Oregon Writing Project
The Oregon Writing Project (OWP), a collaboration between Lewis & Clark, area schools, and the National Writing Project, offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. For over 25 years, OWP has been a vital resource for teachers across content areas who recognize the value of using writing as a means of thinking, exploring, and increasing academic achievement with students.
Oregon Writing Project Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is co-sponsored by the Oregon Writing Project in cooperation with Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling as well as the Center for Community Engagement. This program is aimed specifically at developing teacher expertise in coaching writing for students and faculty.
K-12 educators enrolled in the Teaching of Writing graduate program take 14 required semester hours of coursework. During this program, participants gain an understanding of how to teach and coach writing. Teachers research their own writing curriculum, reflect on their teaching practices, read current research in writing pedagogy, and examine models of successful professional development.
Following the National Writing Project model of "teachers teaching teachers," participants share successful writing activities and develop and implement curricula. They formulate research questions about their teaching practices and document the effects of their instruction by collecting and analyzing student work. While the bulk of the program focuses on developing and strengthening student writing, we also research and develop coaching and presentation skills. In the final course, participants write articles for professional journals about their research and practice in the teaching of writing.
A minimum of 14 semester hours, distributed as follows:
|ED 592/ED 692||Oregon Writing Project: Workshop in Teaching Writing (Invitational Summer Institute)||7|
|ED 594/ED 694||Oregon Writing Project: Practicum in Teaching Writing||2|
|ED 596/ED 696||Oregon Writing Project: Advanced Institute||2|
|ED 597/ED 697||Oregon Writing Project: Writing for Publication||3|
Electives are available but are not required. Elective classes might focus on writing for specific age groups (Example: ED 590 Oregon Writing Project: Teaching the Emergent K-2 Writer), or on genres. A full list of all Oregon Writing Project courses is available in this catalog.
Certificate in the Teaching of Writing Courses
Note: The course numbers given below are for on-campus courses. All courses have off-campus equivalents with a 600-level version of the course number. A full list of all Oregon Writing Project courses is available in this catalog.
ED 592 Oregon Writing Project: Workshop in Teaching Writing
Content: The four-week Invitational Summer Institute
provides a supportive, dialogic environment in
which to explore possibilities as writers,
teachers and leaders. The theory and practice of
writing are examined through individual
demonstrations, reading and discussion of current
research, and writing and sharing in writing
response groups. Twenty-five K-12 participants
develop their leadership potential for a variety
of roles, including local school/district reform
efforts that support the education and success of
all of Oregon's diverse student population. Social
justice and social action undergird the experience
in an attempt to embrace democratic ideals.
Restrictions: Participants must submit an application and have an interview to be accepted into this program.
Credits: 7 semester hours.
ED 594 Oregon Writing Project: Practicum in Teaching Writing
Content: After the camaraderie of the Summer Institute, too
often teachers return to the isolation of their
classroom. But you can reclaim your institute
community in the Saturday Seminars. Whether you
long for the conviviality of teachers sharing
stories or you miss a community of teacher-writers
who seek to increase their students' love for
writing or ability to punctuate, you will fill
your needs in the Saturday Seminars. Saturday
Seminars are a year-long series of 3-hour
workshops facilitated by the OWP director and
co-directors as well as OWP teacher consultants.
This class will focus on practical classroom
strategies and discussions that help develop
students as writers as well as teachers as
writers. Topics vary from session to session, but
each will include time for writing and reflection
as well as a framework or lesson to take back to
Prerequisites: ED 592/ED 692.
Credits: 1-2 semester hours.
ED 596 Oregon Writing Project: Advanced Institute
Content: This course is part of a series of OWP courses for
teachers interested in working as writing coaches
in schools and districts. Participants will
examine current research from writing and coaching
fields to learn effective coaching practices,
develop grade-level and content-level inservice
workshops, practice presentation skills.
Participants will engage in an individual inquiry
to apply the principles they develop through the
course to support local school and district reform
efforts aimed at improving writing instruction for
Prerequisites: ED-592/ED-692, ED 594/ED 694.
Restrictions: Consent of instructor.
Credits: 2 semester hours.
ED 597 Oregon Writing Project: Writing for Publication
Content: This course is part of a series for OWP graduates
interested in becoming writing coaches in
schools/districts. Teachers will write narratives
of school/teaching life, articles about theory and
practice grounded in classroom lessons, opinion
pieces about issues in the teaching of writing for
publications. First class is a three-day writing
Prerequisites: ED 592/ED 692, ED 594/ED 694.
Restrictions: Consent of instructor.
Credits: 3 semester hours.