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Puget Sound Writing
professional development & workshops
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who we are

What we do
Our group is the evolution of the Puget Sound Writing Project at the University of Washington. For over thirty-five years we have provided in-service and extended trainings at schools and in summer workshops for teachers. 

At your school or district 
We have worked with literally hundreds of schools and districts to create professional development tailored to the specific needs of the organization.  Sessions can range from single day workshops to multiple sessions over a school year.  Professional development helps to effect change when it occurs over time, giving teachers time to try out strategies and then discuss successes and changes. Our model supports the professional learning community model.

Summer institutes in Writing and Reading We hold Summer Institutes to give teachers time to immerse themselves in their own writing and to explore new writing instructional strategies. Typically, teachers have time to work on their own curriculum, planning ways to take strategies from the Institute to their own classrooms. As a rule, Institutes are a week or more and run from 8:30-3:00.  Clock hours and credit are arranged through various avenues. Writing Institutes may center on specific areas such as Social Studies, Common Core, or Just Writing—a chance for teacher/writers to explore their own writing in depth.

Some possible areas for focus:

  • Teachers as writers
  • Launching writing
  • Using writing groups
  • Assessing writing
  • The beginning writer
  • The intermediate level
  • Reading and writing together
  • Revision
  • Writing in specific genres:  poetry, non-fiction, personal journal
  • The argument
  • Grammar