WOW Workshops, 2017-18

We are pleased to announce our 2017-18 WOW Workshops. These workshops focus on different aspects of writing instruction and are applicable to all teachers, including pre-service teachers, new and experienced teachers, and SJVWP Teacher Consultants.

During this academic year, our workshops will focus on the needs of students in the Central Valley, including students in foster care and those who are English language learners. Our fall workshops will include a Saturday session in September that builds our knowledge about issues local students face and an October session that examines how ideas about growth mindset can influence our writing curriculum. In the spring, we’ll have a special after school session that will help us shape experiences with writing that encourage students to intervene in public discussions. Our last workshop, in February, will explore creative ways that student writing can be grounded in our community.

  • September 30, 2017 (Saturday morning): Writing Curriculum for At-Risk Students, using writing to empower students with special needs, including those who are in foster care
  • October 28, 2017 (Saturday morning): Fostering a Growth Mindset through Writing Curriculum, designing curriculum with an eye towards mindfulness/growth mindset
  • January 25, 2018 (Thursday after school): Using Writing to Engage with the Central Valley, place-based writing–writing about nature, place, and issues related to the Central Valley
  • February 24, 2018 (Saturday morning): Moving Writing Beyond the Classroom, helping students take their writing public in meaningful ways and develop communication skills they will need outside our classrooms

The cost of these workshops is $20 for each or $75 for all four. Undergraduate and credential program students can attend for free.

One unit of credit is available for those who attend all workshops–however, you must register by Oct. 15, 2017 to earn the unit. Please contact Dr. Wahleithner ( for registration information.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting series that will focus on local issues related to writing instruction. Hover over each date for the link to the registration site. Please be sure to fill out the registration form for each workshop you’d like to attend so that we can notify you about location, times, parking, and other details.

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