CSU, Chico News

Writing Project Offers Open Program for Teachers of Writing

Date: 07-22-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Peter Kittle
Northern California Writing Project

The Northern California Writing Project at California State University, Chico is offering a one-week summer program, from July 28 through August 1, specifically designed for teaching writing to students who live in Northern California. All teachers of writing are invited to attend.

“Students in Northern California don’t fit the general mold often thought of when California’s schools are described,” said Peter Kittle, director NCWP. “We have predominantly white students, but not necessarily middle-class; students of color are not only Hispanic, but largely Asian, Indian and Native American. Because this professional development program will be led by teachers from our area, they can give examples of successful methods of teaching to the students who actually populate Northern California classrooms, rather than the kinds of students that textbook authors think we have.”

Teacher participants will receive books, articles and binders to support their work as they develop effective teaching practices. Teacher-consultants from the Northern California Writing Project will conduct all sessions. Two professional development units are available from CSU, Chico.

Common questions teachers bring to the institute:
• What kinds of assignments can engage my students and make them better writers and thinkers?
• What is the role of writing in my classroom?
• How can I motivate students when I’m expected to focus primarily on raising test scores?
• Am I abandoning the kinds of lessons kids care most about?
• How can I find time to cover all of the State Content Standards without sacrificing the quality of my teaching?
• How can I use rubrics, assessments and student work to improve instruction?

Daily sessions will include:
• Exploring the crucial and diverse roles of reading and writing in content-specific classrooms
• Looking at integrating content-standards in ways that make sense
• Examining assessments as tools for improving student performance
• Sharing effective teaching practices
• Reading and discussing current educational articles
• Writing about concerns and issues in our classrooms

The daily sessions will run from 9 am until 3 pm in Taylor Hall, room 106.
To apply, send an e-mail to ncwp@csuchico.edu. Include your name, e-mail address, phone number, home address, school and teaching assignment. Registrations will be accepted until space is full.

For more information, contact either Peter Kittle, NCWP director, at pkittle@csuchico.edu or 530-898-5305, or Suzanne Linebarger, associate director, at slin2@aol.com or 530-570-6791.