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Improving Student Writing Grades 9-12

June 22 - June 26

A one-week writing workshop for grade 9-12 ELA and social science teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators

June 22 – 26, 2020

8:30am – 3:30pm on the UCLA campus

The most exciting part of teaching writing is watching students improve! We believe all students can develop their writing competence and confidence when they engage in instruction tailored to their needs. We’ll start by considering the funds of knowledge our students bring with them to the classroom. Among our focus areas are strategies for success with text-based writing, using evidence, developing examples, and revising. Also included: lessons that acknowledge the strengths and next steps for English Learners, Standard English Learners, and GATE students.

Topics for this five-day series include

  • How to Use Your Own Writing Assessments to Design Instruction
  • Moving Students from Oral to Written Argumentation
  • Strategies That Support All Students in Becoming College, Career, and Community-Ready Writers
  • Specific Strategies for Supporting English Learners and “Standard” English Learners
  • Text-based Writing: Teaching Students to Use Multiple Sources in Their Own Writing
  • Understanding and Writing About Non-Print Texts
  • High Stakes Writing: Preparing Students to Write for Timed Assessments (SBAC, AP, UC Analytical Placement Exam)
  • Enhancing Students’ Digital Literacy

Who Should Attend: 9-12 grade ELA and social science teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators

Workshop Leaders

Marlene Carter, UCLA Writing Project Professional Development Co-Director
Kate Rowley, Culver City HS
Jason Torres-Rangel, National Writing Project
David Williams, CSU Long Beach
Albert Vazquez-Mejia, El Camino Real Charter HS

Workshop Fee:   $450

Meets requirements for 1 LAUSD salary point

2 quarter units of UCLA Extension available for an additional fee

Albert Vazquez has been a social studies teacher in Los Angeles for 10 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-based educator and teacher consultant of 16 years.  He currently teaches at the UCLA Community School, is a Senior Research Associate for the National Writing Project, and is on the UCLA Writing Project Leadership Team.  He was the recipient of the United Way Inspirational Teacher Award, and is a graduate of Pomona College and Harvard University.


June 22
June 26
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Mark Anthony Moreno
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