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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Find your place on the planet. Dig in and take responsibility from there."

-Gary Snyder


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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

Saturday Seminars


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Two Sessions: 9am-noon and 1:00-4:00 pm

Seminar Fee: $25.00 each.

Give yourself the gift of professional development provided by Teacher Consultants from the Cal State Northridge Writing Project. Teachers like you, the presenters design each Seminar session with classroom practitioners in mind as they present research-based strategies for helping students succeed. Download flyer HERE.

Check in for ALL sessions is in the Lobby of The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. MAP HERE.

Morning Sessions: 9am to noon

Teach-nology with Tony Pennay: Today's students are digital natives, spending hours online daily as they download music and videos, visit social networking sites, create blogs, videos, and podcasts. This workshop looks at tapping into technology during literacy instruction. We will explore three digital technologies: podcasting, VoiceThread, and digital storytelling and examine ways to integrate these into writing instruction. Participants will receive a brief overview of these tools and have time to explore, attempt, and create. Participants should be able implement these tools immediately. College of Education MAC lab ED 2117. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!

Grant Writing for Teachers with Shelley Bartenstein: Many corporations offer small grants designed to support education, and many go begging simply because teachers don’t know about them or don’t know how to apply. In this seminar you will learn how to locate grant opportunities and how to write an effective grant proposal. College of Education PC Lab ED 2119. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!

Teaching Tips, Tricks, and Techniques with Lynne Kelsey: Would you like your teaching life to be a little bit easier? Do you like saving money, space, and time? Invest three hours and come away with a plethora of tips, tricks, and techniques! Participants will receive a wealth of resources for the classroom and beyond. Juniper Hall 1212. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!

Developing Academic Language for English Learners with Ximena Miller: This Seminar will offer teachers proven strategies for helping your ELL students develop the academic language they need to do proficient work in any content area. Juniper Hall 1230. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!

Afternoon Sessions 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Going Back to Step Ahead: Getting Students Ready for On-Demand Writing with James Harris: Using techniques from Kelly Gallagher’s Teaching the Adolescent Writer, this seminar will demonstrate how to make students eager to write before teaching on-demand writing. Participants will explore the connection between motivation and proficiency, recognize the importance of student choice to generate motivation, and understand how partial choice provides a bridge to on-demand writing instruction.Juniper Hall 1212. REGISTER AND PAY HERE


Teaching the Personal Statement for College Applications with Sharon Kelley: What do college admissions officers expect to find in college application essays? Learn how to help students write vivid personal statements and apply the specific narrative devices that help personal statements make an excellent impression when it really counts! Juniper Hall 1230. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!


Closing the Achievement Gap with Louise Davies: Using core concepts from Freeman, Freeman, and Mercuri’s Closing the Achievement Gap, this seminar will demonstrate how teachers teach students to see themselves as problem solvers, not just receivers of information, and will show how a cultural relevance rubric can help students engage in core subjects.Juniper Hall 1238. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!

Breaking Through: Going Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay with Shayna Arhanian: In this session the presenter will provide participants with successful writing strategies to help students move beyond the five paragraph essay structure. Through the use of prewriting and organization, teamed with an engaging activity, participants will walk away with a series of sequenced and scaffolded lessons to help students develop length and depth in their essay writing.Juniper Hall 1236. REGISTER AND PAY HERE!

Apply early! Enrollment is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. All Seminar Sessions will be held at California State University, Northridge. Participants will be informed of the specific locations when registration is confirmed with payment.