professional Development for the UCLA Writing Project. She previously taught English at Dorsey High School in the Math Science and Technology Magnet. She has worked closely with other teachers in the California Writing Project to develop the ISW strategies and lessons that lead to student growth. Marlene believes that writing should be joyful and that all students can grow as writers.  

Kate Rowley is National Board Certified and teaches high school English in Los Angeles. Her interest in digital literacy has allowed her to work with the Youth Participatory Politics Research Network, Ahead of the Code with the National Writing Project, and within the UCLA Writing Project as a teacher leader. Her work on language acquisition and digital resources has been published by California English, Voices From the Middle, and other professional spaces. She is a Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America award recipient.

Albert Vazquez has been a social studies teacher in Los Angeles for 12 years. He focuses on incorporating literacy and cross-content curriculum through a collaborative approach. He has also worked extensively with ELD curriculum focused on content and language development in history.

Jason Torres-Rangel is a Los Angeles High School English teacher of 17 years. He is currently Senior Research Associate at the National Writing Project, facilitating writing assessment conferences that measure student growth. He is a teacher consultant for the UCLA Writing Project and scores for the AP English and UC English placement exams. He was a 2015 United Way Inspirational Teacher.


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