PUSD Writing Project - Volume 1 Issue 17- January 11, 2016

Writing Workshop January Goals

  • To implement daily writing conferences using the Research-Decide-Teach-Link format.
  • To keep track of daily writing conferences using anecdotal notes.
  • To write and share your drafts with your students during writing workshop.
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Check Out Our Winter Writing Institute!

Last week we held our first ever Pasadena Writing Institute for Coaches & CRTs. In this institute we experienced the same processes each of you experienced last summer. Plus, we also discussed how to set up systems and structures at each school to support this growing work. What an amazing, passionate group of educators to help lead and support this work across PUSD next school year. Check out our photos below!

Don't Forget to Apply!

You must apply before deadline to participate in our PUSD Reading & Writing Workshop Pilot for the 2016-17 school year. All current Trailblazers are eligible to apply for our Year 2 Reading Workshop Pilot, which includes a Summer Reading Institute. For details, see the SMORE emailed from Zoila in Academics before break and the application link below.

Applications are due this Friday, January 15, 2016.

Online Food for Thought

Websites & Blogs Worth Following

Columbia University's Teachers College Reading & Writing Project has a collection of classroom videos on Vimeo that take you inside reading and writing workshops at various grade levels. Check them out here:

The Making of How to Swallow a Pig

Though many of you are just about to finish your informational unit or did finish your informational unit, you may want to mark this link for next year. Steve Jenkins has created a powerpoint on the Making of How to Swallow a Pig, which he wrote with Robin Page. The book is wonderful and the powerpoint explains the process in that Steve and Robin went through to create this book.

Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars!!!


Join us for our 2015-2016 Trailblazer Writing Labs! You won't want to miss these ongoing opportunities to come together as a community of writers and teachers of writing to dive deeper into various aspects of writing instruction.

These labs will be held on the B Mondays listed below from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. Attendance is voluntary. Goodies will be given away at each lab to those who participate. Let's keep the energy alive!

#3 January 25, 2016 ~ Mentor Texts (Location: NCES 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.)

#4 February 29, 2016 ~ Small Group Work

#5 April 18, 2016 ~ Student Work & Resource Share

WRITING UNIT PLANNING RELEASE TIME (see calendar invite for details)

February 16, 2015 ~ McKinley Grades 2 to 5

February 17, 2015 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 1, 2, 4, 5

February 18, 2015 ~ Madison Grades K to 2

Note: If you don't see your school or grade level listed, we're likely still working out the details.

Writing Lab #3

Monday, Jan. 25th, 2pm

2600 Paloma Street

Pasadena, CA


  • To energize a community of teachers to explore the teaching of writing
  • To develop a deeper understanding of what mentor texts are and how to use them

RSVPs are enabled for this event.