Featured Programs

Great Valley Writing Camps for K-12 Students

K-12 summer enrichment programs – nonprofit – open to the public.

  • Ten weekday mornings (8:30-11:30) devoted to writing & publishing.
  • One personal writing mentor for every five students! 
  • $155-$165 per student – large-family discounts & full scholarships available

Three Locations in June:

  • Ripon: June 8-19 writing camp serves K-12 in downtown Ripon.
  • Manteca: June 8-19 writing camp serves K-8 at Great Valley Academy.
  • Tracy: June 15-26 writing camp serves K-8 at Hawkins Elementary.

More info:

Summer Mini Institute

The Great Valley Writing Project (GVWP) at CSU Stanislaus sponsors professional development for teachers modeled after the successful Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley. This one-week institute is an introduction to the National Writing Project culture of teachers teaching teachers. Participants will study composition theory and recent research, write extensively, and provide helpful feedback on each other’s writing in small response groups.

This thirty-hour course is open to teachers and administrators from all disciplines in elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutes. Applicants should have an interest in reflecting on their teaching practice and developing their expertise in the teaching of writing.

Registration deadline: June 30, 2015
Dates: July 6-10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  California State University, Stanislaus- Stockton Campus
Registration Fee:$250

For more information and the application 

Implementing Common Core State Standards in All Content Areas for 6th-12th Grade Teachers

Explore writing in subject areas with experienced secondary teachers who will demonstrate how writing activities increase student understanding.  Experienced GVWP teacher leaders provide ready-to-use reading and writing strategies that support all students. Join your colleagues for five days of learning about content area writing.

Dates: June 22-26, 2015
Times: 8:30am-3:30pm
Location:   Calaveras Office of Education,185 South Main Street - Angels Camp

Registration fee: $175 (FREE to the first 20 Calaveras Teachers)

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/implementing-ccss-in-all-content-areas-for-6th-12th-grade-teachers-tickets-16537176139?aff=es2

Demonstration Labs at Ripon Elementary & Ripon High School • June 5-19, 2015

K-2: Invitation-only… Send K-2 nominee names to Melissa King
2-4: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades
4-6: Revision Decisions, Talking Through Sentences and Beyond
6-12: Revision Decisions, Talking Through Sentences and Beyond
Demo Lab information page: http://www.gvwp.org/demolabs

Demonstration Labs at Hawkins School, Tracy • June 12-26, 2015 
K-2: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades
3-5: Teaching Argument Writing
6-9: Teaching Writing with the Best Interest of Students in Mind
Demo Lab information page: http://www.gvwp.org/demolabs

    Young Writers’ Workshop

    This program offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their writing talents. Under the guidance of experienced Great Valley Writing Project Teacher Consultants, students have a chance to grow as writers. In an atmosphere that is optimal for young writers, students become better writers. Students share writings with fellow students, conference with teachers, and experiment with a variety of genre and creative techniques.

    Dates: July 6-17, 2015
    Times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Fee: $250, earlybird registration is $225 if you register by April 6, 2015

    CSU Stanislaus
    One University Circle, 
    Turlock, CA 95382

    Pay by check: call 667-3490 and fill out the Registration form
    Pay by credit card:  https://yww2015.eventbrite.com

    Please read the event details before registering.