New Teachers Writing Collaborative, 2017

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 12-15, June 19-22 (participants should plan to attend all dates)

Times: 8:45-3:30

Location: Fresno State campus

Link to Registration Site

Participants can also purchase 3 units of Fresno State credit for an additional $225 ($75 dollars per unit).

Possible funding sources: ESEA, Title I, II, III, V; Investing in Innovation I3; College Readiness Block Grant; LCAP funding

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

Testimonials from NTWC participants:

ELA TEACHER, 2016 PARTICIPANT: The New Teachers’ Writing Collaborative taught me strategies to get creative with my instruction, empower my students with and through writing, and integrate inquiry and movement into various learning experiences. It reminded me that my students are capable of taking risks, and that I am capable of guiding them.

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.

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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