University of California, Riverside

Inland Area Writing Project

2018 IAWP Annual Conference

Inland Area Writing Project, UC Riverside


Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Pre-Registration required


Beyond Writing Assignments:  Cultivating Skill, Voice, and the Love for Writing

 For K-University Educators, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

 Annual Conference Flier 

Join us for the 2018 Inland Area Writing Project Conference. Participate in interactive, standards and research-based workshops developed by educators and focused on effective writing instruction for all learners. 

Learn strategies for promoting literacy through meaningful writing instruction, creating connections between reading and writing, providing constructive feedback, advancing critical thinking and writing skills in order to help students of all abilities discover their voice and develop a love for writing and literacy

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Registration:  $100

 Your registration includes: participation in three 90-minute workshops, parking, lunch, and certification for professional development hours.

In case you have any further questions, please email us at, or call our office at (951) 827-3666. For more immediate assistance email is preferable.



**The grade levels in parentheses are only an indication for what audience the workshop is appropriate for. Most workshops include strategies that can be used across the grade levels. 

Establishing a Writing Community (Grades K-5)

This interactive workshop will provide participants with a wealth of ideas, such as identity poems, for building a safe learning environment where all students feel comfortable writing and sharing their voices with one another. Laura Smart Osoff, Instructional Coach (K-5), Ontario Montclair SD

Word Up! (Grades 2 & up)

Many students lack a strong word bank to draw upon when they read or write. In this interactive workshop participants learn strategies to help their students develop their vocabulary superpowers with a series of fun, interactive activities designed for all students, whether they are ELD, SAI, or GATE. Betsy Newmeyer, Teacher, Beaumont USD

Becoming a Writer (Even If You’re 5…) (Grades K-2)

Participants will be shown the very first steps that primary students take to become writers. This workshop shows how listening and speaking are the building blocks of reading and writing and how the use of literature and meaningful experiences are critical in any writing classroom. Janet Timm, Teacher, Lake Elsinore USD

Opinion to Argument: Bringing Primary Students Through the Door to Argumentative Discourse (Grades TK-2)

Teachers will build an understanding of how opinion in the primary grades is the building block for persuasion and argumentation in later grades. Through oral rehearsal and the utilization of mentor texts, teachers will build the thinking and rhetorical language to help students build a path to strong writing in the argumentative domain. Cynthia Lopez, Teacher, Ontario Montclair SD

Student Novelist: National Novel Writing Month for Students (Grades 3 & up)

Teachers will learn about using different texts to develop a word bank for a theme to write a novel. Furthermore, teachers will access the Youth National Novel Writing Month website to understand its parameters and start work on a novel or story. Krystina Lee, Teacher, San Jacinto USD

Cross-Cutting Concepts and Mentor Texts (Grades 2-5)

Participants will learn the cross-cutting concepts of NGSS and how to find examples of them in student picture books. Participants will also engage in a 3rd grade science investigation and take visual notes. Amanda Shanahan, Teacher, Riverside USD

Writing to Learn Using Sources (Grades 3 & up)

Participants will understand why and how students need to write to learn from sources by engaging in a close reading lesson, shared writing activity, and a found poem. Karen Wang, Instructional Coach, Alvord USD

Power Writing to Encourage Powerful Writing (Grades 3-6)

Through the writing routine Power Writing, participants will learn to help students organize their thought processes before they begin writing. Starting with an essential question, students will generate ideas through the use of graphic/pictures, videos, collaborative dialogue, and interactive games to process new learning and engage in writing. Participants will learn how and when to use power writing to enhance new units of study as well as how to use it to increase fluency and to assess student writing. Gustavo Macuil, Teacher, Ontario-Montclair SD

Strategies to Build and Support a Community of Writers (Grades 6-12)

In this session, participants will experience strategies to build a community of writers, as well as support students through the writing process. From notebook writing to revision, this workshop will provide teachers with the tools to consistently support their student writers. Deanna Kodama, Teacher, Ontario-Montclair SD

The Burkean Parlor: Joining the Conversation (Grades 6-16)

Participants will learn how to help students contribute their own arguments to the "conversation" presented by other writers in a text set. This method places a high importance on critical reading and helping students understand the relationship amongst texts before presenting their own argument. Ashley Rodriguez, Instructional Coach, Val Verde USD

Timed Writing Strategies for Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

This workshop will guide participants through a variety of strategies to help students tackle on demand analysis writing. Valerie Skudlarski, Teacher, Fontana USD

Writing as a Conversation (Grades 6-12)

This workshop will demonstrate the use of a set of interrelated texts to teach students how to embed evidence in their writing. It provides a set of language for students (from Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts by Joseph Harris) and gives clear models of how authors interact through their writing. This scaffolded lesson begins with models and leads to students practicing these skills in their own writing. The topic is whether or not Shakespeare should be taught in high school, but can be adapted to any argumentative prompt. Jessica Steenhard, Teacher, Corona Norco USD

Writing Poetry to Understand Poetry (Grades 7-12):

Participants will consider the sonnet form and practice several writing strategies to help students gain access to and a better understanding and appreciation for advanced poetry. William Stanford, Teacher, Rubidoux USD

Voice, Diversity, and Academic Standards: A Pedagogical Razor’s Edge (Grades 7-16)

This interactive workshop consists both an application of and intervention into some current debates over the role of voice in the composition classroom in the context of preparing students for high-education standards. The workshop involves the demonstration of some sample lesson plans that attempt to balance voice and standards in the early invention stages of the writing process. Jerome Winter, Teacher, University Writing Program, UCR

Beyond Just Grading: Building Formative and Self-Assessment Skills (Grades 8-16)

Participants will learn and apply a variety of strategies in evaluating student writing. These strategies can be used not only for formative assessment of student papers, but also in the classroom by students themselves in order to enhance their independent thinking and writing skills. Ninetta Papadomichelaki and Lash Vance, Teachers, University Writing Program, UCR


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