Super Saturdays for Teachers


  • September 28, 2019

  • October 19, 2019

  • November 16, 2019

Teachers may attend workshops of interest which are not their grade level assignment. 

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At Super Saturdays, teachers and students participate in the presenter’s workshop, which includes demonstration, mentor texts, engaging strategies, writing time, and sharing.

1-3 units of graduate credits available for $150 per unit. Look into our Credit Information options for more details.

Note to Coaches: Participate for free, attending with one of your mentees! Register and scroll to the bottom of the ticket option to select “FREE Mentor & Coaching Ticket.”

  • 9:30–10:00 am: Registration in Sweeney Hall Courtyard

  • 10:00–10:30 am: Pre-conference with teacher consultant on lesson objectives & plans

  • 10:30 am–12:30 pm: Participate in the Saturday Seminar with leader, other teachers and students

  • 12:30–1:00 pm: Debrief with the teacher consultant

Teachers & presenter preview lessons before the workshop and debrief after students leave.


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$30.00 per session (+ online processing fee)
$75.00 for all 3 sessions (+ online processing fee)

Walk In

Walk-in registration, to be paid by cash or check only.

No credit cards accepted.

$35.00 per session
$75.00 for all 3 sessions

Registration Fees

ESUHSD Teachers
Contact Jefferylynn Davis ( for the latest conference request form. Complete and submit that form before the workshop you plan to attend. The district will pay your registration fee only.


Primary/Elementary School Teachers

Making Workshop Work Wonderfully for Students (and for You)

A 3-part series highlighting teaching writing

A writing community is a vibrant space where writers share ideas and collect strategies. Lots of writing happens there. How do you establish positive, creative conditions that invite students to risk writing at their growing edge and revising their work for real audiences? This series is designed to help you find your inner writer and confidently lead purposeful instruction. Each session offers live workshop teaching and discussions about what lifts the level of student work. The teacher consultant team, Lorena Lopez and Laura Brown, will guide you in making your writing workshop into a space where you and your students love writing.

Lorena Lopez, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, Assistant Principal, Hoover MS, SJUSD

Laura Brown, SJAWP Leadership Team, Co-Director Invitational Summer Institute, retired Intervention Coach

 “Writing may seem like magic, but it is for us to take our students behind the stage curtain and show them the pigeons being tucked up the magician’s sleeves.” —Donald Murray 

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Why Workshop?

Consider typical school writing and compare it with process writing. What matters most in your instruction? If you have an established workshop and want to refresh it, or if you are considering teaching writing in workshop style, join us for an informative and interactive morning with colleagues and young writers.

September 28, 2019

How Writing Works from the Inside

Teacher education and typical professional development does not explicitly teach us what writers really do when they write. The workshop model is based on learning to write the way writers do. This approach gives students choice and builds independence. Observing and talking with our students is helpful in our instruction, but another key piece is sitting on the other side of the desk to better understand what young writers are attempting and to practice the craft we hope to teach. Come have some fun with colleagues and kids.

October 19, 2019

What do Writers Talk About?

Writing alongside our students is walking the walk, and we soon find that we also need to talk the talk. Explore some ways writers talk to themselves and readers while revising drafts to receive feedback. Confer with individual writers or small groups to see how that work clarifies writing moves and gives students strategies they can use in their next story, genre, or unit. Listen to presenting teachers read aloud exemplar texts, giving commentary on the relevant strategies in the writing. Engage in writing conversations with students and colleagues and become better prepared to confer with your own students.

November 16, 2019


Elementary/Middle School Teachers

YES, And... Using the Rules of Improv to Inspire Writing

A 3-part series using drama improv to open the doors to writing.

Who gives us permission to create?  Many students of writing are under the mistaken impression that conditions need to be perfect to foster the flow of ideas, and that only the “good’ ideas should be explored. In this course we will apply the rules of improvisation to the page. Using individual and group exercises designed to connect students to their own process, we will unleash new creative practices that fully engage the whole student in the act of writing. 

SJAWP Associate Director Jane Gilmore leads the Novel Writing Program and co-directs the Creative Writing Camp at Cumberland as well as the Teen Writers Institute at San Jose State.

Arcadia Conrad is a writer and director of the award-winning Cupertino Actors Theater out of Cupertino High School.

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Rule 1: Say Yes

September 28, 2019

Rule 2: Know Your Audience and Surprise Them

October 19, 2019

Rule 3: Timing is Everything

November 16, 2019


Middle/High School Teachers

Between the Commas

The spring 9-12 seminars will be led by Marty Brandt, highlighting work in his recently published Heinemann book, Between the Commas: Sentence Instruction that Builds Confident Writers (and Writing Teachers). Marty’s sessions on coherence are hands-on and interactive.

Come for one, or come for all three; whatever the case, you will leave with a greater understanding of the role the sentence plays in writing development.

Martin Brandt is a Teacher Consultant with SJAWP and teaches at Independence High School, East Side Union HSD.

While each workshop can stand alone, one can draw more meaning from each seminar with other seminars to build upon. Also, registering for the series saves you money and time.

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Toward a Pedagogy of Coherence in Writing

Writing across the curriculum presents challenges for everybody, not just English teachers. Students often struggle to balance course content with the need to write clearly, presenting a difficult situation for both student and teacher. So what can we do to help our students write both independently and coherently? In this workshop we will explore the meaning of coherence in writing and use a model of coherence to help students anticipate the needs of their readers, so they can free themselves of the agonizing survival tactics that so often characterize their writing.

September 28, 2019

Sentence Focus: Finding the Secret Agent

Successful sentences always have a clear agent performing an action. But how do we find this agent when addressing writing prompts? This workshop will help you and your students find the “Secret Agent” often lurking in the shadows of everything from reading comprehension questions to prompts for major essays.

October 19, 2019

Branching Left, Branching Right: How We Develop Longer Sentences

The longer our sentences become, the more difficult they are to navigate. But if we understand which kinds of phrases or clauses go the left of the subject-verb core and which go to the right, we can help our students move smoothly through treacherous waters. 

November 16, 2019

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