SJVWP partners with local schools and districts to design and deliver professional development for teachers. Our Teacher Leaders (TLs) are classroom teachers who have gone through our Invitational Summer Institute in which they learn presentation strategies and writing theory. They also revisit writing in ways that transforms them into reflective and experienced writers. We believe that this deepens their classroom writing instruction, enabling them to talk with credibility and expertise about writing with their students. The result is professional development that is designed for our specific location and students. TLs translate their expertise into practical, hands-on, standards-based workshops that are interactive, responsive, and engaging.

During the 2014-15 academic year, we will be working with Sierra Vista Elementary in Clovis Unified School District to support teacher development of strong writing curriculum.

In the past, we have partnered with Fresno High School, Sequoia Middle School and Dinuba Unified School District. We have also worked with schools and districts in Firebaugh, Kings Canyon, and Hanford. For more information about partnering with SJVWP, please contact Dr. Kathleen Godfrey (kgodfrey at

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