About SJVWP

WHO WE ARE

*Network of K-16 Teacher Leaders who support teaching and learning of writing in ALL disciplines
*Local site of California Writing Project (California Subject Matter Projects) and National Writing Project networks
*Established at Fresno State in 1979

WHAT WE DO

*Develop teachers as writers, researchers, and instructional leaders
*Provide professional development for teachers grounded in research and real-classroom experience, connected to the Common Core Standards
*Provide writing programs for students and families
*Serve over 350 local K-16 teachers annually

WHY WE DO IT

*Too often, teachers enter the classroom unprepared to teach writing
*Common Core State Standards demand that ALL teachers have a strong grasp of different text types and how to teach those text types
*Students need opportunities to engage in sustained, thoughtful writing assignments throughout their K-12 careers

WHY WE ARE EFFECTIVE

*Provide contextually-relevant professional development, tailored to meet the needs of teachers and students at your site or district
*Develop teachers into site and district leaders of writing instruction
*Led by Teacher Leaders, experts at their craft, sharing approaches they use successfully with their own students

What People Say

Our presenter listened to what we needed and adjusted her presentation based on our needs. She sat in the trenches with us and cognitively coached us through what would be most effective.

Social Science Teacher

…seeing how we can scaffold writing instruction without drill and kill. I saw how we circled back to the different things we were doing and I think that was really helpful. I always have a hard time figuring out how to sequence my writing instruction so I was really happy to see that modeled.

New Teachers’ Writing Collaborative Participant

I think the time we spent creating, implementing, and studying our lessons for the students was most beneficial because it gave me practice and gave me the opportunity to analyze the lesson and hear from other professionals.

Teacher Participant

Let’s write something together!


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