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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Writers don't need to be given formulas; they need to be shown possibilities"

-Barry Lane


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

ISAW: Improving Student Analytic Writing

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ISAW (Improving Students’ Analytic Writing) is the California Writing Project’s nationally recognized program that provides teachers—secondary, community college, and university—with a professional community focused on empowering all students to write academically, analytically, and engagingly. Simply, ISAW shows teachers how to engage students in academic writing--the writing they'll be expected to produce once they leave high school. But, ISAW is about more than getting students ready for college. It teaches students how to participate in the discourse of writing, and gets them writing about matters in a way that goes beyond the five paragraph essay, preparing them with a basis for writing for life.

July 25-27, 2018 from 9 until 12 pm. (Continental breakfast provided.)

Only $75! ($50 with a CSUN ID). Includes all materials.

ISAW will provide effective professional development if you wish to:

• demystify the teaching and learning of analytic writing;

• examine how teachers can make academic writing an integral component of a high school curriculum by focusing on student improvement;

• provide students with effective Common Core writing instruction that addresses all ten writing Anchor Standards (and many of the Reading Standards as well;

• accelerate the academic writing improvement of all students—the college-bound, English learners, and struggling writers—and preparing more of these students for college; and

• are interested in collaborating with high school, community college, and four-year university teachers to move students along a pathway of academic preparation that leads to success in and beyond high school.

Download the FLYER here.

The California Writing Project ISAW flyer contains detailed information about the program and its astonishing success with students since 1999.

Skeptical? Here is an example of ISAW Student Writing Improvement.

Still need to be persuaded? Read what ISAW teachers say about the development in their ability to teach analytical writing and critical reading.

Registration includes:
Continental breakfast;
All books and materials; classroom resources, writing prompts and classroom-tested strategies that support students in their writing of compelling academic essays; and
the California Writing Project Improvement Continuum.


Use the FLYER to register by mail or send a check or P.O. to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, c/o Kathleen Rowlands, Director, Department of Secondary Education, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8265.

Space Is Limited! Register Early!

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