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Launching Writer’s Workshop (Grades PreK-6) – online

June 22 - June 26

elementary students

For new and veteran elementary teachers, the UCLA Writing Project offers this online adventure! Whether beginning the new school year in a physical or virtual classroom, this workshop is for you!

Writer’s Workshop—it can be done!

June 22 –  26, 2020

Monday – Friday 9:00 – 11:00am, 12:30 – 2:00 online. Two additional hours per day off-line asynchronous.

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

elementary students

Dust off your notebook, and join us for five “packed” days.  Together, we’ll immerse ourselves in the nitty-gritty of Writer’s Workshop: helping students generate topics important to them, constructing pointed and powerful “mini-lessons,” incorporating mentor texts into your teaching of writing, figuring out the best way to respond to your particular young writers.  We’ll dabble in publishing and celebration options, too!

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

Through a hands-on and collaborative approach, 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 touchstone texts as exemplars for craft lessons
  • 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 – $450

May be eligible for LAUSD PD hours

Heidi Schaefer has been teaching for 24 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 21 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.


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