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Continuing Education

Practicum in the Teaching of Writing (Oregon Writing Project)

Date: September 21 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

Participants will register for Practicum A in the fall, and Practicum B by September 21in the spring. Tuition rates below reflect that dual registration for both 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
Course meeting dates: Saturdays, September 21, October 5, November 2 & 23, 2019, January 18, February 20 (OWP Renewal Day), March 14, April 18, 2020
Conference Attendance: Attendance is required at one of the three conferences below, or at an alternative Professional Development experience. For questions, please check with instructor. Registration fees for either conference are not included in course tuition and are to be paid by the class participant.

  • Saturday, September 28 - Oregon Council for the Social Studies Conference, Portland State University
  • Saturday, October 12 - Oregon Council of Teachers of English Conference, Wilsonville High School
  • Saturday, October 19 - Northwest Conference for Teachers of Social Justice, Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle, WA

Graduate degree-applicable credit: ED 594, 2 semester hours, $1,894

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