Online Professional Development Available


The Oregon Writing Project Collaborative at George Fox is pleased to announce two online K-12 professional development opportunities in October 2015. The first is Writing Process in which you can explore the ins and outs, ups and downs, and twists and turns of writing; help K-12 students draft their own ideas and polish their message; connect with other dedicated teachers.

The second opportunity is Writing to Learn in which you can explore writing tasks in the K-12 classroom that can help students explore ideas, concepts and resources that increase content area learning. Read, write, connect and learn.

Each workshop is six hours, which can be completed entirely online, at your own pace, either all in one day or throughout the days between October 8 and October 22. Each workshop costs $100 and hours can be applied to PDUs.

For more information contact Angela Obery, PhD, at or 503.315.8292. To register, email or complete this online registration form.

Teachers Needed to Plan and Lead Young Writers’ Camps


Young Writers Camps have long been a foundation activity for Writing Project sites, including ours. We are in midst of planning four hybrid and online camps which we plan to launch next summer. We are excited about this initiative and reaching students who prefer to interact through an online environment. In addition, we hope to continue with our popular face-to-face Young Writers’ Camps. We are inviting all interested Writing Project teachers to join us in this effort. If you have questions or would like to volunteer to participate, please contact Karen Hamlin at

Winter Institute Coming January 2016


Those of you who have enjoyed participating in an Institute understand the camaraderie that develops among participants, as well as the professional growth. If you haven’t gone through an institute, we hope you’ll consider joining us for the 2016 Winter Institute in the Teaching of Writing. Last year’s institute was a wonderful experience; 17 educators joined in the close study of teaching writing and developing themselves as writers. The group was comprised of administrators, teachers, and professors, which provided diverse perspectives and stimulating conversation. We want to have another great year. If you are considering the Winter Institute and want more details, please contact Susanna Steeg at

Don’t wait! Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Apply here.

Teacher Leaders in New Positions


We are delighted that two of our Oregon Writing Project teacher leaders, Sarah Dalisky and Matt Hurst, have been hired into Instructional Coaching positions in the Salem-Keizer School District. Sarah joined us as a coach for our Winter Institute in the Teaching of Writing and Matt is currently participating on a design team to create and implement Digital Young Writers Camps for George Fox University. Congratulations, Sarah and Matt!