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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Writing today is not a frill for the few, but an essential skill for the many. "

-National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges


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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

Welcome to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project

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We are an affiliate of the National Writing Project and one of sixteen sites of the California Writing Project. Teacher Consultants from the Cal State Northridge Writing Project work with teachers, schools, and local districts to improve student writing and learning. Download a copy of our brochure for an overview of the Cal State Northridge Writing Project and our programs, and share it with colleagues.



Connecting with History: Making History Personal for Students. This Open Institute is for 5-12 history and social science teachers interested in developing strategies for engaging students and connecting them with course content. June 23, 24, and 25, 9 to noon. Download FLYER.

Stories Work: What Narrative Can Do for You and Your Students. Author Jim Fredricksen presents an interactive two-hour session on the importance of narrative as a tool to help us (and our students!) understand and shape our worlds. Download FLYER.

Reading and Writing Strategies for CCCSS Success. With the CCCSS in place, there are no more literacy silos! Reading, writing, and language are best taught using an integrated model. How might this look in your classroom? Join us on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 9 to 3 to find out!. (Lunch on your own). Download FLYER.

Teaching Writing Right! A Teacher's Toolkit. Spend five engaging mornings learning the most effective ways to grow your students (k-12) as writers. This workshop will help you understand the demands of the CCCSS "text types" (argument, explanatory, and narrative writing) and how to develop your students' proficiencies in each. Monday to Friday July 6-July 10, 2015 from 9 to noon. Download FLYER.

Unpacking Smarter Balanced's Performance Tasks: An Overview for Grades 3-11. What will students need to know and know how to do in order to do well on the end of year performance tasks? How can you plan your literacy instruction to support their success? Join us Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 9 to noon for an up close and personal look at these new tests. Download FLYER.

Improving Student Academic Writing (ISAW). Offered annually, this workshop introduces the California Writing Project's research-tested program for developing students' academic writing abilities in preparation for college and career. August 3, 4, and 5 from 9 to 3. Download FLYER.

Demystifying the New ELD Standards. Back by popular demand, this three hour workshop is designed to help educators in all content areas and at all grade levels understand and apply the new ELD Standards. Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9 to noon. Download FLYER.

The 2015 Write to Literacy Conference. Celebrating our 7th Write to Literacy Conference, teacher, author, and educational leader CAROL JAGO will be this year's keynote speaker on Saturday, October 17th from 8:30 to 3.

Our work with schools and districts has included providing ISAW professional development for English teachers from the Green Dot Schools and training of the trainers sessions in disciplinary literacies and the California Common Core State Standards for the Fillmore Unified School Distruct, Lancaster High School, and several others. More information about in-service offerings HERE.

We are excited about the many opportunities to improve writing and the teaching of writing in our service area. Please email us if you have suggestions for our Web site, ideas about programs you would like to see come to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, or if you would like us to add your contact information to our email list.

If you are a Teacher Consultant from another Writing Project and interested in working with us, please send us an email, giving your name, professional affiliation, and your home Writing Project.

Watch this web site for program updates.