PUSD Writing Project - Volume 1 Issue 16 - December 14, 2015

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Dear Trailblazers,

As we head off to winter break, it is our wish for each one of you that these two weeks will be a time of rejuvenation. Everyone has worked so hard over the past 4-1/2 months, and you have certainly earned this time to catch up on sleep, curl up with a hot beverage and a good book, and spend time reconnecting with family and friends.

It is also our hope that you will return with renewed energy and vision for the work that is ahead of us. Time away from work can provide us with a fresh perspective and insight when we return.

Enjoy your time away, take care of yourselves, and we look forward to continuing on this journey of learning together in the new year

Happy Holidays!

Jamie & Alyson

Shout Outs

Check out what's happening in our PUSD Trailblazer writing workshops. Send us photos from your workshops to share!

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 2016 at 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.