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Continuing Education

Teaching Middle School Writing

Date: 4:30pm - 7:15pm PST February 8 Location: TBA NE Portland School

TBA NE Portland School

Teaching the Middle School Writer is an inquiry course designed for upper elementary and middle school teachers. During this five-week course, participants will examine and evaluate current approaches to writing instruction, and reflect on their own process as writers by participating in writing workshops.

Teachers will explore effective practices for teaching middle school writers through inquiry, writing-workshop methodology, explicit mini-lessons, and conferencing.

Participants will learn how to craft mini-lessons supported by mentor text with one clear, focused teaching point.

Teachers will share ideas and draw on the experiences of other teachers while taking away lessons and strategies directly applicable to the middle school classroom.

  • The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. 

Course Details and Registration

Dates: Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 2018
Location: TBA NE Portland School
Instructor: Katharine Johnson, MAT; Co-Director, Oregon Writing Project; Teacher, Portland Public Schools

Degree Applicable Credit: ED TBA, 1 semester hour, $801
Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED TBA, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

For more information or to register, contact Pam Hooten at

About the Instructor

OWP Co-director Katharine Johnson, MAT, teaches 8th grade at Irvington School. She holds the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from OWP, has served as a middle school specialist for PPS, regularly publishes articles in Rethinking Schools magazine, presents writing workshops in schools and at regional and national conferences, and has co-taught Invitational Summer Institute with Linda Christensen.  

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