San Marcos Writing Project 2017 Summer Institute

About SMWP

The San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP) is one of 190 sites of the National Writing Project (17 in California), which is a professional development network of teachers whose goal is to improve student-writing achievement by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's schools.

The writing project is a resource for teachers and school districts. During the school year, writing project teachers can also provide professional development workshops for other teachers in their schools and communities. We host Open Institutes around relevant topics for two weeks in the summer or two to three day workshops during the school year. We also host Young Writer's Camps for two weeks in the summer at school sites around North San Diego County for students in grades two through eight.

Contact Information:

Laurie Stowell

SMWP Director


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In our Summer Institute, we will:

  • write, share our writing, and develop confidence in our own writing.
  • learn research based reading and writing strategies that can improve the academic achievement of native English speaking students and non Native English speakers.
  • read and have conversations about current research, policy and assessment.
  • build content-based curriculum based on the CCSS.
  • learn to use many digital tools that support reading and writing.
  • share and learn approaches for teaching writing and critical literacy across disciplines.
  • develop our leadership skills.

Summer Institute Dates: June 26 to July 20, 2017

More details and to apply: Flyer & Application

Deadline to apply: May 12, 2017