The Puget Sound Writing Project is influenced by these core beliefs: teachers who write are the best teachers of writing and teachers are the best teachers of teachers.
PSWP instructs teachers how to be better writers so they can become better teachers of writing. We sponsor Summer Institutes, an Annual Conference, in-school in-service programs, and collaborate with other efforts to promote writing across the curriculum.
Affiliated with the National Writing Project, PSWP is part of the University of Washington English Department. PSWP serves the Seattle area and all across Western Washington.
PSWP Summer 2013 Institutes for K-12 Teachers
Registration is now open for PSWP’s five 2013 summer institutes. In all of the institutes, teachers write daily, participate in peer writing groups, and demonstrate teaching strategies they know to be effective. Understanding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a national set of robust language arts and mathematics standards designed to provide students the skills they need for success in college and careers, is a focus of all our 2013 courses. Teachers work together to become members of learning communities, and to make enduring impacts on students’ abilities to write and think. PSWP’s teacher professional development ultimately helps students improve their writing, a critical skill for school and career success.
Common Core State Standards Writing Institutes – ENGLISH 475; 5 credits Cost: $650.00
These 5-credit courses are open to all K-12 teachers. They blend the Common Core State Standards with PSWP core beliefs, and presentations integrate the Standards. The institutes include writing, teaching and research strands. Teachers write daily and meet in writing groups. They also demonstrate lessons and research a topic related to writing and prepares a brief synopsis of findings to share with the group. Two courses focus on English Language Arts, one on social studies and one on science and math.
CCCS Writing and Reading in Language Arts
- UW Seattle Campus: June 24 – July 5, 2013
- UW Tacoma Campus: July 29 – August 9, 2013
CCCS Writing and Reading in Social Studies
- UW Seattle Campus: July 8 – July 19, 2013
CCCS Writing and Reading in Science & Math
- UW Seattle Campus: July 1 – July 13, 2013
2013-14 Summer Invitational Institute: ENGLISH 567 and 569; 10 credits Cost: $750.00
The Summer Invitational Institute is a year-long course which meets for two weeks in the summer and seven Saturdays during the 2013-2014 school year. This graduate-level course requires teachers to conduct in-class research on writing and work with colleagues and parents. The cost is $750 for ten graduate credits. Orientations are Saturday May 11, 2013 and Saturday, June 2; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (includes lunch); July 1 – July 12; 8:30 am to 3:30 with seven Saturday classes between September 10, 2013 and June 1, 2014.
PSWP Newsletter 2013
Click here to view our newsletter, released January 2013. This document contains important announcements about upcoming events and interesting stories relevant to the program.