Looking for Professional Development for your school or district?
Scope of Training
The UCLA Writing Project tailors workshops to the needs of your school. It includes basic writing project strategies and processes embedded in lessons around different genres—narrative, persuasive, expository, response to literature, letter writing, poetry. Also included, in the context of the reading and the writing, are strategies for revising and for teaching grammar and the conventions. Participants share their own writing in writing groups and learn approaches for commenting on student writing. We stress publishing in many ways—anthologies, open mic nights, author’s chair.
The UCLA Writing Project, along with the over 200 sites of the National Writing Project, believes that teachers are the best teachers of other teachers. All workshops are hands-on and all teacher participants write. Teachers who write—write for themselves, write to their own assignments, write and share along with their students—are the best teachers of writing.
Length of Training
Designed to meet the needs of the schools or districts. We hold these workshops during schools hours, after school hours, on Saturdays–according to school or district requirements. We invite superintendents, principals, professional development coordinators to talk with us about designing a program, one that will continue over time, that will focus not only on teaching strategies but on building rubrics, looking at student work, and coaching teachers as they return to their classrooms.
Follow-up is essential. We prefer not to contract for one-time professional development. We think a multi-year plan is more effective than professional development for one-year only. We can follow a series with more sessions, or with grade-level coaching, class-room observations, or demo lessons.
We can do the workshops at UCLA or at a school site.
Direct professional development questions or inquires to:
Director, UCLA Writing Project