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Powerful, Practical Professional Development for Writing Teachers K-12

Join our teacher-led Professional Learning Community (PLC) to extend your growth, self-reflection, and earn graduate college credit. Fall 2022 will be hosted by Sarah Zerwin and Aeriale Johnson.


This August, join SJAWP for another special event hosted by instructor Sarah Zerwin!

Registration is open!

Making Non-Traditional Grading Work by Putting Students Out Front


We’re looking toward a new school year, and whether you’ve already moved away from traditional grading or are curious about it, this session will invite you to reflect on some key components of using non-traditional, student-led grading to support the growth of readers and writers in the secondary classroom. The session will include some short pauses to reflect on your own practice and to engage in brief conversation with other participants. We’ll explore the following:

Distinguishing between traditional grading practices that center teachers and differentiated grading practices that put students out front as the most important users of classroom assessment data.
Emphasizing learning over grading.
Putting rubrics in students’ hands to use in formative rather than summative ways, as powerful tools to grow writers.
Making classrooms safe places for the risk taking that writers and readers must do to grow.


Tuesday, August 9th @ 10:00am - 11:30am



About the


Sarah Zerwin

My career started with student teaching at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado in January of 1996. Since then, I have taught in Washington State, Illinois, and Colorado, both high school and university methods classes (but mostly high school). I am proud to be public school educated, K through PhD. I am also a teacher consultant for the Colorado Writing Project. My first book came out in 2020: Pointless: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading, and I’m working on my second book about instructional practices that encourage student-led learning in the secondary language arts classroom. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to invite my students to read our complex world so they can write their own futures within it. I teach language arts and work as an instructional coach at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, where I live with my husband and dog, across town from our college student daughter (whom we get to see at least every other weekend when she needs to do her laundry).

Fall 2022 PLC


K-12 Teachers


​Sarah Zerwin:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, October 11, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)

  • Session 2: Tuesday, October 18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)

  • Session 3: Tuesday, October 25, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)

  • Session 4: Tuesday, November 1, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)

  • Session 5: Tuesday, November 8, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)

  • Session 6: Tuesday, November 15, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)

Aeriale Johnson:

  • Session 1: Saturday, October 22, 9:00am - 11:00am (2 hours)

  • Session 2: Saturday, October 29, 9:00am - 11:00am (2 hours)

  • Session 4: Saturday, November 5, 9:00am - 11:00am (2 hours)

  • Session 5: Saturday, December 3, 9:00am - 11:00am (2 hours)


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