The need for a quick way to send out information to all fellows has never been more apparent than this week! Just last week, SCWriP sent out an email blast with news. Since then, four other opportunities have appeared.
1. The Big Read: Our friend Mashey Bernstein in the Writing program here at UCSB is recruiting those interested in taking part in the UC-wide scoring session of the Academic Writing Placement Examination (AWPE), formerly known as Subject A Exam. Over the years a good number of SCWriP fellows have done this and found it to be rewarding.
Here is Mashey with some details: Since
2010, the scoring has moved on-line and will be done over the period Sunday May
27th thru Saturday June 2nd. The 2012 reading will begin at 9:00 am on
Sunday, May 27th (the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). After viewing a
video introducing the exam and the rangefinders, readers will proceed through
sets of essays then they'll demonstrate their scoring accuracy on a group of
ten qualifying papers. This initial step of the reading will be completed by 6:00 pm on Memorial Day, May 30. Readers will score essays on their own schedule and at their own
pace over the next five and a half days. Their work will be
reviewed by a scoring leader with whom they'll be able to communicate by e-mail
or phone. The essays themselves will be scanned versions of the students'
Finally, workload and pay: readers can commit to scoring as few as 150 essays (for $380) or as many as 400 (for $880), in 50-essay increments. If interested, submit your name and email address. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Digital Learning Day, February 1, 2012: If you haven't already, link here to see all the amazing contributions of your writing project colleagues from around the state: http://www.californiawritingproject.org/DLD/digitallearningday.html
Next, sign up on the national Digital Literacy Day website to demonstrate our numbers and our statewide reach—an easy, but very important, way to help. Here is why: The sponsoring organization for Digital Learning Day, the Alliance for Excellent Education, is a powerful advocate for education initiatives, literacy related ones in particular. Their leaders recently have worked with Congress to restore funding for several organizations that were defunded along the NWP. Policymakers listen to their leaders. Over the years, however, they have vacillated between supporting teachers (the Writing Project way) and reforming systems as the best way to improve schools. A large number of Writing Project teachers who sign up and show off will help them see the power of they way we network, both within a site and across the state.
When you sign up as a teacher, some extra fields will pop up. Please fill them in as follows. All of your sign-ups will link to California's data and make a compelling statement about SCWriP and CWP.
Organization Name: Your School/SCWriP
Organization Address (line 1): School Address
Organization Address (line 2): The Gervirtz School, UCSB
Sign up for Digital Learning Day at this link: http://www.digitallearningday.org/sign-up
3. The 2012 Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City: The Holocaust Educators Network, in partnership with the National Writing Project, announces 24 fellowships for middle school, high school, and college teacher-consultants across the NWP to attend the Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City. Using an inquiry-based approach, this program will encourage teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about methods and approaches for teaching the Holocaust. The seminar will consider how we engage students with difficult material such as hatred, prejudice, and state-sanctioned genocide, and how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help us develop empathy and move us toward action. While the focus is on the Holocaust, attention will also be given to more recent genocides. Application deadline is January 31, 2012.
For more info and application procedures go to: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/events/567
4. California English: Carol Jago, has extended the theme “Professional Development That Matters” to the next issue of California English. The new submission deadline is February 1, 2012. Despite the fact that my name was misspelled in the table of contents and on the byline of the new issue, I think it is a great journal to write for. This is another way to show the reach and impact of the Writing Project.
5. NWP Connect: Finally, if you had signed up for SCWriP’s fellows only website, you would already know all of this. Find that email where you were invited or send me a note and I will invite you again.
For many of you, this weekend marks the halfway point in the school year. I recall what a mix of emotions that realization generated (Only halfway!). Looking forward to seeing many of you at our Ventura county Planning and development meeting on 1/26 at Rio del Valle School in Oxnard.