2019 Summer Open Programs

2020 Schedule Coming Soon!

Join a SJAWP teacher consultant and colleagues for productive, focused work in a writing and reading instruction topic for your grade level in a relaxing setting at SJSU.

All programs will be offered for two units of credit at $150 per unit, a total of $300. Participants can elect to add a third unit by writing an “extra credit” paper for $150 (a total of $450).Please note that Eventbrite tickets are distributed for event planning purposes, but all registration will take place on campus during the first day of each Summer Open Session. Once your registration is confirmed, you will be billed by SJSU Bursar’s Office


A National Board Certified Teacher and Heinemann Fellow, Kate loves creating a classroom experience that emboldens students to read and write their world. Kate presents at local, state and national conventions. She has published articles from her own classroom experiences empowering passionate readers and writers who own their reading and writing lives.

Santa Clara High School

Santa Clara Unified School District

Co-director – San Jose Area Writing Project

Kate Flowers

The Misunderstood Magic of Annotation 

Monday - Thursday

June 10 - 13, 2019

9:00 am - 3:15 pm

The Misunderstood Magic of Annotation, the Powerhouse Tool for Reading, Writing, and Revising

Here’s  the thing: annotation is magic. Yes, magic is a strong word, but if any literacy tool deserves to be called magic, annotation is it. Few literacy tools offer teachers and students as much power as annotation, yet it remains a misunderstood, misused and underused strategy. In this four day course, we will examine the myths surrounding annotation, explore multiple dynamic methods of annotation, including ways to integrate technology and voice recording. We’ll explore how to use annotation to deepen and challenge our thinking. Then we’ll then dive into how to teach students to use annotation as a transformational revision tool to improve their own writing.

Each morning will be interactive whole group and small group lessons and activities which you can take back to your classroom. We’ll read and write, creating models for you to use with your students next year. The afternoon will provide time to develop lessons tailored to your instructional context, supported by fellow participants and the program leader.

SJAWP Co-director and author, Jane developed and teaches the Novel Writing Certificate Program.  In addition, Jane is an experienced instructional coach with a passion for making writing engaging.

Jane Gilmore

Why Didn't Anyone Ever Teach Me This?

Monday - Thursday

June 17 - 20, 2019

9:00 am - 3:15 pm

Why didn’t anyone ever teach me this?


Is one of the first things that many teachers turned writers say when they take writing classes to focus on their personal practice. There is a gap between what is taught in schools and the trade secrets that successful writers use professionally.  This class will close the gap and share tried and true lessons that come straight out of postgraduate writing courses, all of which have been used with students in grades 3-12.

Teachers will spend their mornings studying the craft moves that professional writers make before implementing these moves in pieces of their own writing.  Teachers will also be given ample time to create plans for how they will incorporate these lessons into their classroom curriculum. From sentence to structure come learn the tricks of the trade. Take a class for yourself and grow as a writer to help your students do the same.

She is currently teaching first grade at Kathryn Hughes Elementary where she loves to integrate the arts into academic subjects.

Sunnyvale School District

Teacher Consultant – San Jose Area Writing Project

Lisa Rivera

Integrating Writing with Your School Calendar

Monday - Thursday

June 24 - 27, 2019

9:00 am - 3:15 pm

We celebrate many holidays during the school year. Why not make them even more engaging? Teachers will take away writing activities they can use for major holidays and be introduced to great mentor texts.  

Learn how to integrate some low risk STEAM activities into writing lessons. Teachers will experience how adding elements of art, practices from engineering and using technology to student writing can expand their students’ knowledge and improve their writing.  

Building a purposeful writing plan across the year and using the cultural and holiday customs of your students will enliven your classroom writing.  Incorporating art and enriching the process will make memorable products.

We will also look at how to adapt the lessons for all grade levels K-5.

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