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Launching Writer’s Workshop (Grades PreK-6)

June 27, 2022 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

June 27 –  30, 2022
8:30am – 3:00pm at UCLA

Workshop Facilitators
Danielle Howard, Dr. Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School
Heidi Schaefer, 32nd Street/USC Magnet School


Turn off Zoom and join us in person for four “packed” days of learning! Together we will immerse ourselves into the world of Writer’s Workshop: helping students generate topics important to them, constructing pointed and powerful “mini-lessons,” incorporating mentor text, and figuring out the best way to respond to your particular young writers. We’ll dabble in publishing and celebrations too!

Sometimes wearing your teaching hat, other times assuming the role of student, everyone will experience what it feels like to be a writer in a workshop classroom.

Collaboratively participants will:

  • experience key rituals and routines of Writer’s Workshop
  • create mini-lessons that teach craft, revision, conventions, and more
  • draft pieces that may serve as teaching tools for mini-lessons
  • dig into mentor texts to craft lessons
  • practice conferring with students
  • differentiate for English learners, gifted, and students with IEPs
  • make relevant connections to the Common Core State Standards

Not only will you leave the workshop with a wealth of writing strategies and resources, you’ll boost your own identity as a writer as well!

Fee – $400

May be eligible for LAUSD PD hours

Heidi Schaefer has been teaching for 26 years and is currently at 32nd St./USC Magnet teaching second grade. Her teaching experience has ranged from Pre-K to third grade. Most of her teaching has been with English Language Learners. Heidi is a National Board certified teacher. She has been studying and implementing Writer’s Workshop since 2002.

Danielle Howard is a 4th and 5th grade teacher, who has been a teacher for 23 years at schools in South Los Angeles. Her classrooms regularly include English Language Learners and Gifted students. Her all time favorite subject to teach is writing, and she has been implementing Writer’s Workshop with students since 2004. She has been with the UCLA Writing Project since 2016, and has shared her experience with writer’s workshop in multiple settings.


June 27, 2022
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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