Young Writers' Camp/Geisel Library

The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) had a busy summer, as we provided professional development for close to 60 teachers from throughout San Diego county. We welcomed 17 new Fellows (K-16) during our 4-week Invitational Summer Institute leadership program.  All participants, whether leader or new Fellow, presented an inquiry-based workshop of their own successful teaching practices. These educators also had the opportunity to explore their roles as writers, teachers and leaders with the goal of improving writing for all of their students as they read and discussed current research on the theory and practice of teaching writing and explored the impact that race, language, poverty, and privilege have on equity in teaching and learning.  

 We hosted a 3-day workshop for K-17 educators, “Writing for Change: 21st Century Writing Instruction,” at the school of Digital Media Design at Kearny High School. During these hands-on sessions, 39 teachers joined SDAWP Teacher Consultants to explore the use of digital media for engaging and enhancing student learning while providing a rigorous and socially responsible writing curriculum.

More than 250 students in grades 3-community college came to the UC San Diego campus for a variety of Young Writers programs this summer. We hosted Writing in Nature, Improving Students’ Academic Writing, College Essay, and our signature program, Young Writers’ Camp.  You can see from the photos that they enjoyed their time exploring and writing on a university campus!

 All of these programs provided a learning opportunity for 31 of our own teacher consultants and 20 teaching assistants. The SDAWP believes that student writing can be improved by improving the teaching of writing and summer provides the ideal opportunity for our teachers to gain insight from their own writing experiences and also from the writing of their peers.