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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
writing.project@csun.edu
818-677-2534

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, part of the California Subject Matter Project. In a recent letter to LEAs, Tom Torlakson wrote, "Another valuable partner is the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP). With more than 90 regional sites statewide, the CSMP is a network of nine discipline-based communities of practice that promote high-quality teaching and leadership. The CSMP sites operate on the fundamental belief that rigorous professional learning, designed collaboratively by kindergarten through grade twelve and university educators, enhances learning for all students. More importantly, the CSMPs advance a “teachers teaching teachers” principle that is central to its sustainability. See the CSMP Web site at https://csmp.ucop.edu/ for more.”

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. Contact us at writing.project@csun.edu to discuss how we might develop targeted professional learning to benefit YOUR teachers.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Applications for the Invitational Summer Institute are due April 18th. K-university educators in all disciplines are welcome! For additional information, download the brochure HERE.

Demystifying the ELD Standards. In California, almost every student can be thought of as an English learner! “Integrated Literacy Instruction” and “Designated Literacy Instruction” are a focal point of California’s new ELA/ELD Framework, explicitly putting English language development at the core for ALL students and envisioning English Language Development as the responsibility of all teachers. In this workshop you will receive a free copy of the ELD Standards (printed in color!), learn how to navigate the different levels, and explore some of the instructional adjustments the standards require. Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 until noon. Download the flyer HERE.

The Write Stuff: Young Writer's Camp. The Camp will be held Monday-Friday June 20-July 8th (but NOT July 4th) from 9-noon at Hale Charter Academy, 23830 Califa Street, Woodland Hills 91367. Download the flyer HERE.

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) for Middle School. Gain the knowledge and acquire the materials to teach the newly released ERWC modules for 7th and 8th grades by participating in a 3-day Open Institute.September 14, and 15, and October 6 from 8:30 to 3:30. Breakfast, lunch, and all materials included.

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.