The centerpiece of the UC Irvine Writing Project is the Summer Institute on the Teaching of Composition and Literature (Education 332.7), an intensive four-week, 100-hour seminar for veteran teachers in the field. It is designed to help teachers (elementary through university) develop techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking to their students, enhance their own abilities as writers, and impart what they have learned to other teachers in in-service workshops. We aim to renew our teachers’ sense of excitement about and commitment to the teaching of composition and literature and instill in them a firmer grasp of the processes of reading, thinking, and writing.
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In addition to the Summer Institute Program that is offered to teachers in the summer, the UCI Writing Project also offers summer programs to further teacher development.
Enhancing CCSS through TECHNOLOGY!
Catherine D'Aoust, Co-Director, UCI Writing Project and Teacher Consultant
This week-long in-service series will support ELA teachers of all skill levels in their use of technology to enhance their CCSS practice. They will receive hands on technology training geared to increasing student engagement and critical thinking related to CCSS.
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Expand Your CCSS Genre Specific K-5 Writing Program
Leslie Terry, 2nd Grade Teacher, Robinson Ranch Elementary, Teacher/Consultant
Investigate and apply Common Core State Standards while acquiring researched-based techniques and strategies aligned with CCSS. Participants will deepen their understanding of Informative/Explanatory, Opinion, and Narrative Writing as active learners through direct instruction, guided practice, collaboration, and application of newly learned concepts. This class will enable teachers to evaluate student writing and provide specific, meaningful feedback, increasing student understanding and proficiency. Planning time will be provided.
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Helping Young Readers and Writers THINK BIG
Angie Balius, Emily McCourtney, and Mary Widtmann, Teachers/Consultants
Elevate student engagement with a hands-on approach to teaching the cognitive strategies in your reading and writing program. Participants will have access to a treasure trove of lessons that will enhance students’ reading comprehension and strengthen their writing abilities using a balance of digital and traditional lesson strategies. Our focus will be on using standards-based lessons to help students read and write the genres of Informative, Narrative, and Opinion/Argument.
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The 2016 Annual Literacy Conference at the UCI Student Center was a great success, hosting over 500 educators from Southern California dedicated to improving students as readers and writers. Keynote speakers Deborah Appleman, Jeffrey Wilhelm, and Jim Burke covered the theme of the conference, Teaching Better by Design: Helping Students to Dive Deep as Readers and Writers, while Jan Burkins, Kim Yaris, Mark Overmeyer, Gretchen Bernabei, and Carol Jago presented an assortment of related workshops.