Teachers Needed to Lead Young Writers' Camps in Newberg


OWPC at George Fox has received a grant from the National Writing Project to support Writing Project teachers in working together to explore, dream, envision, design and pilot innovative models of Young Writers Camps. Our goals are to extend educational opportunities to underserved children in the Newberg area and also to foster growth in the NWP teacher network.

We are inviting K-6 Writing Project teachers to become involved in this effort. You do not need to be an “expert” in technology, although it would be great to have teachers who are familiar with iPads sign up to participate. We are inviting 5 teachers who have been through a summer or winter/spring institute with us to participate in this work; space is still available. 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 and Yune Tran.

Winter Institute Coming January 2016


We are actively recruiting teachers to attend the 2016 Winter Institute! 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.

Does this interest you? Check here for more information or apply now!

Have you gone through an Institute? If so, we would really appreciate your help in identifying exemplary teachers who would be valuable participants in our institutes. You are in a great position to nominate teachers who would benefit from the Institute experience. Please submit your nominations online here

OWPC Writer Publishes Second Book


We are delighted that Tebot Bach has published OWPC writer Lois Rosen's second book of poetry, entitled Nice and Loud. It was released in September 2015 and is available at The Book Bin in Salem, Oregon, online at tebotbach.org and on Amazon. Congratulations, Lois!

Lois has generously allowed us to share a few of her poems for you here: "Peaches" and "Cordate Shape".