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Continuing Education

(OWP) Practicum in the Teaching of Writing: Saturday Seminars

Date: September 22, 2012 - May 4, 2013 Location: Corbett Annex 100

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Corbett Annex 100

After the camaraderie of the Summer Institute, too often teachers return to the isolation of their classrooms. But you can reclaim your summer institute community in the Saturday Seminars.  Whether you long for the laughter and tears of teachers sharing stories, or you miss a community of teacher-writers who seek to increase their students’ love for writing or their ability to punctuate, you will fill your needs in the Saturday Seminars.

Saturday Seminars is a year-long series of 3.5-hour workshops facilitated by OWP Director Linda Christensen and OWP Co-Directors. This class will focus on practical classroom strategies and discussions that help develop students as writers as well as teachers as writers. Topics vary from session to session, but each will include time for teacher writing and reflection as well as a framework or lesson to take back to the classroom. As part of the classroom hours, teachers also attend an OWP Renewal Day in February. 

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Course Details

Dates: Saturdays, September 22, December 1, 2012, January 26, March 2, April 6, and May 4, 2013.

Time:  9 a.m.-noon

PLUS Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (full day writing renewal — you will need a sub for a professional development day — $20 registration fee is extra beyond tuition fees).

PLUS attendance at the 5th Annual Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference to be held Saturday, October 20, at Madison HS, Portland, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For information, see OR, attend the Oregon Council of Teachers of English Conference on Saturday, October 6, at Wilsonville HS, Wilsonville, OR. For information, see

Note:  Grades are not available until the course ends in May 2013.

Instructors: Linda Christensen, M.Ed., OWP Director, and Katharine Johnson, M.A.T., OWP Co-Director

Degree-applicable credit: ED 594, 2 semester hours, $1,546

Continuing education credit: CEED 894, 2 semester hours, $700

To register or for more information contact Pam Hooten at

About the Instructors

Linda Christensen, M.Ed. has been involved in the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) since her first National Writing Project Summer Institute in 1980. An often requested keynote speaker at educator conferences nationally and internationally, Linda has taught and/or provided literacy coaching in public schools for over 30 years, including seven years as the PPS district language arts specialist, and regularly provides professional development in writing across the curriculum for regional schools. Linda is a social justice activist, leader, and author for Rethinking Schools, a national grassroots teacher reform organization, and author of two books: Reading, Writing and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice

Katharine Johnson, B.A. ‘93, M.A.T. ‘98 is a teacher at Irvington School in Northeast Portland.  She has taught 1st through 8th grade as well as working for a few years as a writing coach.  In addition to teaching, Katharine is co-director of the Oregon Writing Project and active with Portland Area Rethinking Schools.  

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