Join Newberg Youth Coding and Writing Camp Efforts


OWPC at George Fox is hoping to launch a Young Writers Camp this summer with a tentative title of C3 Camp: Create, Code, and Compose. We are inviting four to five K-6 Writing Project Teachers to help with this effort. The planning and leading teams will include at least one educator with expertise in coding and technology, so you do not need to be an expert in technology, although it would be great to have teachers who are somewhat familiar with iPads. 

The work we are inviting you to participate in is to envision and enact a week-long wriring camp designed around inquiry-based concepts of education. There is a lot of room within this model for your own ideas and best teaching practices! There is also potential for GFU student teachers to participate alongside you in this work. Interested teachers must be available and willing to commit to:

  1. One working day on Saturday, January 30, location TBD
  2. Four follow-up meetings this spring
  3. Time to recruit kids and organize details of the camp
  4. Time to co-lead the camps in Newberg during the week of June 20-24, 2016.

Teachers will be paid a stipend of $300 for the Design Work in January and the follow-up meetings in the spring. Teachers will be paid additional stipends for recruiting, coordinating, and leading the June Young Writer's Camp. This work will be led by Susanna Steeg.

This work is funded by a grant from the National Writing Project to support Writing Project teachers in working together to explore, dream, design, and pilot innovative models of Young Writers Camps. Our goals are to extend educational opportunities to underserved children in the Newberg area.

Space Still Available for Winter Institute


There are still some spaces available in the 2016 Winter Institute in the Teaching of Writing. If you have gone through the Institute, you know what a benefit it can be for your classroom practice as well as your own writing practice. Consider nominating a fellow educator to participate; you are in a great position to know who in your circle would benefit from the experience. Please submit your nominations online here.

If you have not gone through an Institute, check here for more information or apply now!

This unique NWP institute offers a Friday night/Saturday format one weekend a month January 2016 through April 2016. Like the Summer Institute, the Invitational Winter Institute provides a collegial writing forum where experienced teachers come together to share, refine, and build upon successful writing strategies they've used in their classrooms. Teachers will work on developing themselves as writers and acquire strategies and resources to support all students in meeting CCSS. Participants who complete an institute become Writing Project Teachers, eligible to coordinate professional development activities and Young Writers' Camps. Teachers will earn graduate-level semester credits or professional development units (PDU's) to be applied to their professional certificates. GFU supports the institute with generous tuition waivers; see more for cost information and institute dates.

Oregon Poetry Association: Student Poems Needed


Teachers are invited to encourage your students who are writing daily in multiple genres per statewide guidelines to revise and select their best poem for publication consideration in the 2016 Oregon Poetry Association student poetry journal, "Cascadia". Complete submission details available at the OPA website.

Also poetry prompts and revision suggestions are provided there. Forty winning poems will be selected statewide for publication in "Cascadia" in four age divisions K through high school. Published poets and teachers will select the poems to be published, poets who appreciate thoughtful, vivid and playful student poems. Please visit the website for complete guidelines and send your best poem by Feb 8, 2016. Contact Steve Jones at with questions.