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2012 GVWP Demo Lab: Creating Writers Through 6-Traits (Grades K-12)

Great Valley Writing Project

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM - Friday, June 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

Ripon, CA

2012 GVWP Demo Lab: Creating Writers Through 6-Traits...

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In our interactive demonstration workshops, teachers explore instructional practices that dramatically increase motivation, confidence, and achievement at all ability levels. Participants read, discuss ideas, and observe expert teachers working with real students in a full-sized classroom laboratory. 

Participants will read the latest edition of Vicki Spandel's Creating Writers Through Six-Trait Assessment and Instruction.  This book offers detailed guidelines that show teachers how to build skills and understanding through a shared language, the six traits of quality writing.  By studying Spandel's text, observing demonstration lessons, and analyzing writing produced by K-12 students at the workshop, teachers will not only improve their ability to assess student needs but they will also find practial and powerful ways to deliver lessons that meet those needs.

Demonstration lessons will help teachers understand and address the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by the California State Board of Education and will be implemented over the next three years.

Participating teachers work in separate grade-span groups (K-2, 3-6, and 7-12) with experienced leaders. Working together, everyone discovers more effective ways to meet the unique writing needs of their students.

Daizy Grewal commented on her experience at the 2011 program:

"The coursework not only solidified the Writing Process / Writer’s Workshop approach, but it also encouraged deeper and more meaningful learning to take place through synthesis of a variety of ideas from everyone involved."

Click here to read all teacher comments from the 2011 Demo Lab.


If you are a current or former teacher, you can bring your kids! School-aged children of participating teachers may enroll in the writing lab that accompanies the course free of charge. To see how our summer programs operate, visit to view photos and student projects from the 2011 Writing & Technology Workshops.  NOTE: Before enrolling your children, contact Melissa King <> or Sally Hale <> to get a special promotional code, and don't delay-- interested teachers must complete their enrollment applications before all of the student slots are filled.



All meetings will be held at Ripon High School (see maplink in right column).

 • Orientation Meeting:  Friday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. - noon
 (An alternate orientation meeting will be scheduled for those who are still teaching on June 1st.)

 • Ten Weekdays at our Demonstration Lab:  June 4 - 15, 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Do you have a conflict with one of the dates? Make-up sessions are offered for all GVWP classes!

FREE ENROLLMENT for teachers in neighboring communities!

The $50 registration fee (payable at the opening session) will be fully refunded to local teachers who complete course requirements! Our registration refunds are available to teachers in public and private schools in south San Joaquin County and north Stanislaus County. In addition, all GVWP Teacher Consultants qualify for the registration refund.

In San Joaquin County, this region includes Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon, Tracy, Banta, Jefferson, Lammersville, New Jerusalem, SJ County-Operated schools, plus Charter Schools that serve children in these communities.

In Stanislaus County, this region includes Modesto, Salida, Sylvan, Stanislaus Union, Paradise, Hart Ransom, Shiloh, Riverbank, Oakdale, Valley Home, Knight's Ferry, Empire, Waterford, Stanislaus County-Operated schools, plus Charter Schools that serve children in these communities.)

Teachers from other regions are welcome to attend and invited to register online; their nonrefundable registration fee is payable at the opening session of the class.

A $25.00 non-refundable materials fee is required (collected at the opening session).

Three units of extended education credit are available for purchase from CSU Stanislaus.


TO REGISTER:  Simply select one "ticket" for your grade span and click the large orange "Register" button. If you cannot see the "Register" button, your computer may be set to block online signups. Contact one of our coordinators, and we will get you registered by phone:

- Melissa King at (209) 838-2115 or

- Kathy Harvey at (209) 612-2541 or

- Sally Hale at (209) 605-3895 or

- Or contact the study group leader for your grade span (listed below).

Teachers Who Will Present Demonstration Lessons include:

K-3rd Leaders:  Lori Stitt, Stephanie Berhorst, Krista Beltran and others.... Questions about course content? Contact Lori Stitt at

3rd-6th Leaders:  Kerry Teicheira, Sally Hale, Paul Fern and others.... Questions about course content? Contact Kerry Teicheira at

7th-9th Leaders:  Cam Burton, Kathy Harvey, Jenna Valponi, and others.... Questions about course content? Contact Cam Burton at

10th-12th Leaders:  Elyce Silva, Maria Shreve, Kim Bell, and others.... Questions about course content? Contact Elyce Silva at

For more information, contact:

Great Valley Writing Project 
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle, DBH308
Turlock, CA 95382

(209) 667-3490 •



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Ripon High School
301 N Acacia Ave
Ripon, CA 95366

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM - Friday, June 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

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