New Teachers Writing Collaborative, 2016

The San Joaquin Valley Writing Project is pleased to open registration for our annual workshop for new teachers, the New Teachers Writing Collaborative (NTWC). Through inquiry, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the three genres of writing associated with the Common Core: narrative, informational, and argument/opinion. We will discuss the overlap between reading and writing instruction, focusing particularly on how to integrate writing instruction into unit design. Participants also will take part in writing groups, develop their skills for collaboration, and, well, WRITE! We believe that the best teachers of writing are those who write, who haven’t forgotten the demands of producing all types of writing.

Any new teacher, K-university in any discipline is welcome. We’ve decided to define “new teacher” as anyone with less than 3 years of experience.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting workshop. We will be limiting the group to just 25 participants, so please be sure to sign up and pay the $350 fee early. We urge school and district administrators to find funds to support their new teachers’ participation–and to encourage teachers to sign up.

Dates: June 20-23, June 27-30 (participants must attend all dates)

Times: 8:45-3:30

Location: Fresno State campus

Link to Registration Site

Please send a payment of $350 made out to SJVWP to the address at the end of this explanation. Your check should be accompanied by a sheet of paper with your name, snail mail address, email, and phone number. Payments for the workshop must be sent to us by May 27.

Possible funding sources: ESEA, Title I ESEA, Title II ESEA, Title III ESEA, Title V Investing in Innovation I3

San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education
5005 N. Maple Ave MS ED 202
Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Participants can also purchase 3 units of Fresno State credit for an additional $225 ($75 dollars per unit). Registration for the class will open in May.

If you have any questions, please email Jackie Smith at jaclynsmith345 (at)

Testimonials from NTWC participants:

SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER, 2015 PARTICIPANT: I was at first daunted by the idea of involving so much writing into my social science classroom, but with these tools I am very excited and less scared to incorporate writing and meet those Common Core standards.

ELA TEACHER, 2015 PARTICIPANT: The wide variety of strategies was most useful. I particularly found the fact that we practiced the activities ourselves to be extremely useful in figuring out how to incorporate this into the classroom and to view everything from a student perspective.

SPANISH TEACHER, 2015 PARTICIPANT: [A student’s writing] process may be unique but I want to teach them to embrace that and to see how they can improve it so that they can become great writers.

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