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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

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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, February 23, 2013

9am-noon in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Seminar Fee: $35.00 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.

CANCELLED!! Write Like a Lawyer: Evidence Based Writing in the Intermediate Classroom with Brandy Price and Rachel Garfield: Are your students ready to write like lawyers? Could they seamlessly join the cast of courtroom stars on Law and Order? As the demands of the Common Core take center stage, the importance of supporting arguments with evidence from the text becomes more and more imperative. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies that will allow their students to read, write, and think like attorneys. The result will be more fluent writers and more engaged learners. As an added benefit, you just may write your way out of a parking ticket!

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.

Address the CCSS: Teach Students to Notice and Note with Lynne Kelsey: “Kids just don’t read any more!” How often have you heard that in the staff room, or said it yourself? Now, here come the Common Core Standards with an increased focus on text complexity that will require students to engage in effective close reading. In this three-hour “use it next week crash course” on Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst’s Notice & Note, you will learn how to teach your students to identify six signposts that lead to deeper engagement with a text. Participants will practice six model lessons, and will leave with at least one self-created classroom poster plus other useful handouts. Attendees who do not already have a copy of the book may pre-order it for a discounted price of only $15 (a $23 value) during registration (payment will be collected at the seminar).

CANCELLED!! Turning Visual Information Into Written Information Across Disciplines with Jim Harris: When my generally disruptive class finished a 12,000-year walk through history, I knew I had an instructional winner. Combining a picture book with an analytic reading and writing strategy, students were enthralled by the large, colorful artwork and by the task of transforming visual information into paragraphs. It was stunning to see their analytical, critical, and creative abilities come forth. This strategy is effective for grades 3-12 in English, science, and social studies and is aligned with the California Common Core Standards in Language Arts and social studies.

CANCELLED!! Tech it Easy with Andrew Conroy: Technology can be overwhelming at times! This seminar will focus on three exciting technologies that you will be able to use within minutes. Engrade is an online account where students can work on, and parents can review, homework assignments, quizzes, flashcards, and wikis…for free! Quizlet is a learning website that makes it easy to create and share study materials with a few friends, or an entire class. Finally, Prezi is a perfect presentation tool for every teacher and will make you forget that PowerPoint existed.

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.

Please note: In order to complete your registration, you need to complete the form below (it will turn blank when it has recorded your information), and then either scroll to the bottom of this page to pay with a credit card via or mail a check made out to The University Corporation for $35.00 to:

Kathleen Rowlands, Director
Cal State Northridge Writing Project
College of Education #176
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265