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Register, Attend, and Enjoy the Three-day Workshop in Courtyard Austin Pflugerville, TX
begins September 12-14, 2019; Close Reading Strategies, STAAR® English I Expository Essay and English II Persuasive Essay

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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.
Click Here To Download the 2019-2020 Schedule

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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            Featured Guide

            September's Featured Curriculum Guide

            Their Eyes Were Watching God

            This curriculum unit includes tested and proven materials for teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God to high school students. We have developed it to offer other teachers a sample plan that introduces students to a contemporary novel written by Zora Neale Hurston, a major writer during the Harlem Renaissance. It is a book that June Jordan called “the prototypical Black novel of affirmation . . . the most successful, convincing, and exemplary novel of Black love that we have.”

            First published in 1937, the novel was out of print for several decades but became the focus of renewed attention and interest after the 1975 publication of “Looking for Zora,” an essay by Alice Walker, printed in the March 1975 issue of Ms. Magazine. We have included Walker’s essay (from “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose”) for you and your students to read and are grateful to Harcourt Brace and Company for giving permission to reprint it. We use the essay at the end of the unit and find that Walker’s story about locating Hurston’s grave has a deep impact on our students. Our students have liked the story and say they enjoy reading about a woman who succeeds in the end against difficult odds. They like Janie Crawford’s determination and perseverance and her refusal to give up on her idea of love and happiness. They have said that the dialect is challenging at first but that its cadence and conversational patterns make it easy to follow after they get into the work. Click Here for More Information


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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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