It's Leap Year!

2/28/2020

Greetings teachers, parents, and writers!

2020 is giving us an extra day. How will you use it? Write? Reflect? Connect? 

The rare February sunshine slanting across my computer screen is making me so joyful for leaning into the goodness of composition. We hope it is inspiring similar feelings in each of you; read on for some of the good things happening at OWPC and see where you’d like to join us! Please spread the word to your colleagues by forwarding us on. 

Susanna Thornhill, Director of OWPC @ George Fox

Institute in the Teaching of Writing

2020 Taste of Summer Institute: Register Interest Now!

We are collecting applications of interest for our upcoming Taste of Summer Institute (TOSI): Nourishing Voice. In this experience, teachers will explore the connections between their stories and the ways those stories can change the world.

TOSI leaders Angela Newport and Nancy Fischer will share from their rich reading practices and educational expertise to explore culturally relevant practices for teacher-writers, utilizing mentor texts, story kernels, and writing lineages to cultivate intentional and mindful writing practices. We encourage you to come explore these ideas and others alongside Angela, Nancy, and their team of teacher writers.

This year's TOSI will meet Tuesday, July 28, through Thursday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Broadway Commons in Salem, Oregon.

Reserve your spot today!

More info here

2020 Winter Institute Going Strong

Nine teachers and four coaches are writing together one weekend a month during our 2020 Winter Institute. This year’s group hails from these school districts: Cascade, Newberg, North Marion, West Linn-Wilsonville, and as far away as Klamath Falls. Our fellows have been exploring questions of how black-out poetry can inspire writing voice for dense texts and what an exploration of art in process can offer writers as they revise. 

We began our January weekend in an unusual way with the serendipitous intersection of our opening weekend with the TedX event in McMinnville. OWPC Coach Matt Brisbin was featured as the opening speaker, and we were glad to cheer him on from the audience. The day was rich with ideas and inspiration. Future teacher-consultants Bonnie Ireland, Christine Bullock, and Sarah Tolstrup presented their Model Inquiry Lessons in February. 

Interested in an institute but not sure you have a full two weeks to devote to it? Check our our 2020 Taste of Summer Institute (TOSI) with the theme Nourishing Voice, led by long-time coaches Angela Newport and Nancy Fischer. 

Teacher Workshops

Matt Boase, teacher at West Albany High School, led 22 teachers and other educators through a professional development workshop aimed at teaching use of free software to create videos to enhance classroom teaching. Participants used Adobe Spark, Google Chrome extensions, QuickTime and more to create several different kinds of videos. Matt will also lead another version of this online workshop starting March 2. 

Do you have ideas for leading a professional development workshop? Do you have a workshop idea that you’d love to attend? We want your ideas! Email Oregon Writing Project at owpcollaborative@georgefox.edu.

NaNoWriMoExcellence!

Christine Bullock, teacher at Cascade High School, led the Writing Club in a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) activity in November. Over 20 students worked on free-writes, then worked until the end of January to revise their pieces. Their work will be presented in a showcase in the spring. Thanks, Christine, for your leadership and passionate work with students! Want to share incredible work you’ve done with your students? Email us at owpcollaborative@georgefox.edu.

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Teacher Leader Speaks at TEDx Event

Matt Brisbin 

Matt Brisbin, a teacher at McMinnville High School and an Oregon Writing Project Collaborative teacher leader, gave the opening talk at a local TEDx event in McMinnville on Jan. 25, 2020. He spoke about fundamentally changing the function of his classroom by throwing out grades altogether. This daring classroom change transformed the way his students approached learning, discussion, and writing. Keep an eye on YouTube for his full talk to be uploaded!

Summer 2020 Young Writers' Camps

Graphic Novel Camp

July 20-24, 2020

Cost: $120 (early bird rate of $95 through May 1!)

Led by teacher-consultant Laura Shingleton, Graphic Novel Camp will be held at the Hallie Ford Art Museum at Willamette University. Camp is open to participants ages 11-14 to explore graphic novels, the perfect combination of drawing and writing. Campers will use mentor texts to develop both writing and drawing skills and use them to begin their own graphic novel. This Young Writers Camp will run July 20-24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will culminate at noon on Friday, July 24, with a light reception when students will share their writing and take their families and friends on free, guided tours of the museum.

Choose Your Own Adventure Stories Camp

August 3-7, 2020

Cost: $120 (early bird rate of $95 through May 1!)

Led by teacher-consultant Christy Beckstrom, Choose Your Own Adventure Stories Camp will be held at the Hallie Ford Art Museum at Willamette University. This camp will give students in grades 5-12 the opportunity to develop a story where two choices appear and the writer writes out what will happen on each storyline. Campers will explore plot, characterization, setting, and plot twists. This Young Writers Camp will run Aug. 3-7, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day and will culminate at noon on Friday, Aug. 7, with a light reception when students will share their writing and take their families and friends on free, guided tours of the museum.

Students as Thinkers and Writers Camp

August 3-7, 2020

Cost: $120 (early bird rate of $95 through May 1!)

Led by teacher-consultant Christy Beckstrom, Students as Thinkers and Writers: Writing for College, Career, and Civic Readiness Camp will be held at the Hallie Ford Art Museum at Willamette University. This camp will give students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to write about neighborhood problems, their dream job, future inventions, or college/scholarship application essays. Campers will have opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm, write for fun, and write for change. This Young Writers Camp will run Aug. 2-7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. each day and will include a light reception on Friday, August 7, when students will share their writing and take their families and friends on free, guided tours of the museum.

Register for a 2020 Young Writers Camp here!

Theatre Workshop in Projection Design

Projection Design

June 22-26, 2020

Cost: $695 (plus up to optional three graduate credits for additional $100 each)

George Fox professor Bryan Boyd is offering another summer workshop for theatre instructors. Geared toward high school teachers and staff, this hands-on interactive course in projection design will explore the two major roles of a designer: content creation and system design. Students will walk step-by-step through the process of setting up projection systems, generating content, and programming cues. They will complete a series of hands-on creative projects throughout the week to solidify their learning.

The five-day course can be taken for PDUs only or for two continuing education graduate credits, with the option of a third credit for work related to a production or class at a home school or theatre.

In partnership with OWPC, the Theatre Design Institute is an outreach program of George Fox University that equips high school educators in the areas of design and technical theatre, inspires them to turn their production ideas into reality, and helps them build stronger arts education programs.