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Chicago Area Writing Project – Fall/Winter

       As fall turns into winter, it’s a great time of year to inject some new ideas and strategies in your writing program.  All workshops are led by experienced classroom teachers, and participants will receive 5 CPDUs.  Fee includes coffee/rolls, lunch and handouts.  We hope you’ll join us and invite your colleagues!
Location:  UIC, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 6th fl  Chicago, IL
Time:     Registration 8:45     Workshop:  9 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Dec. 6, 2019   Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Writing
Students are often reluctant to write or share their writing. This is particularly important with just developing or struggling writers.

  • What can we create a classroom climate where students feel safe and encouraged to take risks which is critical to good writing?
  • How does a student’s social emotional learning affect his/ her writing?
  • How can we, as teachers, provide helpful and supportive feedback?
  • How can we show students how to help and support each other’s writing through peer and whole class conferencing?

Jan. 24, 2020  Writing from Multiple Sources (Gr. 3+)

Fiction and non-fiction genres look different and are written for different purposes and audiences.

  • How can teachers can show their students how to identify important information in multiple texts or media sources?
  • How can information from multiple sources be collected and organized?
  • What are some easy writing activities in which students compose an original piece using the information they have researched including their own analyses?

We’ve invited a representative from NewsGuard.com to spend part of the morning with us to share a great tool that helps identify reliable and trustworthy online news websites. This workshop is a great follow up for anyone who attended our June 1 program with Sarah Brandt from NewsGuard.com.

REGISTRATION: To register online with a credit card, click the workshop title link above.  For a detailed registration form and to pay by check or purchase order, click Fall 2019 -Winter Program Calendar flyer(2)


2020 Scholastic Writing Program       

After hosting the Scholastic Art and Writing program for ten years, CAWP has transferring this presigious program to Writopia Lab of Chicago.  If you are a gr. 7-12 student or teacher who is interested in submitting work, you can check www.artandwriting.org or Writopia Lab Chicago for more information about this year’s program.   Writopia offers a wide variety of writing workshops and programs led by professional writers for teens and adults, and we know this beloved program is in good hands! 



CAWP offers professional development programs at your schools and in your districts in writing, reading, content area reading and writing, assessment including the PARCC and more. Click here for school program ideas and prices.  Click here for CAWP Program Price Sheet 2019-2020.

If you’re interested in hearing  about CAWP workshops and classes for individual teachers, add your name and email to our mailing list by clicking Contact Us .  Also, feel free to include the sessions/ topics that interest you in the comment section.  Hope to see you soon!

– Barbara Kato, CAWP Director