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Continuing Education

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

Date: 9:00am PDT September 21, 2013 Location: TBD, Lewis & Clark

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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 OWP’s Saturday Seminars.

Saturday Seminars is a year-long series of 3-hour workshops facilitated by OWP Director Linda Christensen and OWP Co-Directors. This class will focus on practical classroom strategies and discussions that help you develop your students as writers as well as develop yourself as a writer.

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 & Registration

Dates/Times: Saturdays, September 21, October 26, November 16, January 11, March 8, April 5, May 24, 9 a.m.-noon and Tuesday, February 25, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. (OWP Renewal Day)

Location: Lewis & Clark for all Saturday classes, Renewal Day will meet at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland

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

Fee: $20 fee for OWP Renewal Day

Degree-applicable credit: ED 594, 2 semester hours, $1,608

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

For more information and to register, 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, M.A.T., teaches middle school at Irvington K-8 in Portland, Oregon. She has taught in grades 1-8 and served as writing coach for several years. Katharine is also co-director of the Oregon Writing Project and active in Rethinking Schools.

Katharine received the Ed Elliott Human Rights Award on April 20 from the Oregon Education Association. The Ed Elliott Human Rights Award recognizes contributions and leadership that advocates for social justice to promote quality of access, representation, and opportunity for all. 

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