Professional Development

The San Antonio Writing Project comprises a group of experienced and dedicated teachers, across disciplines, who can provide professional development for your school. The National Writing Project is an authorized professional development provider under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (otherwise known as No Child Left Behind).

Each in-service activity offered by SAWP can be custom-designed to fit the particular needs and circumstance of the school requesting our service. Contact SAWP for more information and details on pricing of in-service: sawp@utsa.edu or call (210) 458-5427.

Workshops for Writing Teachers
Three 1/2 day workshops to help teachers teach the most challenging parts of the STAAR Test.
–Teaching Persuasive Writing
–Teaching Expository Writing
–Teaching Revision and Editing

Workshops Information

Open Institutes
Open Institutes last a week and focus on issues that are of critical concern in the classroom such as addressing the needs of second language learners, preparing college ready writers, offering an overview of basic teaching strategies for writing instruction. Open Institutes typically happen in the summer. The cost of a week-long Open Institute ranges from $2500 to $5000 depending upon the workshop and the school’s requests. Institutes could be for between 15 and 40 teachers.
See examples of previous Open Institutes from SAWP!

District Partnerships
The San Antonio Writing Project is interested in professional development that lasts, and this kind of change takes time. The San Antonio Writing Project can provide customized faculty development for particular schools or school districts related to teaching writing across disciplines from K-college. Working with faculty and administration, SAWP can help design a program to fit a particular school’s needs. These multi-session inservice sessions are taught by master teachers who share their knowledge about various aspects of the writing process: prewriting, organizing, elaborating, revising, editing, and publishing. They emphasize the STAAR Test and TEKS as they demonstrate how to motivate young writers and how to build a positive and productive learning environment.

Super Saturday Series
SAWP also hosts half day workshops typically the first Saturday of the month. These workshops are open to the San Antonio community and typically free. At these workshops, SAWP Teacher Consultants present Teaching Demonstrations of particular teaching assignments and are held at the UTSA-Downtown Campus.

SAWP Teacher’s Conference
Each February, SAWP hosts a larger Super Saturday conference for teachers on the teaching of writing. This conference consists of a guest speaker and multiple concurrent sessions showcasing effective teaching lessons from the classrooms of SAWP Teacher Consultants.

See information on last years February Teacher Conference