Louann Baker


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Louann Baker, Central California Writing Project Director and UCSC Instructor/Supervisor of Teacher Education, loves designing instructional materials and facilitating literacy workshops. With a Master’s in Reading and Language Arts and a Reading Specialist credential, she has participated in statewide writing research projects, including a twelve-year collaboration with CWP in the ISAW (Improving Student Analytical Writing) study. During her 30 years of teaching, she has made a commitment to keeping students at the center, to life-long learning from colleagues, and to understanding the implications of Equity in the context of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Current Inquiry:

What is “elaboration?”  What lessons, strategies, mentor texts and tools will help my students improve their conceptual understanding of and their use of “elaboration” in their writing?