professional development



What We Can Do

The Puget Sound Writing Project offers many services which can benefit teachers, schools, after school providers, and students. Our programs range from our Summer Institutes for educators (offering Continuing Education credits) to in-school, on-site, in-service workshops (from single session offerings to year-long projects to improve writing across the curriculum).

Professional Development is our business, and we have a long and proven track record in helping teachers learn more about the writing process and providing opportunities to exchange lesson plans and classroom experiences. In the past three years we have expanded our professional development to include out of school time professionals to use reflective writing, exchanging research based best practices and experiences working with kids. We all learn more when we are working together.

We All Write

This course will focus on looking how we as adults use writing and how to prepare our kids for the writing that they will be required to do in the twenty first century. Each member of this learning community will develop ways to incorporate meaningful writing into his/her work with kids. Using the CCSS and Program Quality Assessment Tools used in Afterschool and Youth Development Programs as guides, writing will be used in meaningful ways to improve writing across disciplines and settings.

Writing to Learn

In this workshop, participants will become reflective about their own practice and what works and why it works and how to improve on practice. They will experiment with strategies that use the writing process to help kids learn and display their learning using different modes of writing to communicate with a variety of audiences. Participants have opportunities to work on their own plans, try these strategies in their classrooms and work sites and discuss results and further uses of writing to learn. (This workshop can focus on any subject area: STEM, History, Art, Reading or it can be general.) You decide.

Facilitated Action Research

Up to a year long action research program in which teachers and out of school time professionals can research educational practices at their own sites to better Science, Technology, Engineering, and or Math (STEM) education for all kids, or any other focus needed for your program. This encourages staff to work together, share passions, do research and engage in reflection and inquiry. Program improvement strategies will be disseminated through a variety of written products dependent on the needs of the program. These may include, but are not limited to presentations for parents and at professional meetings, articles written for professional journals, conversations held via electronic conferences, and/or contributions to local newsletters and newspapers.

Reading and Writing for STEM

This institute focuses on writing specifically in the areas of science and technology. In particular, this class will focus on how to make a scientific argument with sound supporting evidence. This class will explore the reading, vocabulary, writing, and discussion strategies necessary to learn and reflect on learning in science and technology.

Poetry and Teaching

Poetry in the classroom helps students learn to distinguish detail, appreciate juxtaposition and read closely. It develops critical thinking experiences that are essential to writing details and supporting ideas on tests like the WASL. This workshop aims to increase participants pleasure in the reading and writing of poetry, support them as writers, provide participants with practical approaches to and strategies for in A writing workshop on writing and reading poetry. The class will include discussion of craft and plenty of time for writing and writing groups. Focus on poetic use of tone, language, and other key elements of the genre. Including poetry in the curriculum, and support writing instruction that helps students achieve the CCSS.

Teachers as Writers

In this workshop, we address the findings of research that shows that teachers who write themselves experience more success in encouraging their students to learn to write successfully. We write, examine strategies for teaching writing successfully, and practice implementing what we learn in our classrooms.

Reading Strategies for Challenged Readers

In this workshop we read and write, examine strategies for teaching reading successfully, develop reading assignments, and practice implementing what we learn in our classrooms, focusing on one at-risk student in each teacher's classroom. We want all kids to enjoy reading, and to understand that authors' writing comes from a perspective and has a purpose.

Reading and Writing for Common Core

ELA and Social Studies Language Arts and social studies content; CCSS standards; instructional strategies in reading, writing, speaking.

Reading Skills Workshop Class

This workshop centers on close reading instruction; strategies for reading reluctant readers; building vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Teachers with Writing Process

In this workshop, participants gain experience in and awareness of writing process through personal writing and participation in writing groups and classroom-appropriate writing exercises, explore the incorporation of writing process both to teach writing and in writing across the curriculum in their own classrooms, and gain assurance that "it's OK to let students write."