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Dr. Louis’ newest start-the-year video


Dr. Louis provides a flipped introduction to students regarding the color-coded JSWP terminology of writing an academic body paragraph for the Expository/Informational mode of discourse.

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Great for absent students to view and follow when they return to class.


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Popular Workshops & Live Webinars

Since 1984, the Jane Schaffer Writing Program® (JSWP) has been providing professional development for school districts and campuses across the nation. Interactive and focused on pragmatic teaching environments and productive coaching techniques, the JSWP team of experts model Jane's methodology and then guide teachers to write and practice the skills they have just learned while instructors answer questions and differentiate for special populations, just as we all do in the classroom with our own students. Teachers apply their understanding of combining details and analysis in order to produce effective paragraphs and essays. We believe in the gradual release of responsibility approach to teaching as the best way for teachers and their students to master the concepts in the Jane Schaffer Writing Program.
You may select from successful and updated modules or work with our staff to customize workshops, webinars, and job-embedded demonstration models. We provide single trainings or a continuous cycle of learning for your staff.
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Brick-n-Mortar Private Workshops
  • Up to 35 teachers
  • 6-8 hours per day
  • Discount on consecutive days
  • Customized to facilitate needs of district or campus
  • Private
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    Brick-n-Mortar Public Workshops
    • Major cities
    • 6-8 hours per day
    • No maximum number of participants
    • Open to the Public
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      Jane Schaffer Webinars (Live)
      • Materials included
      • Up to 100 teachers
      • 90 minute sessions per week
      • Typically, 5 sessions
      • No substitutes required
      • Open to the public
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        Self-Paced (Flipped) PD
        • Taped webinar
        • Up to 50 teachers
        • 90-day subscription
        • Private
        • Good for PLCs, Individual Review
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          Train-the-Trainer (Live OnSite)
          • Materials included
          • Small groups (Less than ten participants)
          • 12 days intensive study over the course of a school year
          • Have your own onsite trainer
          • Open to the public
          • Dallas or Los Angeles
          • Enter at any segment
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            This Month's Featured Guide

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            The House on Mango Street

            by Sandra Cisneros

            This curriculum unit includes tested and proven materials for teaching The House on Mango Street to junior high/middle school and high school students. We have developed this unit to offer teachers an introduction to the work of Sandra Cisneros, a modern Chicana author whose work also includes poems and short stories. One writer calls The House on Mango Street a “haunting classic about coming of age under the fetters of class, gender, and racial enmity” (from “The Loving Latina Lyricist” by Margaria Fichtner in the Miami Herald, March 31, 1992; in NEWSBANK LIT 26:D2).
            The House on Mango Street is an easy novel to read, and you can assign it in one of several ways. Some teachers give the novel as homework to be finished by a specific date; others have students read it by chapters; still, others read it aloud in class. All of these approaches work. You will notice that the sample timeline suggests a three-week unit. This is the format that we often use with the novel, but we have done it in a variety of other sequences. We hope that these materials will make the teacher’s job easier and student learning more productive.

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            Teaching with Dr. Louis

            A Blog devoted to working with teachers and improving students' skills and scores.

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            May 8, 2020

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            What Educators Say

            How educators respond to Jane Schaffer® professional learning and products


            Jill – Seventh Grade Teacher

            I have NOT stopped using your stuff since I attended your workshop. It has been so beneficial! Thank you for the work you do!

            What I LOVE about it is that I came back from that workshop and have incorporated it EVERY SINGLE TIME we have written. We are reading Tom Sawyer with 7th grade right now and I have just introduced a very simple five sentence paragraph to them that includes a topic sentence, one chunk, and a concluding sentence. They have written some samples on giant sticky notes in groups. Eventually, I will have them doing it by themselves, but they aren’t quite there yet. Another thing they did was to write two sentences of commentary for a concrete detail that I wrote for them. Thanks!


            Olivia – Second Grade Teacher

            My students love your writing method and absolutely love writing in the colors!


            Raji – High School Teacher

            Thank you for a great time of learning, your workshop provided. I am excited to implement the strategies I have learned, in my classroom , especially in the close reading and deconstruction of assigned readings. I would like to request more materials on close reading strategies if you have them. Thank you once again for your contribution in educating our students.

            Garden Street Academy – Response to Literature – Santa Barbara, California (2)

            Joy – English Department Chair

            I just wanted to take a moment to tell you again how much I enjoyed the training.

            Writing is Thinking

            Karen – Ninth Grade Teacher

            I was first introduced to  Jane’s Program back in 2000, and have been using it ever since.  Whenever I got the chance, I would go to her workshop updates.  

            Jane’s program is easily adaptable to expand or decrease essay length simply by adding or deleting chunks, CDs or CMs. I love it! And the color coding has always been a favorite component!  I wouldn’t have known how to really teach writing effectively without Jane’s program.  You see, I only have an English endorsement; my students become great writers not because of me, but because of Jane’s technique.  

            I am so pleased you are carrying on her legacy.  Her passing was devastating news as she was my greatest mentor, but she never knew it.


            Elissa – English Department Chair

            I have enjoyed using the Jane Schaffer products for many, many years.  I think my students are grateful for the clear instruction, and I look forward to using more of the writing program in my classes this fall.  Thank you for checking up on us!  I will send any questions your way in the future.


            Leah – Secondary Literacy Coach

            In a review of the JSWP materials with a teacher yesterday, I was particularly impressed by the sequencing of modeled writing, class writing, partner writing, and eventual independence, and the many tricks you provided to help students as they progress from one level to the next!

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