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Continuing Education

Practicum in the Teaching of Writing (Oregon Writing Project)

Date: January 18 Location: Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark College

After the camaraderie of the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) Summer Institute, too often teachers return to the isolation of their classroom. OWP invites you to reclaim your Institute community in Saturday Seminars.

Whether you long for the conviviality of sharing stories, or you miss a community of teacher-writers who seek to increase students’ love for writing or ability to punctuate, you will fill your needs in this year-long series of 3-hour workshops facilitated by OWP director, Linda Christensen, MEd, and OWP teacher consultants.

The course is a year-long inquiry into the teaching of writing. The class culminates in a portfolio that includes your lessons, reflections about what worked in your teaching, and samples of your students’ work throughout the year. This class will continue the focus on practical classroom strategies and discussions initiated during the summer institute that help develop students as writers, as well as teachers as writers. Topics vary from session to session, but each will include time for writing and reflection as well as a framework or lesson to take back to the classroom.

Prerequisite: ED 592/ED 692. This course is open to those that have completed the OWP Summer Institute. Any previous participant in Summer Institute is invited to take or revisit Practicum

Tuition rates below reflect registration for Practicum B semesters credit. Tuition for 2020 dates will be due at the beginning of spring semester.

Registration and Details

Instructors: Linda Christensen, MEd, and OWP Teacher Consultants
2020 Course meeting dates: January 18, February 20 (OWP Renewal Day), March 14, April 18, 2020. 

Graduate degree-applicable credit: ED 594, 1 semester hour, $947

Continuing education credit: CEED 894, 1 semester hour, $350
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

About the Instructor:

Linda Christensen has been involved in the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) since her first National Writing Project Summer Institute in 1980. Linda has taught and/or provided literacy coaching in public schools for over 35 years, including seven years as the PPS district language arts specialist, and regularly provides professional development in writing across the curriculum for local and national schools. Linda is a social justice activist, leader, and author for Rethinking Schools, a national grassroots teacher reform organization, and author and editor of several books: Reading, Writing and Rising Up, 2nd Edition, Teaching for Joy and Justice, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, and most recently The New Teacher Book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom, 3rd Edition.

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